Hello FUN Followers!
Valentine's Day is over. President's Day is over. Snow days might be over. Are you ready for Spring Break? Well, I know I am!!
How do we stay motivated? How do we keep the kiddos motivated? I am re-posting something that was written before. This is a reminder for myself and maybe will help you too. A little boost to help make it to Spring Break and beyond! Well, here is what I have learned...
Children are naturally motivated - they just may not be motivated to do what we want them to do! What motivates children?
Learning new things that they think are interesting (not what we think is interesting!). Playing - children learn through play. Our challenge as educators is to make learning fun (there's that word again) - not work. So good teachers are playful! They enjoy their children, have fun with them and teach at the same time.
The litmus test- if we think the children are not doing their "work" - then maybe we need to rethink what we are expecting them to do. Our goal may be that they will excel, but that is not their goal. If we lay down the foundation that learning is fun and interesting, then as they mature, they will continue to want to keep on learning because they are curious about things.
It is so hard these days when we have so much pressure because of standardized tests. HOW do we have fun and make sure the children learn what they need at the same time? Well, let me say that it is possible. Sing to learn, play games to learn, make learning those facts FUN.