Tips from one teacher to another

Are you looking to start a preschool or daycare to earn some extra money, this Summer? As a former preschool teacher, I would like to share some great tips that have helped me while teaching little ones. Some preschoolers don't yet know how to read or write their names, so it is really important for them to see their names regularly. Today, I'm going to show you some awesome ideas to help each child recognize their names.
 My first recommendation is to provide a "Who's Here Today?" chart. This should be the very first place that your kids will visit when coming into your classroom. Below is a small layout example of my attendance chart. 


I've used a regular poster board with the words, "Who's Here Today?" written at the top. I then glued pictures of each child on separate library card pockets. Then attached them directly onto the poster board, and laminated it so that the chart would last longer {it did}. After I had finished doing that, I used an X-acto Knife and slit the laminate across the opening of each envelope or pocket. To save on money, I used index cards. I cut those in half, and used one for each child's name. I then taped each child's name to their separate craft stick. After making these, I placed both the chart and the sticks near my classroom door. It was all ready for the kids to come in and start their school day.

Another great way for kids to see their names is to make place-mats. I have also provided a visual of how I have made my kids' place-mats. These have helped me designate a seating chart for everyone at circle time. I have used permanent markers to write each child's name on each vinyl place-mat. I also taped my kids' pictures next to their name, so they could visualize and recognize their names on their place-mats. Before whole group, I would arrange the mats on the floor; and invite the kids to sit on his or her mat.

I always had problems with kids standing in line, until a fellow teacher recommended this tip... She recommended that I cut out foot prints, and arrange them in pairs and in a line (At the place where I had problems with kids "butting in line"-- i.e. the sink). She then suggested that I cover each pair of feet with a piece of clear contact covering to "protect" the feet. When it was time for kids to line up, all I had to do was simply ask each child to stand on a pair of feet. My kids absolutely loved standing on these feet, and stepping from one to the other. Some would even stand, and look down at their feet while standing in line. Somehow, they were always entertained by looking at their feet standing on footprints.

On days that I would need a substitute teach for me, I would have name tags set out for each child by my attendance chart. These name tags had both the child's name and picture on them, so it would make it easier for the sub to call each student by name. I have had quite a few substitutes give me compliments for having made those.

I hope you liked my suggestions, and can use them in your classroom too.

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