Children are encouraged to participate in daily large motor activities
to enhance physical development. I do this by being very enthusiastic
and even joining in with the children at play. Outside we play tag,
ball, hopscotch, and other made up games. Inside we play parachute, hide
and seek, beanbag toss, and the children climb up the climber. I also
communicate with the children and their parents about the importance of
being physically active. In class we have discussions, and I send
newsletters home to parents with suggestions for activities, and facts
about physical health. Children in my classroom get plenty of time for
large motor activities and know why they are important to their health.
I help children develop cognitive
skills by encouraging them to hypothesis and try things out. For
example, when it snowed this winter the children placed snowballs in the
freezer and discovered that they froze into solid ice. They thought that
the snow would stay the same rather then freeze, and were surprised that
the snow froze. We discussed what happened and why it may have happened.
I keep activities interesting so that they are fun and spark children’s
curiosity. I do this by rotating materials so things are new, taking
field trips, having an emergent curriculum, and allowing children to ask
questions and actively participate in learning. Cognitive skills are
used daily in our classroom and the children have fun developing them.
Creativity is fostered in the materials and interest areas throughout
our classroom. Children have access to, and are encouraged to use
various art supplies to create their own artwork. Paints, markers,
pencils, crayons, oil pastels, and paper are readily available for
children to freely explore. Many forms of music are sung and played
during the day, including music in foreign languages. Children can use
instruments, fabric, and scarves to move with the music. Many different
kinds of clothing can be found in the dress up area. Suits, robes,
scarves, firemen outfits, and others are rotated. They love to create
head wraps and dresses out of shiny fabric and prance around the room in
various poses for a pretend fashion show. There is no shortage of
creative expression in our room!
center I help children learn, understand, and use words to communicate.
This is done by encouraging conversations throughout the classroom. I
ask children about what they are doing and prompt them to explain in
detail. Children are reminded to use their words to express themselves
when they are having a difficult time communicating. I have daily
discussions with the children, and they are encouraged to give their
input and ask questions. Several items are labeled around the room so
that they can connect the words with the objects. I read books and play
music that contains new vocabulary so that children are exposed to new
words daily. The children in my class have ample opportunities to
develop their communication skills.