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Old 08-11-2016, 12:07 PM
 
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I am back to teaching after staying home for 4 years. I was always in 2nd grade. I'm teaching Pre-k3 this year. For the first few weeks I know it will be procedures and rules...but what else do you do? HELP!!


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Old 08-11-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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I call those first few weeks "boot camp", ! But seriously, I start very slowly........ introducing materials: how to use them, how to clean them up; introducing routines (I like to use songs for lining up, freezing to listen, etc); classroom rules (we keep it very simple).

A good resource for a new-to-preK teacher is: http://www.prekinders.com/first-days-pre-k/

A word of advice that I always give my subs (it's written in my sub folder): when you feel like yelling, WHISPER. Or sing. Yelling is scary, and it shows that you've lost control. But there will be times that you feel that yelling is the only way to get their attention. But they will be mesmerized if you start whispering ("If you can hear me, touch your nose. If you can hear me, touch your knees" , etc) or singing.

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Good ideas from Ruby07. Adding....establish routines, structure, and expectations of behavior up front. Check your state's standards for 3 year olds for expectations and developmental sequence. Make a year plan of thematic units (subject to change based on students' interests, progress, etc.) More web sites to check out are http://www.teachpreschool.org/ , http://www.pre-kpages.com/and http://preschoolspot.com/. Use manipulatives, good kiddie lit, lots of art activities and play. It's a great age group and really fun to watch them grow and learn. Enjoy!
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Thanks ya'll
Old 08-18-2016, 01:05 PM
 
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Well now we may not start until after Labor day at the earliest since the storm. thanks for all the feedback.
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Whisper!!!
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I love that!!! Mainly b/c I NEED to try this with my own children. they are the ones that seem to make me lose my patients. That's awesome.


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