Have a child that likes to stand while you’re reading a story? Direct them to stand in the back so those sitting can still see. ✅
Have a kiddo rolling around causing distractions? Grab a balance board and have them sit allowing them to rock in their own space. ✅
Have a kiddo that just needs to move?! Instead of struggling to get their attention by calling them over and disrupting everyone, acknowledge them by looking into their eyes while you’re reading so they know they are part of the group too. Offer a fidget if they want to try and sit with the group. Check for understanding later in the day and assess if this child was actively listening while on the move or just not interested in the activity.✅
Have a kid who is just not interested? Not everyone is interested or excited by the same topics. Nor should they be! Get back to relationship building with this child and pull out what they ARE interested in so that you can incorporate it into your group activity. ✅
Are all of the kids just restless? IT IS OK TO SCRAP A LESSON THAT IS NOT WORKING. Sometimes we miss the mark. Continuing to hold on while the ship is clearly sinking is productive for NO ONE. How can we make this more engaging? Can we add a movement or sensory element to this? Try again. ✅
Know that preschoolers even on their hard days are doing the BEST THEY CAN. Their brains, social emotional skills and their ability to self regulate are still developing.
THIS is where we can meet them where they are and as early childhood educators provide them the safe space, and tools to succeed.