Birthdays are an exciting time of celebration and community building. They are a time when parents and families can join in with their child’s peers to celebrate a particular child and make him or her feel special. However, without clearly established rules and routines, birthday celebrations can also feel disruptive of the daily schedule. To navigate these celebrations, it can be helpful to have clearly established “birthday guidelines” to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
If you are working with early learners, you know how hectic the end of the day can be, especially when multiple parents arrive at the same time to pick up their children. You can make this time more productive by incorporating easy-to-implement daily communication tools to inform parents about specific play-based learning activities, topics of conversation, and moments of discovery and fun.
Cleaning up is an important part of classroom routine. It represents respect and care for the shared space that you and the children spend so much time in together. When children are encouraged to be a part of the cleaning process, they also begin to take ownership and accountability for the materials they use during play. However, our expectations must be in line with a child’s capability.