Happy New Year from Classroom 3!
I hope that we all brought in the new year with family, friends and fun. A new year brings changes, some of our older classmates will be joining one of our bigger schools to continue their education. We will miss them, but we will welcome new classmates with warm smiles.
During the month of January, we will be focusing on how to meet our needs through learning. As early as infancy, children display styles of learning that continue through life and affect later learning. Some children seem to be born well organized and bursting with initiative, while others require more structure and encouragement as they discover their unique capacity as learners.
Teachers must ensure that every child has the opportunity to direct his/her own learning. All children, regardless of innate abilities or the presence of disabilities, are able to learn. Young children gain knowledge by interacting with their environment. They learn by touching, tasting, smelling, looking, listening, and playing. Children show their curiosity, persistence, temperament, and problem-solving abilities as they develop learning preferences. Some infants, toddlers, and twos will show persistence by continuing to pursue an activity, such as placing blocks in a box. Others may be more hesitant and only continue when they receive encouragement from a supportive adult. When children are supported to explore their own approaches and to learn by trying unusual ways to solve problems, they develop their own style of learning. Nurturing and a variety of experiences allow children to learn about themselves and the world around them.
With this knowledge, we will be practicing all different styles of learning and teaching. As teachers, we have to adapt to what our children’s learning needs are to better educate them.
Ms. Mollie and Ms. Ashley G