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Why do young child struggle in daily routines?

There are many reasons a young child may struggle with day to day routines. The most common reason is their attention span. Up to the age of 5 years old, a child usually has one minute of attention span per age, so a 2 year old has a two minute attention span, a 4 year old has a 4 minute attention span, and so on and so forth. The second most common reason is that they are given too much responsibility too soon. While children can help with chores at all ages, the chores need to be age appropriate, so you might give a 2 year old a dust rag to wipe a table with but you wouldn't give them a vacuum cleaner of course. Another common reason is that children don't get nearly enough sound sleep these days. Infants and toddlers need on average 12-14 hours of sleep a night. Some may be able to get away with as few as 10 hours, and others may need as many as 16 hours of sleep a night. 3-5 year old's need anywhere from 10-13 hours of sleep a night and some need as many as 14 hours of sleep a night, while others can survive on only 9 hours of sleep a night. Older children in the 6-13 range need a minimum of 9 hours a sleep a night, and the average child in that range needs 10-11 hours of sleep. Some get by on as few as 7 hours while others need as many as 12 hours. No child under the age of 13 should be sleeping less than 9 hours a night. If they are, it could be one of the reasons that you struggle with the day to day routine, especially if it's the morning routine. Other common reasons for a child having a hard time with a day to day routine is the need for a nap, not drinking enough water, too long of a wait between meals or snacks that's causing low blood pressure, and distractions by siblings, video games, etc.
8/22/2022 8:19:48 AM • Preschool • Answered on Aug 22, 2022
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How do you teach 3 to 4 years old children spelling?

Generally speaking spelling is not taught to three and four year old's. Children have to start with the basics. The start of learning how to spell is learning the alphabet. Believe it or not there are three year old's and even some four year old's who do not know the alphabet. To teach preschoolers the alphabet, you generally focus on one letter at a time and have the child complete a tracing sheet where they learn to write the letters by copying the outline of the letters. Other ways to teach the alphabet are reciting the alphabet song, ready a book about the alphabet, or making each day represent a letter of the alphabet and teaching subjects, reading books, eating snacks, and making crafts that start with that letter of the alphabet. The first word a child should learn to spell is his/her own name. A child can learn to spell as they are learning to read, but it does not do much good to teach spelling to a child who cannot start to recognize words, and understand that words are formed when you put letters together. The focus for three and four year old's should be on learning new words, not on learning how to spell. Three and four year old's generally do not know how to read or spell. These are things that are taught beginning with pre-kindergarten and into kindergarten. You need to teach a child as many words as possible before you teach them to spell. Once a child knows the alphabet you have to teach them the sound that each letter makes. If a child doesn't recognize the sounds that letters make, they won't be able to spell. This is all part of the pattern in learning to read, spell, and write. When it comes time for spelling, you can have giant cards with each letter on them and put them on the floor. Say something like "Josh find me the letter that makes the "mmm" sound, and wait for Josh to bring the correct letter card to you. Then ask the next child to bring you the letter that makes the "a" sound. Then ask the final child to bring you the letter that makes the "p" sound. Then sound out the words with the child. Focus more on learning new words, learning to trace and write letters, and learning to write a child's name than on spelling at this age. They are more likely to retain the skills of spelling and reading as they get older. Words that preschoolers should know: Basic opposites: Up/Down; Happy/Sad; Hot/Cold; On/Off; Yes/No Primary colors: Yellow; Red; Blue + Black and White Days of the week Months of the year People in their family: Mom; Dad; Brother; Sister; Grandma; Grandpa; Aunt; Uncle; Baby; Me Common animals: Dog; Cat; Elephant; Lion; Tiger; Bear; Giraffe Major holidays: Christmas; Birthday; Easter; Halloween Single letter words: I and A Joining words: And; By; and The
8/18/2022 8:58:36 AM • Preschool • Answered on Aug 18, 2022
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I want to walk alone places and do stuff alone. My mom won't let me. How do I convince her?

That depends on how old you are, where you live, and the places that you want to go. If you are wanting to go somewhere alone in a dangerous neighborhood or after dark, than your mom is likely right, and you shouldn't do those things alone. Also, young girls are more at risk for problems when they are out alone rather than in groups, and young guys there is a little less to worry about. I don't think anyone under 13 years old needs to go anywhere at anytime alone outside of their house and to school. If you are older than that, then try showing your mom you are responsible; text her to let her know that you are okay; call her when you reach your destination; and reassure her frequently that you are fine.
6/16/2022 10:52:59 AM • Preschool • Answered on Jun 16, 2022
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Which personality traits do you have?

There are so many positive personality traits in this world, and yet you don't use a single one to describe yourself, that is very, very sad. I try to be honest, appreciative, sensitive, and trustworthy in all things. My friends are much the same way. I appreciate them and they appreciate me.
3/22/2022 2:36:04 PM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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Slapping ears?

Yes slapping someone in the ears can knock them unconscious. It can be very painful, throw off the equilibrium balance, cause nausea, cause dizziness, and in some cases lead to internal bleeding, internal swelling, loss of hearing, and vomiting.
3/22/2022 2:36:03 PM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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Im a preschool teacher and i feel that I am not creative. I cant even draw. Is there a course for this that I can study?

You don't have to be ultra creative to teach preschool, you do however need to know how to make use of resources. The Internet is filled with resources that will help make your job as a teacher easier. Some of my favorite websites for preschool crafts, activities, and song lyrics are: Kid Zone, DLTK Kids, and Kididdles for music. As for classes that you could take, there are a number of them. There are basic early childhood education classes taught by colleges, but they do not really teach creativity. One of my favorite places to learn creativity is Lakeshore Learning Centers. It's a store that sells teaching materials, classroom materials, etc. They offer free teaching workshops which are fantastic. The workshops generally have a theme, and they teach you everything from songs to crafts, games, and more. You usually get a certificate at the end, and some colleges will count their free workshops as part of your instructional hours. The classes are an hour long, and they even have giveaways where you can win supplies for your classroom. You can learn more about their workshops at: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/general_content/store_locations/teacherWorkshops.jsp One of the best ways to learn hands down is to sit in on other teacher's classrooms. Talk to other teachers, let a parent helper take a day off, and enjoy seeing how another teacher runs their classroom. Honestly, a lot of the ideas that I used in my classroom came from children's television programs like Barney the Dinosaur. I actually can't draw worth a lick but I learned the basics from a children's television program called Pappyland. The key to creativity is to find what you are good at and go with it. Some people love to sing, play a musical instrument, and write song lyrics...I can't carry a tune in a bucket. But the thing about preschoolers is they don't care if you sing out of tune. If music isn't your thing maybe art is and you can show kids how to draw, paint, sketch, and so forth. There is also writing, playing with toys like LEGO, making up stories, playing with puppets, make believe, and so many other things. Find what you love to do and incorporate it into your classroom...that will go farther than all the training in the world.
3/22/2022 2:35:58 PM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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Do you think its safe to use clear wall tacks in a pre school class? Isn't Scotch Tape safer on walls not made for tacks?

I would never use tacks or any type of sharp object in a preschool classroom. There are so many other ways to mount things that make more sense. For instance, many white boards are magnetic and you can use large magnets (avoid small ones which could be swallowed) and 3M makes dozens of mounting products that are clear, don't ruin wall surfaces, and are non toxic should a child decide they want to put one in their mouth. As a general rule if you can take an object, poke yourself with it, and bleed, it shouldn't be in a preschool classroom. By the way, Scotch tape is not a good choice for sticking things to walls. In many cases, it's not strong enough to adhere to the wall, and if it's a painted wall, it will take the paint off the wall.
3/22/2022 2:35:43 PM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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Is it weird if daycare, infant and Preschool teachers hug or kiss their students?

It is not weird for a teacher to hug their student. I do think it is somewhat weird for a teacher to kiss a student. Especially since young children carry so many germs, all you would be doing is spreading the germs around. Hugs are always welcome, not only by scared little students, but also by discouraged teachers having a rough day.
3/22/2022 6:48:05 AM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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Why do some people ignore certain Facebook posts by somebody?

People ignore Facebook posts for a variety of reasons: They don't want to deal with the drama The person they are ignoring posts too frequently They are not interested in the types of posts that the person they are ignoring is posting They have blocked the person or in a sense muted them and the person doesn't know it They get too many posts on their feed They do not see the posts on their feed because it's too cluttered with other things
3/22/2022 5:39:54 AM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 22, 2022
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What do you Think 1 + 1 = ?

1+1=2 or also equals window
10/1/2017 5:53:24 AM • Preschool • Answered on Oct 01, 2017
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HOW I DELETE VIRUS HALP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1?

The best way to get rid of a virus is not to get them in the first place by running Internet Security Software. My favorite is Kaspersky Internet Security, I've never had a virus and I go on all sorts of websites. Since you already have a virus, here are some things that you can do to get rid of it: First, buy a professional anti-virus software program or download a free one. My favorite free anti-virus software program is AVG Antivirus. http://www.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download If you cannot install a software program because the virus is so bad, you can try an online virus scanner. My favorite is Bit Defender's online scanner. It is free to use. Free Online Virus Scan Sometimes viruses turn out to be a result of something other than a virus like Malware, Spyware, or Adware. These nasty problems are not always caught by anti-virus programs, so you may need a combination of an anti-virus program and Malware Bytes (also free) to get rid of your problem. Malware Bytes free edition Free Anti Malware Malware Removal Good luck to you!
3/23/2017 10:09:55 PM • Preschool • Answered on Mar 23, 2017
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