Children learn through relationships

  • Children learn through relationships

    Posted by Irene on October 12, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    What advice would you give to other Early learning Providers who want to build connections with children in their classroom?

    katrina mcivan replied 2 days ago 62 Members · 108 Replies
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  • aparna ravipati

    October 15, 2022 at 4:39 am

    Lots of time spent playing, talking, listening and interacting with you also helps your child learn key life skills, like communicating, thinking, solving problems, moving and being with other children .when you play with your child, it builds your relationship

  • Nahomi

    October 24, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Make sure you always return a child’s “serve”. Active supervision is also important— get in and interact with them instead of watching from the sidelines.

    • Jamie

      October 26, 2022 at 3:56 am

      Exactly. Too many child care providers think they should stand on the sidelines and watch. They say they are observing, but it is not interactive and the child doesn’t bond or learn from the adult.

  • Rachel

    October 26, 2022 at 3:53 am

    talk to the kids, read with them, sing and do fun activities that will bring them closer to you and make them want to do more things like this with you.

  • Andraya

    November 1, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    I would suggest listening to the child, and if you are busy when they approach you let them know that you see and hear them and you will be right with them, and then once you are done give them your full attention. Also quietly listening to them when they are talking without interrupting waiting for them to finish and then speak. Giving them choices so they can feel independent and then supported in their decision. Spending quality time with them doing what they like to do and following their lead.

    • Jamie

      November 1, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you for sharing your ideas. Listening is the key.

    • Diamon

      January 3, 2023 at 9:21 am

      Making sure every child is getting a turn to be the leader if the class has duties for the kids. Lots of good communication & one on one time. Engaging in the child’s conversations listening to the children. problem solving.

  • Bonnie Claire

    November 5, 2022 at 2:32 am

    Join them in meals and play. And instead of solving problems for children, support them to get to the conclusion themselves. Them feeling self-confident and secure can help them build secure relationships.

  • jess

    November 11, 2022 at 7:04 am

    The reverse that I would give is one the children come in creepy with us tomorrow let them know that you’re happy to be there to take care of them and then matter what you’ll be there for them. Show interest of the things that they’re doing and be there to help.

  • miranda

    November 17, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Always listen to the kids. Never call them names or be excessive in punishments. Be calm in dealing with inappropriate behavior.

    • Jamie

      November 17, 2022 at 4:32 am

      I would like to encourage you to use discipline and all of the aspects of changing behavior instead of punishment.

  • Kristin

    November 17, 2022 at 5:24 am

    paying attention to children in a group setting and one on one is important. returning their serve and being active and engaging with the child. Active listening is also extremely important

  • Nadia

    November 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Give them love ,care and spend some time individually.Make them feel they are special and motivate them

  • El Sollman

    December 2, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    I would suggest spending one on one time with each child.

    • Jamie

      December 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      This is a great plan, but one that takes a great deal of time to organize and implement. It is not always easy with lots of kids in the classroom. Be sure that every child gets your individual attention so that the students don’t feel left out or isolated.

  • Lauren

    December 4, 2022 at 2:47 am

    Spend lots of time interacting with the children in your care. Let them help plan activities, play with them, talk to them and ask them questions that they can easily answer about the activity they are doing or about the game they are playing with other children.

  • Maria

    December 5, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Children like it when adults talk to them about different topics. I would advise you to be not only a teacher for children but also a friend. Listen to the child, and understand why he is upset. Play with children and read a lot of books with them.

  • Personal

    December 10, 2022 at 1:58 am

    I think it is important to build a trusting and loving relationship with all children, so they feel safe and understood. It is important to create a serve and return connection as a way to have a healthy relationship. As others mentioned, it is important for caregivers to actively interact with this children through play, reading and individual time and not just through supervision and observation.

  • Haley

    December 11, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Quality time and recognition with each child and the work they are doing is so important. Getting on their level and making eye contact when they speak to you or vice versa is also important when creating a trusting connection with a child. Always treat each child with respect and kindness.

  • Hadiya Al-Shishani

    December 12, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    I suggest being as involved and interactive as you can! You can observe AND participate at the same time. Play with the kids, talk with them, communicate as much as you can. Actively listen to what they are saying and participate! Serve and return is huge- this will show them you see them and you care about what they have to say/ what they have discovered. Meet them where they are at! Be honest with them and show them the same respect you expect them to give each other. Be a role model and verbally share praise often to acknowledge what they CAN do instead of calling out what they CAN’T do. Trust is the foundation of a great relationship with your kiddos! Show them why they can count on you to be a safe space!

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