We work hard to embrace the concept of consistent in the classroom - while embracing the Mr. Rogers Model of - balancing predictable and unpredictable
Fred Rogers was a constant in an ever-changing world. We could count on him….without him being predictable.
We know that kids thrive on consistency and that learning is about a lot of repetition (consistency code word there). We try to have a consistent lay out each day of class. Each recorded lesson starts with the welcome, intro. It's a cue, we are in class, we are going to see bookworm, Rupert (our classroom puppet), and Miss Theresa.
Then a quick hello from me, and I toss it to a recorded song of the days of the week. We come back, and we do a today, yesterday and tomorrow exercise. We are building in routine and context.
And then Rupert is next, we have a consistent start - and then our puppet time which is unpredictable. He provides an extra voice in the classroom to bring up all types of lessons, and tie ins. He's silly, he's smart, he gets scared and confused, excited too. He wants things (like a dog) that we aren't getting, and occasionally he's even rude (because he forgets his manners, or the "right time, right place" to bring something up that he doesn't like). He provides a great focal point for the kids to enjoy, and learning is a coincidence, that is happening at the same time.
Then we head to bookworm, and we have a story. It's a known pattern they can count on. But it's always changing too, as we read a different book each day. After story we head to the main lesson of the day. Maybe it's the science wall, or the art board, or the story board.
And then we wrap it up, the same way everyday - we are done, here's the goodbye song, see you next class.
Students can count on what is going to happen, they can count of the flow - and at the same time, it's different each day.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K