Beginning this year I started working with our preschool students . . . we are talking 3 and 4 year olds. There is nothing more in this world that makes me more confused about having kids than working with preschoolers.
I was currently published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for my research done during my graduate work at the University of Saint Thomas. I focused my research on the effectiveness of using play activities during small group lessons to help improve appropriate classroom behaviors. I wish I could freely share my research here, but I think the IJPT wouldn’t appreciate that much. Please take some time to look for it though. The article title is Examining the Use of Play Activities to Increase Appropriate Classroom Behaviors. Below I have given you excerpts from the unedited version of my manuscript, including all the research I did on people who previously utilized play in schools. Read more
This is what happens when you combine 4 Kindergartners and 2 feather boas.
Have I ever told you how much I LOVE puzzles?
Here’s what I’ve begun to notice a lot while using toys during counseling sessions . . . the toys seem to come and go in cycles.
I can only take credit for 3/8ths of this idea. The other 5/8ths belong to Marissa at Elementary School Counseling.
I used this lesson for Kinders, 1st, and 2nd graders (pretty versatile). The Kinders got the second part during their small group Social Skills lessons, while 1st and 2nd graders got it during their bi-monthly guidance lesson.
In an effort to hold high expectations for myself, I decided to make a to-do list yesterday and cross off the items as I went along.