When I first started teaching I was a kindergarten teacher and I taught French Immersion. This experience taught me a lot about the development of young children as well as teaching a second language.
Those years served me well as a Principal in schools and now as the Head of the Canadian International School. Kindergarten classrooms focus on play and children using all of their senses such as touch, smell, sight, hearing and tasting.These methods of teaching should not only be in the kindergarten classroom but all classrooms because that is how we learn in life.Think about this, would you remember better a recipe from a cookbook or a favorite meal that your mother or father showed you how to cook?
When we use our senses in learning and often through play, we remember and understand more. Many of our students are learning English for the first time and using all of their senses increases the acquisition of language. Let’s take an example of a grade one classroom where the teacher is teaching about an apple. She had put an apple in a bag. The students are blindfolded. They have to feel the apple, smell the apple, eat the apple and after guessing the right fruit, see the apple. Will they remember this word more than reading it in a book and the answer is yes.
The grade five teacher was teaching a math lesson using jelly beans to teach probability. Students had to taste different flavored jelly beans and guess the taste and record it on their charts. They then shared the results as a class. There was great excitement and joy happening in this class. Not only did they learn math outcomes but English vocabulary also.
All of our teachers use music and games in their lessons which increases student engagement and again not only learning English concepts but retaining what they are learning by using our senses.
Do you know our attention spans are about 10 minutes and this becomes important when planning lessons as it is necessary to change the pace often throughout.
Gone are the days where students sat in rows and listened to the teacher all day in the front of the class.Here are the days where students are learning in many different ways and teachers are planning multiple strategies in order to increase success for each student.
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