January Winner Ms. Heather from Little Lambs 2 Baking Cookies
Ms. Heather’s class not only enjoyed cookies, but they developed an entire lesson around the theme. First, a professional baker visited the class. This was followed by the children helping with the mixing of a batch of cookies. As you can see, they poured, measured, mixed, and gave the cookies to the baker to cook. Then the teacher prepared a sequencing strip to mount on the wall with pictures showing the different steps used in preparing the cookies. Last, but most importantly, it was time to enjoy the fruit of their labor; they ate the cookies.
January Honorable Mentions
Ms. Kim at Children's Corner plans and presents a chapel lesson for the whole center (2-5 year olds) every day. She was well prepared using special voices and acting out parts of the story to help children understand. A memory verse was practiced and at the end, she used questions to check for comprehension and understanding. They finished up the brief lesson by singing a song that related to the message of the story.
One of the most important things we can do as teachers is encourage literacy and reading skills while developing a bond with a child. Ms. Lanzer a substitute teacher at First Friends is taking the time to sit with two children on her lap while they look at a picture book. As the child points to pictures in the book, the teacher is giving the child words for the animals pointed out, helping the children expand their vocabulary.
December Winner Ms. Nikki from Children's Corner "If Santa was stuck, I would...?"
If Santa was stuck, I would…? Teacher asked students to finish the statement and they came up with their own ideas on how they would respond. This was an excellent language development activity.
December Honorable Mentions
Fall Winner Ms. Zula from Small World Show and Tell
A traditional show and tell time can be developed to accomplish many goals for the 3-4-year-old student.Ms. Zula sent a paper sack home with each child with instructions on the sack for the parent and child to fill it with items that made the child special.The student, with teacher assistance, told the class about the items in the sack.The teacher used smart classroom management strategies in the presentation phase of this activity.She did only 2-3 at a time, scattering the presentations out throughout the day so children did not get impatient from sitting too long.The sacks were not held by the children, but were over to the side out of reach.Children did not have to be quiet for long periods, but could make comments. The students were encouraged to respect the speakers’ time in front of the class.