Kindergarten teachers play a very important role in a child’s early development. What they experience and learn during their very early years often helps build their views of the world and themselves. A kindergarten teacher has the power to affect a child’s failure or success through school and even into their personal lives. Teachers use the hands-on approach and interactive discussions to help their kindergarten students apply and learn abstract concepts such as the concept of numbers.
Kindergarten schoolteachers require a variety of aptitudes and skills, including the natural ability for working with children and the power to create effective teaching methods in a suitable learning environment. They use films, books, music, games, artwork, computers and other tools to teach kindergarten children basic skills. Children learn through interactive activities such as rhyming games, storytelling and acting games. Having the children working together, often in small group sessions, helps improve their social skills. Kindergarten teaches begin teaching young children the academics, such as phonics, letter recognition, numbers and awareness of science and nature. They teach every child that they are a capable and valuable person, which helps the child’s self-esteem and encourages their love for learning.
Kindergarten teachers treat each student as an individual and try to help him or her with their emotional, physical, social or creative needs. They also interact with parents and faculty members. Kindergarten teachers must have excellent skills in problem solving, organization, record keeping and resolving conflicts. As they need to train and motivate children, excellent communication and research skills are essential.
Common work activities include:
- Meeting with other teacher at the kindergarten level to coordinate programs offered in each classroom.
- Developing daily lesson plans and objectives and teaching students based on those lesson objectives.
- Researching various teaching methods, information about students with special needs, and keeping abreast of teaching methodologies.
- Meeting with parents to discuss student progress as required.
- Motivating students to learn and to enjoy the school experience.
- Keeping anecdotal and other records as to student progress based on teaching requirements outlined by education departments and school curriculum.