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How to Have Small Groups with Preschoolers
When planning small group activities for our preschoolers, I think of various skills I’d like to develop. We play many games that include numbers and letters. We work in our journals, thread, and work with scissors to strengthen our fine motor skills. We practice self-help skills such as pouring water. We sort colors and work on shape recognition.
How we organize our small groups:
Towards the end of each preschool day in our 3 year olds class is when we have our small group activities. We divide our 16 children into 4 groups, and each group works on a skill. Three of the groups are led by a teacher or assistant and the 4th group is independent. We only have 1 small group per day. The following school day the children will move to a different small group. So, it takes 4 days to complete 4 groups with rotations.
An example of a small group activity:
I wanted to provide an activity that would involve color and number recognition.
How to Have Small Groups with Preschoolers – More Ideas:
Organizing a Small Group (Pre-Kinders)
Small Group Games (education.com)
The How and Why of Using Small Groups (brighthubeducation.com)
More ideas for young children: