A few essential elements, such as routines, the teacher's tone of voice and the quality of the lighting in the premises can have a significant impact on helping preschoolers to learn in optimal conditions. As early education teachers and some involved parents know well, a classroom full of young kids is often a busy place with a lot of wants, demands and needs. This is why it's so important to establish a comfortable environment, pay attention to communication and set up some useful routines. Here are four great early learning and early teaching tips.
1. And there was light
First you have to set the space, of which light is an important component. Most overhead lighting (in particular fluorescent lighting) is generally too strong for the comfort of young students. This is why it's necessary to maximize natural lighting and match it to the needs of the various activities scheduled during the day.
2. Colors and plants
Colors matter. They should evoke soothing and positive feelings. Plants are also good companions in the classroom. They not only balance the humidity levels, but are nice to look at and to care for. A good opportunity for children to learn about responsibility.
3. Communication is key
Communication methods are key in a preschool classroom. Parents and preschool teachers should speak to their young students in a soft and friendly tone and face them at eye level by kneeling or sitting, in order to see the world from a child's perspective.
4. Routines improve organization... and learning
Last but not least, a few routines help preschoolers to move smoothly and happily through their daily schedule. Preparing them in advance allows them to better engage in their successive daily activities.
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