It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so I thought it was about time. After 5 years of teaching pre-schoolers languages I’ve learnt a thing or two. Here is my top 10.
- There is nothing better than seeing the face of amazement on the parent when a child says their first word in a foreign language!
- In fact parents are often surprised by exactly what their child can do.
- When they don’t want to do it (even if they have been) they won’t and you can’t make them! (Not that I’d try).
- Everyone has off days, teaching with a child throwing a tantrum next to you isn’t ideal but it happens and it’s not the end of the world.
- Nursery staff are always impressed that children learn the songs quicker than they do.
- Sometimes you have to throw your class plan out of the window and go with whatever works in the moment.
- Just because a child is really quiet and doesn’t speak doesn’t mean they aren’t learning or can’t say the words if they want to.
- Likewise just because a child is running around crazily doesn’t mean they aren’t taking anything in.
- Preschoolers really do love repetition, tidying up and helping (at least when the teacher is present!)
- Even if I’m having a bad day and my own kids are driving me crazy teaching a preschool class always puts a smile on my face