Jul06

How to Teach Young Children How to Write

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How to Teach Young Children How to Write

Writing Stages

  • The first stage of writing is scribbling.  
  • The second stage of writing is making lines, markings, and shapes.
  • The third stage of writing is making a continuous series of letters
  • The fourth stage of writing begins when a child makes some letter/ sound matches; for example he may write the letter “c” next to his picture of a cat.
  • The fifth stage writing begins when a child uses more conventional spellings of words.
Jul06

The Power of Play

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The Power of Play

Why have a play-based classroom?

A play-based classroom is an effective environment for children to reach their fullest potential in all five domains: social, emotional, creative, physical, and cognitive. Play is children’s work. A play-based environment keeps children engaged and creates a desire for learning. A love of learning advances all domains through acceptance, affirmation, and exploration through a play-based environment.

Jul01

What Food Does To The Brain?

Categories // Teaching Aids, Teaching Children - Cambodia

What Food Does To The Brain?

Nutrition affects a child’s IQ, learning, concentration, sleep, and behavior.  In order to build a healthy brain, a child needs balanced blood sugar, certain essential fats, vitamins and minerals.

Balanced Blood Sugar

Our bodies have a love/hate relationship with sugar. Of course, extreme sugar intake is bad. Too much sugar can cause children to be hyperactive and make it difficult for them to focus. On the other hand, we need sugar in order for our bodies to run properly. If children don’t have enough sugar they may feel tired and short-tempered, making it hard to focus. Most importantly, everyone needs a balanced amount of sugars such as glucose, which is vital to the brain, because it fuels billions of neurons, which keep us alive.

Jul01

Create an Interesting Classroom

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Create an Interesting Classroom

Create a Sense of Belonging

Decorate your classroom with bright colors and add a few colorful plants to add warmth. If possible, paint the walls in blue and green. Line your bulletin boards with newsletters, announcements, and artwork. On the walls have children’s creations displayed at eye level, in addition to family pictures. This provides a sense of belonging to children and their families. A decorated environment provides parents a sense of welcoming and fosters family participation.Every student should have their own individual cubby to store their personal belongings in. Label each cubby with the students name, picture, and maybe post one interesting fact. The cubbies provide a private place for each child to feel a sense of belonging.

Jun25

Classroom Management

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Classroom Management

Daily Picture Schedule

Some English Language Learners in your classroom might not understand all the words that you are saying, but it is possible for them to understand the routine of each day through pictures. Each picture on the schedule should have the time, in addition to a corresponding picture demonstrating the activity.

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