The word kindergarten comes from the German language. Kinder means children and Garten means garden. The term dates back to the 19th century. Friedrich Froebel started the first kindergarten, Garden of Children, in 1840. According to Froebel Site, Froebel coined the word kindergarten and symbolized his vision for early childhood education: "Children are like small flowers; they are varied and need care, but when seen in the group of peers, each is beautiful alone and glorious. "The kindergarten of Froebel was packed with items for children to play with. A collection of gifts and occupations he produced. These were designed to help children understand and appreciate patterns in nature and to expose them to basic physics, geometry, and architecture concepts.
For many years now, theorists have researched child development and it is widely known and accepted that children learn through play. Children don’t just learn through play, they learn absolutely everything through play! This happens during the first 6 years. They do not learn to think, solve problems, read, write, or do mathematics without playing. Sadly, over the past few years, the trend has been to formalize the education of young children-to shift it away from play to more institutional practices. For several factors, worksheets and workbooks are not developmentally suitable for young people.
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Worksheets often have a “right” answer. Which means that they also have a wrong answer. However, the wrong answer does not encourage kids to learn from it using trial and error. Instead, the incorrect responses on a worksheet lead children to conclude that risk-taking is of little benefit and only the correct responses are respected. Seeing a lot of wrong answers may also decrease the confidence of a child in his or her capacity. Likewise, it is only possible to use worksheets in one way. This suggests that kids do not use higher-order cognitive skills as they would if they played with complex materials. In order to learn a new idea, children are concrete learners, which implies they need concrete objects. Worksheets are abstract and therefore unable to teach this kind of learner. This is what makes them unacceptable in terms of growth.
There are just some instances when we need to know what the kids know, and at the moment the best way is to hand them a worksheet to practice their skills. There is nothing wrong with that. But, there are a few ways to spice it up when you want to breathe a little more life into the room. And they all start with your worksheets being cut.
Celebrate Halloween day by holding some classroom activities that might be exciting for kids. It is also a perfect agenda to welcome the fall season. Many things you can do to introduce kids to various traditions or what to do during the spooky day. Here are some recommendations.
Crafting a straw skeleton would be such fun yet a bit spooky to hold. In this project, you can provide the skeleton template and the small straw cutouts. The students’ job here is to stick the straw by following its template. Let the kids to dancing together with spooky videos such as funny scary skeleton yoga.
Creating pumpkin crafting out of beads would be so much fun. Students have to arrange the orange beads into pumpkin form and tied the green pipe cleaner on the top as a pumpkin handle.
Practicing this activity can stimulate kids to develop their visual memory and fine motor skill.
Halloween classroom celebrations can be turned into kids’ games or even projects. One of the games you can consider is the math-based game of counting. In this game, you have to prepare some materials such as beads in character shapes and the counting list template.
To play this game, students have to count all of the beads provided and list them by writing the resulting number. Another style of math game can be placing the scramble beads into the jar with some pictures and names on it.
This kind of activity can help kids to improve their motoric skills in differentiating and counting the Halloween beads symbols.
Trick or treating is the most Halloween activity kids waiting for. During this occasion, kids have to walk around their neighborhood and ask for treats. They dress up in their favorite characters while also bringing the candies bag to gather the treats.
Dressing up in a spooky costume is the greatest way for kids to express themselves in their fantasy figure and be confident with it. It trains kids' social skills due to their interactions with house owners during trick or treats.
The house owner commonly places please take one sign on the candies bowl along with the treats. By following what tags mention, it also trains the kids to be honest with anything they do include the candies treats.