Problem solving is hard for preschool students (all students really) so to support my little friends we are doing a problem solving unit.
I introduce the problem solving techniques a few at a time during a class meeting. I introduce three techniques each week. Each year I pick nine to twelve techniques to use based on what my students need that year. I explain the technique in concrete terms to the students so they will understand what the technique is, what it can look and sound like.
We started last week with say "please stop", ask, and say how you feel. Today I introduced wait, play together, and share. These posters are on magnets so we can take them down as needed.
Singing with puppets is a fun and active way to practice the problem solving techniques. Preschoolers LOVE puppets! It also allows students to be someone else and some students will be more verbal if they can pretend to be someone else.
At the end of each verse, students act out the problem solving technique with a buddy using the puppets!
As a transition activity to lunch, students took turns sharing a way a they have solved a problem. The stories they told were so cute!
Safe Place! I keep my techniques posted in my circle area at the beginning of the year AND in my safe place. My safe place is a small spot in my classroom students can go to when they are upset, need to calm down, want to be alone, or have a problem. Once I see students using the problem solving techniques independently, I remove them from my circle area. They are posted in my safe place ALL YEAR LONG for students to use when they are struggling to solve a problem. In my safe place I have, a mirror, feeling chart, bean bag, sensory bottles, calm down choices, a stuffed animal, problem solving mini book, and problem solving techniques chart.
Problem Solving Necklace or Mini Book! I hole punched the small cards, put them on a book ring, and keep them on lanyard I wear everyday. This way I can support students’ solving problems without having to go to the safe place where they are posted. I can just show the picture cards as a visual on my necklace. The mini book in the safe place works the same way.
Do you want to use them in your classroom? You can! I did the work for you. I created (and updated summer 2016) . . .
And my plans for the week!
Here is a link to how to make your own class set of student chalkboards. My littles LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Click HERE!
Here is what I will be using this week!
I have updated Birthday Centers (now included Birthday Playdoh Mats) and Birthday Dramatic Play.
Have a great week!
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