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Have you ever avoided situations in your classroom because you thought students would argue or get upset? If you answered yes to this question, remember that we can’t develop problem solving skills if we never have problems! I think we have all been there with our students (wanting to avoid a conflict) and we likely will run into it again. Read on for more about the importance of developing Pre-K & Kindergarten problem solving skills!
*For tips on how to create a positive AND playful learning environment in your classroom, be sure to join us in P.L.A.Y. (Playful Learning All Year)!
Developing Pre-K & Kindergarten Problem Solving Skills
“I definitely can’t let my students self-select centers or seats in the classroom. They will fight or have a tantrum!” Does this mindset resonate with you?
I am guilty of thinking of all the things that may go wrong when allowing even the smallest bit of independence. But I have come to realize that, yes, sometimes students will argue or throw a tantrum in the beginning. And that is OKAY because you will be there to support them!
It’s important to remember that never letting students experience conflict in a real-life setting isn’t doing them any favors. The key is to provide them with the tools and support to navigate them.
This is the work of an early childhood education teacher. We can’t always be looking for harmony. If we do then our students won’t be able to regulate as expectations in the classroom grow.
Kids can’t develop problem solving skills without practicing them authentically in social situations.
Read alouds and Circle Time only go so far. This is one of the many reasons why PLAY in the classroom matters! Is it easy? No, not always. Is it worth it? Yes, absolutely!
Your students will develop independence and feel more empowered and secure when given the support and tools to navigate tricky situations. That inevitably leads to less tattling and fewer tantrums!
Do you struggle when it comes to helping students navigate conflict? Remind yourself, our job isn’t to prevent our students from ever having conflict, but rather to help them know what to do when they do!
Want to stress less with even more “must-try” tips while learning how to create a “Playful Learning” environment?
(even if you “aren’t allowed to play”)
If you’re wanting to incorporate playful learning, free-flowing centers, effective routines, and more in your Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom, then you’ll definitely want to join us in P.L.A.Y. (Playful Learning All Year)!
This course is a deep dive into practical ways that you can create a playful learning environment in your classroom. Be sure to request an invitation so you’re the first to hear when the virtual doors open!