5 Essential Tips for Teaching Kindergarten

teaching kindergartenThe new school year is about to start. Are you ready for it?

Kindergarten can be one of the most difficult ages to teach, and throughout the year, you’ll need to constantly come up with ideas to keep your classroom energized.

Here, we’ve got the best tips for teaching kindergarten.

1. Give Children Responsibility

Encourage children to take responsibility for their behavior.

This could involve packing toys away when they’ve finished playing or tidying up the classroom before they go home.

This won’t just help you out. Doing chores is good for kids. Reinforcing these behaviors will encourage them to be more independent and responsible.

2. Focus on Rewards

When you’re teaching kindergarten, you need to have a system in place for disciplining your students.

While this is important for getting them to follow classroom rules, punishment should not be the crux of it.

Instead, you should focus on rewards. According to psychologists, children are much more likely to respond to positive feedback than negative.

The chance to earn rewards provides an incentive for children to exhibit good behavior, as well as helping you to build a better relationship with your students.

3. Keep them Moving

Children have short attention spans, and dealing with this can be one of the biggest challenges of teaching kindergarten.

There will be days when you’ve prepared a lesson to last an hour, only to find that it doesn’t keep them occupied for more than ten minutes. For this reason, you always need to have back up activities to hand. If it all goes wrong, you can always pull one of those out of the bag.

The best way to keep children entertained is to do activities that keep them moving. Whether it’s painting, making crafts, dancing or building, make sure they have ample opportunity to move around.

4. Read Stories When Teaching Kindergarten

One of the only times you’ll be able to get your class to stay still is when it’s time to sit down and read a story.

Stories are like magical spells that enchant children, getting them to calm down and listen to you at times when seemingly nothing else will.

Reading stories with your class will allow you to build a rapport with them. It will also help to get them used to engaging with you and listening to you, and this will improve their readiness and eagerness to learn from you.

5. Sing Songs

Songs are a vital part of any early learning kindergarten teacher’s lesson planning.

Children love to sing along, and with every song they learn, they’ll pick up new vocabulary. Clapping, learning hand actions and dance moves help them with their coordination and motor skills, too.

You can also use apps in your classroom to learn songs and games together.

Equip Your Classroom

As well as the above tips, you also need to make sure your classroom provides a great learning environment.

To achieve that, you’ll have to spend some time getting crafty and making colorful displays.

You’re not on your own, though.

There are lots of resources out there to help kindergarten teachers. For some of the best, see our post on the 5 tools no teacher should go without.