Preschool teaching strategies for bilingual classrooms

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.

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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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Cultural diversity within the classroom in building communities

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While there is a global change of culture, there is also a change in the classroom. Much of what students relate to culture is from each other in class.

At that moment, you have the opportunity to build a community in the classroom of mutual respect and assimilate to each other’s cultural diversity. What is more important than to teach students the need for cultural awareness?

Even though you find it overwhelming to adjust cultural awareness to lesson planning, it is much easier than you think. To my surprise, students engage the most in learning activities when lessons incorporate cultural diversity.

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The impact of bilingual learning in project based learning

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Teachers know the value of collaboration in the classroom when students work in groups. Evidently, it is part of many classrooms across the United States. Especially in science classes, project based learning increases in demand to encourage engagement between subject and students.

In fact, project based learning continues to thrive in many classrooms as teachers encourage students to metacognition and critical thinking skills.

Whether it is a science class or language support group, project based learning is making a path for English Language Learners (ELL) students to acquire language skills in unconventional ways. 

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