• Cristi Wuenschel

Teaching Online for Toddlers & Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

As has been mentioned by so many, we certainly live in interesting times. Our center is still closed and are continuing to send home activities for the children.

We've had a few online get togethers and have had a good time chatting with each other. One child sang a song for us and another read us a story! What great ways to be able to see each other and have a different public speaking experience. We did a review of the birds and eggs unit.

In our most recent one that we did with the toddlers, I was able to go through the curriculum for activities that we were not able to send home. We did the sorting activity Colors in the Carton by naming the colors and we counted to six then we counted each of the pom poms in the cups.

With the preschool children, I used the conversation cards and we talked about what the birds had the same and different, such as the chickadee and the ostrich as well as the body parts and life cycle of birds.

We had a good time with the Bird Mix-Up and I showed the children using the terms head, body and feet and also used the terms top, middle and bottom. I mixed them up a bit and they seemed to have fun helping me put them back together.

We talked for a few minutes about what kinds of homes that we live in and what kinds of homes, or nests that birds live in. I used a book called Homes by Scholastic and used the bird pictures to show that just as we all live in different types of homes, bird nests look different too.

In this pandemic climate, I used a familiar stuffed bird that I put a mask on as a fun way to talk about masks that in our state we are required to wear. Many of them showed me their masks that they are wearing and it was a fun way to broach the subject.

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