Responsibilities During Small Group Time

  • Activity areas will be chosen/assigned—a week in advance during your meeting with your mentor educator.
  • Learn where materials for activities are stored. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it, but plan ahead, don’t wait until right before your activity.
  • Try to tie activity ideas to ongoing curriculum and developmental levels.
  • Set up your activity. All materials must be ready when children come into the area.
  • Be sure the appropriate number of children are in the activity area. Each child needs adequate space and materials to have a successful experience.
  • Try to help as many children participate in an activity as possible without setting rigid limits.
  • Encourage children and enjoy the activity with them. Talk with them, listen to them, and ask them about what they are doing. Try not to ask them questions to which you already know the answer to. Ask them questions to encourage their thinking and problem-solving. While doing creative activities, when appropriate ask children: “Tell me about that” rather than “What is that?” Participate with the children but let them do their own activity. Do not draw with or for children. Encourage each child’s creativity.
  • Children need to help clean-up the activity area. All materials that were taken out need to be put away in their proper places or set aside in a designated area until you have the chance to return the materials to their correct spots (ie: if something goes on the collage cart, in the kitchen, another classroom, or upstairs). Children and adults need to be respectful of the materials and put them away in a manner that is respectful and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Your enthusiasm and active facilitation will support children’s participation.
  • If you have done something with the children that you would like to share, please ask your cooperating teacher about making a display.
  • Preparing/cleaning up snack responsibility may be assigned on a rotating basis.

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