What can a TeacherCaregiver do for my preschooler? Teachers can engage your child in play-based experiences by practicing and refining the following areas, activities, and skills. The experiences can happen both through pre-planned curriculum, as well as through spontaneous learning moments throughout the day, and can gently contribute to the foundation of your child’s future. Emotional Development • Security & Trust (responding to needs promptly/appropiately, specialized interactions pertaining to seperation anxiety, cuddle and talk time, creating a secure and loving emotional environment, consistent, meaningful interactions) • Building and reinforcing self-esteem • Self-understanding • Self-concept • Emotion identification • Recognizing and respecting child’s individual emotional style • Supporting child’s regulation of emotions by responding to child’s emotional cues, modeling, guiding, and reinforcing positive emotional expressions) • Connecting child’s learning with positive emotions • Modeling and guiding self-regulation • Developing conflict resolution skills • Responsibility (telling the truth, completing tasks, putting away toys) • Connecting to the world and community • Initiation of activities • Co-construction (children engage in conflict-resolution activities in collaboration with the teacher, who models and structures ways to solve potential problems) Language Development • Verbalizing needs and desires • Vocabulary • Communication • Articulation • Encouraging curious questions and verbal exploration • Supporting emergent literacy skills (beginning identification of verbal and written letters and numbers, understanding symbolic representations, i.e. written words and illustrations. Encouraging child to write “notes and letters” even if they’re only scribbles, care and respect of books, rhyme and repetition, and independent exploration of sturdy books) • Consistent interaction (modeling, talking, listening, dialogic reading: child and teacher tell the story) • Following simple directions • Phonics Creative Thinking • Open-ended activities • Arts ( clay, painting, gluing, cutting, crayons, etc) • Crafts (corn husk dolls, walnut shell fairy boats, wool sheep, etc.) • Puzzles • Music: listening to and creating • Movement • Role playing activities (pretending to be mom, dad, baby, teacher) • Dramatic play (puppets, theater, dolls) • Oral storytelling • Child-created stories and songs • Baking • Construction Cognitive Development • Decision-making skills • Exploring learning strategies (experimentation, thinking games, investigation, selfdirected learning, play) • Memory skills • Focus and concentration • Attention span • Symbolic Abilities (play, language, imitation, role-playing, drawing) • Sensory activities • Mental tools (abstract reasoning, developing analogies, problem-solving strategies) • Recognition of objects and shapes, people and self (body parts) • Pre-math skills (sequencing, matching & pairing, measurement, counting, number recognition, quantities) • Science and nature (cause/effect, animate vs. inanimate discrimination, experimenting with speed, light, wind, motion, colors, balance, and weight, plant growth, gardening, weather, natual material collections, animals, dinosaurs, bugs, etc., seasonal cycles of the year) Physical Development • Nutrition • Indoor/outdoor safety • Large motor skils (coordination& dexterity, walking, running, climbing, throwing, catching, and kicking a ball, jumping, hopping, skipping, and galloping, movement and dance, sports) • Fine motor skills (eye-hand coordination, cutting, drawing & tracing, using a pencil, pen, paintbrush, silverware correctly, manipulatives, stacking, lacing, visual discrimination, and sensory abilities) • Self-reliance skills (hygiene and dressing) Social Development • Social skills (manners) • Cooperation (taking turns, sharing, accepting boundaries) • Conflict resolution • Seeking help when needed • Respecting materials and other people • Appreciating differences • Relationships with peers and adults • Compassion and sensitivity towards others
I believe that all children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. It is my aim to inspire them to become life-long learners by engaging them in studying about the world we live in through the arts.I truly believe that there are many teachers who are equipped to becoming the best caregivers that families could hire to care for their children.
The goals and values that I instill in children under my care are loving, intelligence, social, and responsibility. I would teach the goal/value of loving by always providing a loving environment. Children need someone who will love them and show that they care for them to feel safe. Children also learn by watching others. By demonstrating a loving environment, I am teaching the children to care for others. I will teach children the value of intelligence by playing fun,learning games, singing songs, reading stories, performing arts and crafts, and exploring the outside. Children need a variety of activities to help them learn and grow. I will also teach children the value of being social by going to playgroups, having play dates, and teaching them social skills at a young age (waving/greeting, sharing, advocating for self/others, joint attention, etc.) I also believe responsibility is a big value/goal to have. I will teach children how to be responsible by giving them small chores depending on their age. For younger children, I will teach them that cleaning their toys is important and cleaning up after themselves at meal times. For older children, I will give them more important responsibilities such as washing dishes, taking out the trash, vacuuming, taking care of personal hygiene issues and so forth. I believe that children need to learn responsibility in order to be successful later on in life. Although there are many qualities and values children should have, I think loving is the most important one. This value can only be taught if the caregiver provides a loving and nurturing environment, in which I will do.
Some of the values that I would like to instill in children are as follow: to increase their awareness of their surroundings, increase awareness and appreciation for nature, increase their curiosity and satisfy their curiosity by providing answers to their questions. Provide love and affection to them sothey grow into secure individuals. I love to provide opportunities for children to grow intellectually, physical, emotionally, to become independent and respectful of others, and to be safe at all times.