Creative Strategies To Help Kindergarten Students Develop A Lifelong Love For Learning

Ms. Shabista Surve
Mar 15, 2022
Kindergarten

The word “Kindergarten” has its origins in the German language. “Kinder” means children, and “Garten” means Garden.

The concept of Kindergarten was designed to provide children of age 2-5 with a conducive learning environment, to help them grow awareness for their surroundings.

Understanding the attachment toddlers have with their parents, the education program was also meant to help children get used to a foreign environment; ie. their school, without their parents. 

Kindergarten is the first step towards your child’s educational journey.

For this, parents and teachers need to provide the children with a comfortable and safe learning experience, along with creative teaching techniques with the help of fun activities to engage the students.

The faculty at Abu Dhabi Indian schools focus greatly on creative strategies to help kindergarten students develop a lifelong love for learning.

We cater to the Indian community of Abu Dhabi, teaching children values, ethics and helping them grow into responsible adults from Kindergarten. 

At Abu Dhabi Indian School, we have created an interactive kindergarten environment for our enrolled toddlers.

We know how essential it is for a child’s personality development, motor skill development, recognizing familiar surroundings and objects, and enhancing social skills, such as interaction with teachers and fellow students. 

We help your child with the development of such skills, to prepare them for the challenges of elementary school, and the life ahead.

Importance Of Creative Teaching Strategies For Kindergarten Students

As mentioned above, Kindergarten is an important phase in a child’s life.

It is the stepping stone towards lifelong learning and overall development, and an introduction to school life and education.

At Kindergarten, the personality of children is molded by consistently assigning them various groups as well as individual activities such as drawing, singing, dancing, and sports. 

However, interacting with children of such a small age can be difficult, let alone simply asking them to do a task.

The kindergarten teachers at Abu Dhabi Indian Schools are specially trained to interact with children and engage them in classroom activities through creative strategies. 

Let's have a look at some of the teaching strategies our teachers use, to engage kindergarten children in a wide variety of activities, throughout their primary school.

What Are The Best Creative Strategies To Engage Kindergarten Students In Classroom Activities?

1. Creating An Inviting Classroom

Creating an inviting classroom involves thinking about what a child between ages 2-6 would like, and be intrigued by.

You may have noticed lots of posters, stickers, colorful walls, and classroom equipment in a kindergarten classroom.

This is so because, according to several research studies, colors and animated characters help in stimulating a child’s brain, and pushes them to think outside the box and develop imagination. 

Another way to create an engaging atmosphere for a Kindergarten classroom is to acquire plenty of picture books, age-appropriate puzzles, games, colorful building blocks, or other hand instruments. 

At Abu Dhabi Indian Schools, we pay extra attention to revamping our Kindergarten classrooms periodically, to help our children develop sensitivity to colors and a sense of imagination.

2. Engage With The Children’s Interests

Incorporating the topics that attract your students towards learning is important at the primary education level.

Since toddlers have a relatively low attention span and don’t care about details, it is important to make them pay more attention to what you have to teach.

Using their interests to teach a subject is a great way to engage with the toddlers. 

Another way to engage the children’s interests is to take time out of the timetable, to simply talk and ask questions.

Classroom discussion has proven to be a very successful classroom teaching technique to help kindergarten students learn to speak about common topics. 

At Abu Dhabi Indian Schools we understand how important it is for students to interact with teachers, especially at such formative stages.

For this, we make sure that every child is given equal attention by the teachers. We also take the student-teacher ratio very seriously.

3. Filling The “Deadtime”

“Dead Time” refers to a period where the teacher is engaged in routine classroom tasks like correcting the children’s classwork, setting up presentations or videos, handing out worksheets, etc. 

These brief periods often carry the risk of students tuning out or losing interest in what is being taught.

And it is very difficult and time-consuming to bring them back to the topic, and elicit satisfactory responses. 

Taking note of this, the teachers at Abu Dhabi Indian Schools take the utmost pride in successfully handing out low-order activities to students, to fill the dead time constructively.

We use these periods to make students think, imagine, reflect and discuss varied topics.

Our teachers also give children questions to answer, develop their interactive skills, and make them confident.

4. Encourage Group Work

Group assignments, projects, and discussions are an age-old way of developing a child’s social skills, problem-solving attitude, and aptitude for teamwork.

Collaborating with other students from a very early age also improves the child’s thinking, and helps him open his mind towards varied perspectives and thoughts, as well as teach him over the years to verbalize his thoughts and ideas into articulate sentences.

Additionally, group work at young ages often gives way to budding friendships and life-long bonds between students. 

The Kindergarten faculty at Abu Dhabi Indian Schools use their detailed judgment and knowledge of child psychology to create interesting collaborative projects and balanced groups for a beneficial collaboration between children.

5. Start The Class With Engaging Stories Or Hooks

It is important for teachers to engage young children, especially in primary and elementary school, to study various subjects.

Starting each topic with entertaining stories, hooks, and personal anecdotes is a great way to gain the unbreakable attention of children and maintain their interest in the educational topics. 

A successful way to maintain a child’s attention during class is to make them a part of the lecture, rather than making them the audience.

Encouraging turn-wise reading of excerpts, asking questions, encouraging contribution towards the topic, and pushing the children to think outside the box keeps them attentive and absorbs what is being taught better.

6. Promote Sharing

Giving the children enough opportunities to stand up and share what's on their minds, in front of the class enhances their confidence, and increases their interest in the class.

Promoting healthy sharing also makes the children more accountable. Additionally, listening to each other helps the children know their classmates, make friends, and bond. 

At Abu Dhabi Indian Schools, we have made presenting and sharing ideas and thoughts a part of the timetable.

It is a regular class activity for our students to talk about their families, pets, hobbies, etc in front of the class.

Our teachers also provide a safe and trustworthy space, to encourage children to open up about their personal problems or share any issues they are facing.

7. Keep The Students Mobile

Toddlers often struggle to sit in one place for long periods. They prefer being active and moving around a space.

They have a lot of pent-up energy that needs to be channelized into creative activities, constructively.

Coming up with fun tasks that keep them moving, is a healthy initiative that promotes physical exercise.

It also gets the children into a habit of a mobile lifestyle and avoids a sedentary lifestyle for the coming years. 

Life at Abu Dhabi Indian Schools is full of opportunities and options for students when it comes to sports, and physical exercise.

Sport is an integral component of the school’s curriculum, and it is encouraged to the students to enroll in all activities they enjoy.

Keeping this in mind, we offer a plethora of fun activities for the students to engage in, from Kindergarten.

Conclusion

Kindergarten is an important part of a child’s life. It is the foundation phase when a child learns all the skills that are essential for facing complex challenges for the rest of his life.

Indian Schools in Abu Dhabi caters to the individual needs of the growing children of the Indian community of Abu Dhabi.

Affiliated by CBSE, the schools provide a wholesome curriculum that provides a balance of sports, arts, and academics while promoting the learning and development of essential skills.

Our utmost focus is on the confidence-building and personality development of the child.


Ms. Shabista Surve

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