Preschool technology abundantly fills more classrooms ever since a desktop became a favorite household item. Preschoolers interact with technology from home to school more than parents. Anywhere from digital devices to help them start the day to parents using tools to get to school on time, preschoolers experience plenty of technology.
By the time preschoolers enter school, technology is part of everyday life for young learners. Even infants and children younger than two years old encounter some tech devices to learn. Since all this technology for young children is all around them, a plan for preschool technology is crucial for understanding how these tools help them learn.
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Developing a Preschool Technology Plan
As part of any preschool technology plan, you need to develop ways to incorporate technology effectively and safely. While computers wire preschoolers to pay attention to a screen, having a method to act when situations are not adequate is essential. One of the main aspects of setting up a technology plan in a preschool classroom is to form a technology team.
This tech team can be responsible for current updates and software upgrades. Besides having a tech team with experience in education programs, develop guidelines for Internet safety. Perhaps, your school already has block software to prevent specific sites from appearing on school computers. However, make sure to update and evaluate what type of sites are useful in the classroom.
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Preschool teaching strategies emerge from designing lessons and curriculum. More importantly, these techniques developed by what you want to teach in the preschool classroom. Imagine a preschool classroom utterly blank with only the bare walls and a floor. How would you fill up the room?
Perhaps, you might think you need chairs, tables, rugs, desks, and books. However, you might be surprised that one of the first aspects of setting up a preschool classroom is taking inventory of your teaching strategies.
Preschool teaching strategies
Traditional preschool teaching strategies
Aside from knowing the basic foundation of collecting books and games for your classroom, you might consider other teaching strategies that can help you. Of course, one of the fundamental areas to focus is the book nook or classroom library. You know that you need books for children to learn all different subjects. Many books may come from the school or academy. You can also collect them from year to year by going to garage sales, discount public library book sales or hold a book fundraiser in your school.
Another preschool teaching idea is to designate areas of dramatic play, writing, science exploration, and reading time. Separating your preschool classroom into sections benefits your students to assimilate different areas of learning. Movement from learning station to another also encourages to practice the transition from one activity to another in future upper grades. While a group of students focuses on writing with various types of tools, another group can learn about problem-solving with puzzles and games.
Other traditional preschool teaching strategies to consider are general areas with building blocks, manipulative objects to enhance fine-motor skills and science centers. While these preschool teaching strategies help in all areas of learning, build your teacher’s toolbox with professional development workshop to continue learning.
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Teaching Spanish sight words in context is as challenging as designing lesson plans to deliver that message. A bilingual classroom is a room more than individuals with distinct backgrounds and cultures. As teachers, you know the importance to assimilate, instruct, and plan those lessons to meet learning goals. Teaching ELL students, aside from their backgrounds, brings a whole new perspective to differentiating instruction.
Expecting to learn a new language with simple tools and vocabulary is not going to speed up students’ process of acquiring the language. There have to be systems that help those ELL students with a lack of proficiency in phonics, phonemic awareness, and even letter identification. As simple as it may sound, teaching Spanish sight words in context helps them learn the new language a little bit more every day.
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