It really is not as hard as it seems, how I engage my kids is normally through song. Kid’s respond well to routine and music. We do different activities each day but stay on a certain routine.
As we know all too well, kids aren’t a whole lot different from adults: If they aren’t absorbed by what’s going on, they’ll find something else that interests them. Especially when they are younger.
Eliminating times where the kids drift off means you must have a lot of activities. They can be general-purpose activities that apply to various subject areas or styles of teaching, or specific content-oriented activities that allow your students to learn by tapping into multiple intelligences beyond the usual listening and recalling.
In this activity below we were working on Rabbit Habitats, I placed all the cups, some of them cut, some not and other assorted items. They were working on this activity well over an hour. I have kids in the morning 2 years – 5 years and all of them were engaged.
BUILDING RABBIT HABITATS
WRITING POSTCARDS ARE SO MUCH FUN FOR THE KIDS THEY REALLY GET A CHANCE TO DRAW WHAT THEY WANT!
I truly believe in giving kids the chance to think for themselves, not stifling them just giving them the tools and sitting back to see what they put together.
FINE MOTOR ACTIVITIES, THE MATCHING GAME AND SCARECROW GAME
They love all of the Mother Goose Curriculum games!
I READ SOMETHING THE OTHER DAY THAT SAID THE ONLY WAY TO GET KIDS TO CONCENTRATE IS TO GET THEM MEDICINE. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT!
SOME OF THE BEST DAYS AROUND HERE IS WHEN WE ARE IMMERSED IN ACTIVITIES AND ARE NOT FOCUSED ON THE CRAZINESS AROUND US. IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH ACTIVITIES TO STIMULATE THE MIND, AND ENOUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, THE KIDS TEND TO BE FOCUSED.
If you’re like a lot of people, your attention is constantly being pulled this way and that. You may find yourself jumping from the activity you’re engaged in to something else that you’re afraid you’ll forget to do, then trying to recapture what you were thinking before you got detoured. Kids are constantly like this I do this myself, so when we work with kids it is important to remember this!