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What are some activities I can do with preschoolers for giving students the lead? I already have them hold the alphabet , word cards , point to calendar ,numbers, and lead the exercise class. Thanks for any suggestions.

Feb 1, 2015 8:15am

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Math / Physical Education / Science / Technology
  • Pre K
  • Class Culture / Coaching / Collaboration / Differentiation / Engagement / Planning


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    • Feb 3, 2015 11:10am

      My daughter's class has a job chart and each day she is so excited to see what her job is. Here are some examples: line leader, caboose (turns off the light!), sweeper, calendar, days of school, morning message, recycle, substitute (for any absent kid's jobs).

      • Feb 7, 2015 4:28pm

        Play! Children best develop their sense of agency (the belief that I have ideas and I can act on them - the 'I can do it' feeling - through regular time to play. Dramatic play, blocks and other loose parts, climbing, rolling, building cubbies (forts).... Children need and have the right to a childhood full of long chunks of time to play and this should be their main model of learning in early childhood. They will then learn to lead, make decisions, problem solve, negotiate, self regulate and they will also learn to follow the lead of others. Far richer and with more intellectual quality than only learning to follow the teacher's lead by doing jobs. Although the of course there is a place for real jobs too. Watering the plants, cleaning up, setting out the art invitation and materials.... Hope you Have fun with your children!

        • Feb 1, 2015 4:39pm

          Thanks Jasmine. I didn't think about the classroom jobs. They all have one. Great!

          • Feb 7, 2015 11:20pm

            Read the book "10 Dots" to them. Then as them to create something of their choosing and teach it to the class. What they can do with 10 Dots. This idea came from a book called PETS for Kindergarten.

            • Mar 4, 2015 12:05am

              The great thing about preschoolers is that they are grateful for any type of leadership within the classroom. Even better is the ability to delegate several different leadership roles with such a young age. Here is a list of my favorite ideas:

              1. Line Leader -At the front of the line during every transition.
              2. Door Holder- Holds the door during transitions.
              3. Caboose- Heads up the back of the line during transitions.
              4. Book Helper- Picks out a book for circle time.
              5. Song Helper- Picks out a song for circle time.
              6. Pledge Leader- Holds the flag and begins the Pledge (if your class participates).
              7. Snack Helper- Helps divide out or clean up snacks.