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    By Gail

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    Hello Christina
    I can well remember my first year and the enthusiasm I had for instruction. Over time, I have learned more about the developmental needs of the children and have relaxed a bit so I can take a clearer look at things.
    The children need to play; they need to establish a sense of classroom community so that they are relaxed; they need to be taught routines; they need to be instructed in the care and use of each and every thing they will use, including markers, crayons, scissors. These things need to be modeled and role played out. Music and game activities completed as a class will help instruct community rules. If you try to go strongly into the academics you will face nervous and insecure children who don't feel they can trust their teachers or classmates. They will not be risk takers in their learning. Break up the play time with guided discovery and community building activities. In the end, you will will have a class that knows better what is expected of them and will feel good about learning. There are a few programs that recommed a full 6 weeks of this guided discovery. I am going to implement the full 6 wks in my class this year.
    As far as long lessons go, remember that Kindergarten teaching is primarily for the purpose of introduction. There are few themes that require in depth study. Pare things down to just the most critical concepts. You can then have more fun teaching the fluff you want.
    Relax and have fun. The children are your greatest asset.

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