“When four-year-old Jacob started with me at Little Wonders, he had been expelled from multiple schools. He had a difficult time sitting still, paying attention, and listening to any authority figures in his life. He knew some of his letters, could partially write his name and recognized some basic numbers. He had difficulties sitting through any structured circle time, making it hard for him to retain information. In the time that he has been here, he has changed overnight. I worked with him, giving him ways to express his anger and energy in a way that would be beneficial to himself. We gave him responsibilities around the classroom, giving him that sense of control that he needed.
His attitude began to change. He was able to focus easier, having exhausted enough of his energy in various ways. He picked up his letters easily and can now read four-word sentences with ease. He knows most of his sight words and can write his first and last name accurately. He can count to 100 and does simple math problems. He can extend patterns and has built a relationship with his classmates. He adores his teachers and has a wonderful relationship with all of us. I am confident that he will succeed in Kindergarten and in all of the aspects of his life.”
—Crystal L. Lanier, Pre-kindergarten Teacher at Little Wonders
Tip for Early Educators:
Dr. Pam Phelps, an expert in early childhood development, suggested that the traditional clean-up time in pre-school classrooms could become a means to not only teach children responsibility, but can also build the foundation for colors, numbers, math, and language skills. For example, instead of having sets of blocks, plates, or cups in multiple colors, gather sets in which all the plates are the same color. When it’s time to put things away the children gather all the “red plates” and “green blocks”, and they are simultaneously learning colors. Ask for “5 blue plates”, and the child is learning their colors and numbers.