Wednesday, November 18, 2009

“The foundation of self-development begins in an environment that sensitively responds to the child’s most basic needs”

During group time it is important to remember that it is a time of transition and refocusing. Appeal to the children’s needs as a group now. Point out individuality, acknowledge similarities, sing together, clearly state what will be happening afterwards, encourage cooperation during snack, and organize adults in the classroom as well. While the children are eating snack, this is a good time to reflect on how the day has progressed and how individual children are responding to the environment and personal interactions.
Some songs to bring children together:
“Joey’s wearing his big blue boots all day long” (whomever, whatever- to the tune of “Here we go ‘round the Mulberry Bush”)
“I had a Pet Gorilla”
“If You’re Happy and you Know It”
“Oh, Mr. Sun”
“Little Red Caboose”
“Old MacDonald”-(this one is fun, but can get loud!)

By: Dianna Dammir

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