Teaching a preschool student different lessons is the key to that student’s success. In preschool a student learns how to associate numbers, letters, nursery rhymes, songs, math, science and much more with what happens in their lives. The way they learn each of these things can be accomplished in different ways.
Song and nursery rhymes are a very common theme used to help a preschooler learn their listening skills and develop their memory skills. Another common source that is used is paper crafts.Creating paper crafts gives the student a chance to use their motor skills, memory skills and listening skills. Each one of these skills is very important and will be used at later points in their lives if not in their daily lives. The better these skills develop, the better the student will be able to communicate. The paper crafts that are selected for the student to complete need to be simple enough for the student to do, but also a challenge at the same time. This will allow the student to know they can accomplish the task at hand, but they will need to work hard to meet that accomplishment.
Select paper crafts that will allow that student a chance to complete the task with you as the teacher or helper. Use a story that is associated with the craft. As you tell the story, allow the student to start working on the craft. There are many stories to choose from, you can even have a student select the story that you want to tell and create a craft out of. For example, use the story about Jack and the Beanstalk. As Jack climbs the beanstalk, you can have the students creating the beanstalk he is climbing. They can each be creating their own beanstalk or working together to create one beanstalk. Find a way that will help the students work together or as one.
Use the holidays that are approaching as a chance to teach the students about the holidays and to also create paper crafts that they can take home to their parents as gifts or have them help you decorate the classroom. Preschoolers love to create countdowns to the holidays. Have a paper chain located in the classroom that the students created. Use different colors that the student chose and also have them count the number of rings. Each student can create their own chain and hang it in a place that only they can remove a ring for a day that has passed. As the teacher, you will have to use your imagination as much as the student will have to use their imagination.
Finding different paper crafts can be a challenge. Use the different resources that are available for you to use. The Internet has become a great source for ideas that you can use to create paper crafts and can also give you fresh ideas. There are many blogs that teachers and parents have created to help promote the new paper crafts they have done with their children and students. Take advantage of these websites and use them in your classroom to help your preschoolers reach the potential they have inside of them. This sister website can get you started: Make Play Dough.
Don’t forget to use colors and themes to help with your paper crafts. Many preschoolers know the basics of colors. Help them learn what objects have certain colors and how they can create those objects with paper. Use resources that will keep the preschooler interactive, such as finger paints, paper plates, glitter, glue, newspaper, magazines and much more. Allow the student to become messy and assist them with the tougher items they may have to use.