At Get Ready Set Grow Childcare we realize the importance of forming connections with our families. It is helpful when parents understand the research behind the methods we use when working with children at our center.
In Family Connections I will share research based links that may reinforce what parents are already doing with their children or may give them something new to try.
The issues I chose to discuss will be directly related to what I see happening in our classrooms and with our families every day. Let me know if you have a topic you would like to learn more about.
Jill – owner/director
Be a Good Friend
Use Listening Ears
Use an Inside Voice
Use Walking Feet
At GRSG we have a set of positive building rules listed above. We review these rules each morning with our students during circle time and reinforce them throughout the day. In an effort to make our requests easier to understand and create a positive learning environment we use “Do” statements with our children instead of “Don’t” statements.
Below are specific examples of how “Do” statements would be used at our center.
Toddlers love to climb. Many times our littliest learners like to climb up onto the table. In such an instance our teachers would say, “Keep your feet on the floor.” When our toddler has their feet planted firmly on the floor we praise them for being safe. We then interest them in another activity or provide a safe place for them to climb.
Another example . . .
Our early preschool learners do not always have the skills to interact appropriately with their peers. They may hit another student in frustration or to get what they want. At times like these we remind our students that we have a rule to be a good friend. We reinforce approptiate peer interactions by saying, “Use nice touches.” We have to practice what a nice touch looks like and feels like. We give attention to the child that may have gotten hurt or afraid. We first label their emotion saying something such as “I know that hurt when you got hit on the arm. I can tell by your face that you are feeling hurt and sad.” This not only offers understanding and comfort to the hurt child, but is also explains consequences to the child that did the hitting and shows empathy to all the children. Now it’s time to involve our students in another activity while we carefully monitor their interactions and praise, praise, praise appropriate, kind peer interactions.
In working with children we have to remember that they must be taught how to make safe choices and how to interact with others in a appropriate and caring way. The words we use in guiding them can make all the difference. Please see the attached link for more information.
Social/emotional skills can also be taught using books like this one. Classroom teachers may choose to read this individually, in small groups, or with the entire class. We have this series at the center in board books for our littlest learners and soft cover books for our preschool aged learners. You are welcome to read through them.