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Ideas needed for class of 3.5-4 year olds
Old 11-19-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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After many years of teaching a pre-k class, I am going to fill in on a 3 month maternity for the 3.5-4 year old class. Those of you who teach 3-year olds, could you please share with me some of the activities/games that work well for you? Some of my pre-k songs will transfer, but a lot of my kindergarten-readiness activities will not be age appropriate for this group. I could also use some help with dealing with some of the 'drama.' There seem to be a lot of tears and screaming in this class--toys grabbed away, a child not wanting to sit next to someone, one child who is prone to tantrums and throws chairs (!!!). Whatever you can share, I will be most grateful!


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I worked with this age group for over 20 years. My first recommendation would be to ensure that you have enough toys/materials for everyone. Of course you will work on turn-taking, but especially at first, it's better to keep that power struggle at a minimum.

Next, just as with kindergartners, movement is critical. If you have any music CDs or are comfortable singing---do it!

As far as activities: large puzzle work, blocks, open-ended art opportunities, and all kinds of sensory play.

Here is a good resource:https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/

Good luck!
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Thank you for your suggestions and resource link!
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