Fast Workers

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  1. teacherpassion

    teacherpassion New Member

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    I am new to all of this. I am a senior Early Childhood Education major, so I'm almost there, but I still have so many questions! :confused: For starters, does anyone have any good ideas about what to have students do when they finish their work faster than others?
     
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    How old are these students? What kind of "work" are you referring to?
     
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    teacherpassion New Member

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    I was hoping to find ideas for preschoolers. I taught at a daycare this summer. I would give them an activity, and there were always kids who finished before the other students. I struggled to know what I could have them do for 5-15 min. that would be productive. If you don't have something for them, they will be all over the room.
     
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    Whenever we are doing an activity in my class (I teach 4-5 yr olds) I would usually try and expand the activity for the ones who were done, so if it was art and I had some quick ones I would try and give them more ideas on what they could add, trying to get them to have more details. If it was just an activity that had a clear beginning and ending I would usually have them sit down at a table or on the floor with a book or a puzzle, quiet activities they could work on while their friends finished up.
     
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    There shouldn't be TOO much teacher-directed work in early childhood. Goofydad gives some good tips, but you really want to limit the amount of waiting around any preschooler has to do!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Given this preK, I'd go with tubbing choice when work is done. When I taught preK, I had center rotations- my center, aide center ( both of these were theme related and phonics, math, fine motor based), and tubbing center. My tubs had a variety of manipuatives for sorting, building...great for anguage development ("my tower is taller than Susie's", "I have more red blocks than green blocks")
     
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    scmom Enthusiast

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    This.

    I hardly ever do any activity that everyone is doing at the same time. They rotate centers and then can do free play. I also have a busy box with activities they can do when they are finished.
     
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    When I was teaching, I had many manipulatives for those who finished early. I usually had some new, special surprises in my closet that I would save for just those times. They just loved it!
     
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    I sent my Pre-K kids out to centers as they were done with their work. It also helped the kids to actually finish their work & not just look/play around, because I wouldn't let them leave the table until their work was done.
     

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