Lesson plan developed by Aurora Tollestrup, BS Ed.
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with preschoolers.
3 balls with different sizes and textures
Note: Please provide appropriate supervision to the children in your care when completing all activities. You will need to decide what types of activities are safe for the children in your care. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when providing art and sensory experiences for children. Toddlers require special caution, only use non-toxic materials, and do not allow toddlers to put things in their mouths that are a choking hazard.
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The Benefits of Classroom Community
Children are in classrooms or child care programs for a significant portion of their day and are often with other children who have differing needs, backgrounds, and ability levels. When a group of 25 children are together for extended periods of time, it can be easy for some to become outcast or to feel out of place. Building a sense of classroom community in early childhood classrooms can eliminate those negatives and allow children to grow and learn instead.
According to Ellen Booth Church (Building Community in the Classroom for Scholastic, 2003) students who are a part of a classroom community tend to feel more confident in their individual identities, are well-adjusted and tend to perform better academically. This is in large due to the sense of security and belonging that a classroom community provides. In essence, building a classroom community gives children a strong foundation to build upon when developing their social, emotional, and cognitive abilities throughout the academic year.