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Tips for Teaching Toddlers
Tips for new toddler teachers, from those with experience:
- A schedule is a must, but don’t stress if you get off-track a bit.
- Always stay positive.
- If all else fails, jam out to great music.
- It’s okay if they get messy.
- Remember that the kids will get really attached to you.
- Enjoy them and laugh it off and everyone will be happier!
- Let them create art their own way.
- Be consistent and patient.
- Build potty time into your schedule every hour as a transition between activities.
- When they get energetic, dance!
- Create as much of a positive environment as possible.
- Pick your battles.
- Let them explore!
- Keep circle time short.
- Simply never underestimate their abilities and intelligence!
- Have lots of visuals.
- Use felt pieces for stories and songs.
- Make a personal connection with each one of them.
- Read stories and use puppets during circle time.
- Sing silly songs with hand/arm/body movements.
- Take time to observe your students – you can learn so much about them by just watching.
- It’s okay to let them have their favorite toy or blankie for comfort.
- Give hugs!
- Laminate pictures of Mommy so they can see her as needed.
- Give them sand and water.
- They will make messes. Count on it.
- Use redirection rather than time-outs.
- Keep modeling what you want them to do – it can take many, many repeated efforts before they grasp it.
- Give them little jobs so they feel involved.
- Stick to a routine and always let them know what is coming next.
- Encourage them to make their own choices when possible.
- Be prepared to go off “topic” often – have alternative ideas on hand.
- Have fun!
- Be flexible, like you never imagined.
- Engage in conversation during snack and lunch time.
- Play with them during free play.
- Know every day will be different, exciting and new!
- Always have bubbles.
- Be at their level when talking to them.
- Never talk across the room but instead go to them and then talk.
- Give them time. Let them try to do it themselves before doing it for them.
- Help them understand their feelings of frustration.
- Give cuddles.
What can you add to this list? Leave them in the comments section!
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