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					CREATE A NOURISHING
CLASSROOM CULTURE
Chapter 2
INVOLVE CHILDREN IN WELCOMING
FAMILIES
 Room setup
 Use of language

 Daily routines

 Rhythm of the room

 What are we conveying to families, business
  contract or a budding relationship? Strange
  relationship due to the exchange of $$$$
HONOR EACH FAMILY’S UNIQUENESS
   Remember that actions speak louder than words.
    What are we conveying to families?
INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE
ENTIRE FAMILY
   Families are having to entrust us with their
    children, their ego extensions of themselves
KEEP CHILDREN CONNECTED TO THEIR
FAMILIES
 Families of the children should be evident in the
  classroom.
 We want children to feel comfortable in our
  classrooms, but we are not replace the family
 Establish routines help children feel connected to
  their families, state the day in terms of Mom’s
  return
GATHER FAMILIES FOR EXPLORATIONS
 Welcome the families at other times than just
  when they drop off and pick up their child!
 Family meetings family fun nights, etc
FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS NOT RULES
   Focus on the relationships inside the classroom
    not constantly how to behave in the classroom,
    even when we “sugar coat it” with “in our
    classroom we are all friends”, that might not be
    true if the children are not feeling it!!
ARRANGE YOUR SPACE AND ROUTINES TO
PROMOTE COMMUNITY
 Home like environment,
 Well ordered

 Comfortable

 Different surfaces

 Sit on the floor and see how comfortable it is…
  maybe that is why kiddos are wiggling at circle
  time!
 Follow the natural rhythms of the children
 Allow children time to work on their activities
  and time to develop their play!!!
USE CHILDREN’S IDEAS TO PURSUE
INVESTIGATIONS
 Great way to teach perseverance
 Follow children’s interest

 Obviously a day when it is snowing for the first
  time of the year, that is what the children are
  wanting to explore!
HELP CHILDREN SEE THEMSELVES AS
LEARNERS
COACH CHILDREN TO DEVELOP NEGOTIATION
AND COLLABORATION SKILLS

 Don’t solve every problem for the children
 Instead teach problem solving

 5 finger rule
       Calm Down
       Define the problem
       Possible solutions
       Decide on a solution
       Implement and evaluate solution
DEVELOP RITUALS THAT CREATE
MEMORIES
   Follow the routines daily so they are part of the
    life of the classroom, not just something to get
    through to get to the next activity
CELEBRATE REAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 Real accomplishments that mean something to
  the child, not empty praise
 We do not want to create Praise Junkies

				
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