Peek at my Week: Week 6 & Problem Solving


Teach your students how to solve problems using visual supports and techniques in your early childhood classroom. Teaching social skills (aka character education) is just as important as teaching letters.

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.

Teach your students how to solve problems using visual supports and techniques in your early childhood classroom. Teaching social skills (aka character education) is just as important as teaching letters.

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! 

Teach your students how to solve problems using visual supports and techniques in your early childhood classroom. Teaching social skills (aka character education) is just as important as teaching letters.

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.

Teach your students how to solve problems using visual supports and techniques in your early childhood classroom. Teaching social skills (aka character education) is just as important as teaching letters.

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.

Teach your students how to solve problems using visual supports and techniques in your early childhood classroom. Teaching social skills (aka character education) is just as important as teaching letters.

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!
Don't forget to see what other teachers are teaching this week!




4 comments

  1. I noticed on a picture your calendar is set up on the wall going across...can you share how you do this and the setup? love your blog and products!

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    1. I will try and do a post about it this week. I may need to take some more pictures for it. We do a linear calendar in my preschool classroom. The kids LOVE it and reference it daily! Thanks so much for the sweet comments!

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  3. Would I be able to make copies of the above poster and use them in an elementary school setting?

    Thanks!

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