I'm A Pre-School Teacher | 10 Things I Learned So Far (1 Month Update)

About a month ago, I started working as a preschool teacher. I'll be honest with you-- I didn't think this would be my first real job. However, I am happy with my job. I had a 9th grade English teacher who would always say, "I love my job." I can honestly say the same.

Here are some things I learned after one month of being a preschool teacher:

1. Managing a class of fifteen three-year-olds is much more difficult than it sounds.

Three-year-olds! How hard could it be? Actually, really hard. I am constantly learning something new. Everyday is a learning experience. And, I love that.

2. Being prepared is your best friend.

I try to arrive to my classroom 10-15 minutes early to check inventory, go over lesson plans, and organize supplies.

3. Each child needs a different approach. 

Each and every child is unique and special. Each and every child learns in a different way. You simply can't use the same approach for all of them. Be creative!

4. One on one time is extremely valuable.

Fortunately, I co-teach. So, another teacher can engage with the group if a student needs some extra one on one time. I've found one on one time to be completely beneficial.

5. Sometimes, it's important to let your students lead the lesson.

The other day, during Circle Time, my students wanted to hold hands. Instead of forcing the kids to sit on the carpet and sing the days of the week, I decided to teach them the nursery rhyme Ring Around The Rosie.

6. It's never too early to learn about something.

The other day during snack time, one of my students began talking about the digestive system. He explained how the food went into tummy. I took this opportunity to teach him about intestines. They had a lot of fun trying to pronounce it.

7. Facebook Groups, Instagram Stories, and Pinterest Boards are your new go-to.

I've joined 2 Facebook Groups which offer lesson plans and support for preschool teachers. So, so helpful! 10/10 recommend!

8. Some days are harder than others. Like, a lot harder.

I'm still learning. A lot. So, I'm learning how to control different behaviors and manage my time.

9. It's okay to ask for help.

I've had to ask for help on a number of occasions. I do what's best for the kids.

10. You really are making a difference.

The early stages of a child's life are extremely influential to their developmental patterns. There are somedays when you feel like you're not getting concepts and ideas across to the children, but you're doing your best and that's all that matters.

If you have any tips and/or tricks for working with young ones, please let me know!

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