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Sunday, June 22, 2008

How Many Ways...


I was recently at the headquarters of Discount School Supply and was able to see many new products that are coming out this year in their catalog. This meeting is always a treat and I get excited to see new ways of doing things. We do know what early childhood children need to support their growth, but it is always a challenge to come up with new ways to introduce and support it. I have heard people scoff at new products saying that it is just a new way to do the same old thing. YES! Since we have many children to support, we need many approaches to that support. It is just as critical to use different teaching strategies that meet a child's learning style as it is to choose the appropriate skills to introduce. In fact, new products sometimes get teachers and caregivers out of the rut of using the 'same old thing' time and time again. In fact, I just had a blast with two of my grandchildren using scratch art to develop fine motor skills.

5 Comments:

At 2:00 AM, Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

I am an Australian Grandmother and a retired kindergarten (five-year-olds) teacher. I have only recently started Blogging and I am drawn towards educational topics even though I no longer teach. But wait, I DO teach. I have a four year old grandson and I 'teach' him one morning a week. So I'll be coming back to your Blog to look for ideas. My Blog 'Rinkly Rimes' is a mixture but poems for children are also incuded. Maybe you'll have a look?
Brenda Bryant

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it very important to come up with new and different things for children. What a boring world it'd be if everything and everyone were the same! But children are very different and all have different learning styles. I'm glad you guys try to find NEW things to do that will still enhance the same skills we've been working on for years.
(Abigail L. 5170)

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous David Miller said...

I have taught in the New York City Public schools for five years. Often, we had to improvise for materials. When I taught, we were alotted 200 dollars a year for supplies, which was never enough. This post sparked some ideas for things to use and get for the kids. Thank you!

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that it is great that we are coming up with new and different thinks for children. There are so many children out there with different learning styles, and so we should help them learn the best way we can.
(Aimee H. 5170)

 
At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always looking for new and fun things to do with my son. It is hard to find things that are new and inventive that will keep him occupied because he is two and thinks that he needs to be running non-stop so It was great to see such wonderful products on the discount school supply site. Thanks for the help!
(Leslie H. 5170)

 

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