I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ~ Albert Einstein


Monday, January 16, 2012

Meeting Pre-K Standards Through Play; Domain: Social and Emotional Development

Pre-K Benchmark: Children recognize themselves as unique individuals having their own abilities, feelings, characteristics, and interests.

The children's individuality is supported and celebrated in many
different ways each day.
 During dramatic play, art, and other social activities, the children are allowed to express themselves and share their many interests. There are many activities offered which teach us how we are alike and different from our friends. During circle time, we talk about our families and family traditions. There are many opportunities to discuss feelings, and how we manage them.
The mixed age group allows the children to learn and grow from each other, which gives each child a sense of accomplishment, pride,
and growth of self esteem.
The children's individuality is also supported and respected throughout our room. Each child has their own special place for their belongings, individual artwork is displayed though out the space, and pictures of the children and their families are hung as well.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children regulate their response to needs, feelings, and events.

Self-regulation is a process that allows the child to appropriately respond to their environment. In order to regulate their response to their feelings and needs, the children must be able to translate what they experience in to information they can use. This usually proves to be a complex task. At daycare, we support this learning process by modeling appropriate behavior and offering hints and cues as to how the child should respond.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children demonstrate and continue to develop positive relationships with significant adults.

By actively engaging in activities with the children and offering guidance, we are able to support positive relationships and build trust. Transitions are supported by establishing routines which help the child ease into their day. While some children need extra cuddles at drop off, others like to begin their day in the block area every morning. Children who have a difficult time transitioning between activities are given verbal and visual cues as to when we will begin a new activity. Children are reminded of daily happenings through routines and schedules, and trust that they will do so each day. (i.e.- We go ouside after morning clean up; mommy will be here after snack; etc.) By continually meeting the needs of the child, both emotionally and physically, we are able to build lasting relationships that are positive, trusting, and conducive to their development.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children develop positive relationships with their peers.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children demonstrate pro-social problem solving skills in social interactions.

Children develop relationships with each other through everyday experiences and play. They offer support and show concern for their friends, while learning cooperation and how to work together. The children learn to use many strategies to solve conflicts such as turn taking, and accepting compromise. The mixed age group allows them to learn and grow from each other, much like siblings would do at home.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children understand and follow routines and rules.

Pre-K Benchmark: Children adapt to change.

Structure and routines are an important part of your child's day. Although our schedule is flexible, the children are aware of our routine and always know what will happen next. Visual and verbal cues assist them as well. Rules are also another important part of your child's day. Rules are simple, and developmentally appropriate for each child. With consistency, the children are able to learn to self regulate behaviors on their own. With schedules and rules in place, children are able to transition with minimal support between routine activities and new or unexpected occurrences. The children also learn many different strategies to cope with change, and how to adjust their behavior appropriately for different settings and/or activities.

Up Next:

Domain: Communication, Language, & Literacy.

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