Today I want to talk about a challenge I have right now. As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have a calling (or “job”) in the church. This does not mean I get paid, everything in the church is volunteer based, as you can read a little about here.
My calling is the Sunbeam teacher, which is the 3 year olds. Why is this hard for me, you may ask. I am getting a degree in early childhood education, after all, so it should be easy for me. Well, it’s not. I don’t know the children or the other teacher or any parents. I don’t know how to teach them or how to keep their attention. When I worked at a preschool before, I worked with children that I didn’t really need to plan a lesson for. As a floater, at first, I just filled in where it was needed. As the grade school teacher, I helped make sure the K-3rd graders were doing their homework and not wreaking havoc on the school.
So, here I am, in new territory. I am learning how to plan lessons ahead of time. I am learning that they children really enjoy coloring and thankfully each lesson has a great coloring page. I also am part of some awesome groups with other Sunbeam teachers on Facebook and that helps me out.
I am excited to continue learning, especially since I want to be a preschool teacher. This is perfect practice!
I know there wasn’t much to this blog post but I wanted to share a little about what I am up to at church. Comment below with any tips or tricks you have for teaching 3 and 4 year olds. As always, thank you for visiting my blog and have a great week!
In my child development class right now, we have to come up with thirteen different lesson plans and then present three of those to the class. Two out of the three we present to the class we have to present to at the child development center. I will be doing my first presented class activity on Tuesday and I am actually quite excited about it. It’s called Ice Egg Excavation. I originally saw the idea for Glow in the Dark Ice Egg Excavation but decided that Tonic water was too much and there is a whole controversy on it being healthy or not so I figured it would be ok to not use it and just use tap water. Pinterest has a few different ideas, I’ll include the link below.
What I did was I took a box of small animals and, with the help of my dear husband, shoved them (gently) into balloons then filed those balloons with water. Once they are filled and tied, I place them in the freezer and leave them there overnight. I made 2 a few days ago so I was able to look at them last night, when I had the chance. When you’re ready to use them, you cut off the balloon and voila! All you do id put them in a tray or bowl and give the children little droppers and a cup of luke-warm water to drop on the ice eggs to melt them. Watch their amazement as the animal/dinosaur/treasure some out. I love it.
This activity can be done inside or outside but I would prefer to do it outside when it’s a little warmer but not too out out. It’s a great way to keep them cool!
Pinterest.com Ice Egg Excavation Ideas
Have you tired a similar activity? How did it go? What did they kids think? Leave us feedback in the comments! Thank you for reading.