Effective teaching strategies for preschoolers include: a set routine and and specific procedures for specific expectations, visuals, using a "hands on approach" to teach, using positive redirection instead of negative correction( keep your feet on the floor vs don't climb, and I totally agree with Michael : rhymes, songs, play, and games. Play is learning for this age group:)
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rhymes, songs, play, games and some of these can be just as effective in older grade levels
My daughter's teacher used a number line for the days of school. Every day a new number is added and the children count back from a certain point. She would sometimes draw a little picture next to the number if something special happened that day and use it as a starting off point for counting. The kids love it!
Having a routine that young children can easily predict and follow is a tremendous help. It will give you more time for teaching and learning. My students know the procedures for our activities. Spending time at the beginning of the school year to set up and teach procedures makes for a smooth school year. Hands on exploration is very effective when teaching preschoolers as well. They learn best through play.
The same strategies used in elementary and secondary classrooms can be valuable for preschoolers - having thematic units, setting routines, allowing choice, and encouraging collaboration are important skills for students K-12. When I visited my son's preschool classroom, the important thing was that students were always engaged in a love of learning - that is the most important requirement!
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