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Unread Nov 29th, 2010, 12:50 pm
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Default teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

Hello verybody,
I somehow can't post a new thread so I will ask my question here:

I have the opportunity to teach in a newly opened kindergarten which have one mixed group consisting of one 1year old, 2 two year olds, 3 three year olds (I am serious Smile)) and two 5-6 yos. My idea is not to mix the 5-6 yos with others - am I right?
But can I work efficiently with others where there is only one tiny one year old and others 2 and three?
Any ideas how to organize the groups and have efficient lesson plans?
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you!

Sanja
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Default Re: teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

For those really little ones I think it will just be baby sitting. They can at least hear you speak English though. For the students who are three and older I would have them work together when possible. Get a set of vocabulary words and have the kids do learning activities with them like hangman or pictionary. Maybe during reading time you can split them up by age. Good luck!
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Default Re: teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

Thanx Andrew.
I actually believe that it can be very beneficial for young children and perhaps for those little ones even more to be exposed to foreign language as much as possible. I don't expect any production from them. I think it would be more than just baby sitting just the results are not that obvious and are to be seen in years to come.
thanx again for your suggestions.

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Default Re: teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

I feel like there's a difference in students who have started between 1-2 years old and continued on. They're pronunciation is clearly better than older kids, but also their willingness to just try to understand and not translate.

The key is that they have to continue for years to make that early exposure worth it. The majority (for any variety of reasons) don't stick with it. So, now my advice is for parents to enroll kids around elementary school age and stay the course if at all possible.

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