Reaching wide span of ages in a small class

  • May 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm #1465
    Martha Smith

    Through much experimentation I hit upon a way to teach one FDS topic to a 2 yr., 4 yr. and 10 yr. old so all three would get something worthwhile from the lesson.  How have you managed to do that?

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm #1467

    Hi Marty! Would you please share the fruit of your experimentation?! : )

  • May 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm #1468
    Lori Cabirac

    If I were teaching a story such as Noah’s Arc, usually I tell the story to the whole class with the costumed wooden figures on a “base” of some kind, interspersed with wondering or thought provoking queries. If the younger children begin to lack focus or get figetty, they can go with the second teacher (or assistant), who could involve a two yr. old in creative play of the Bible Story using a toy boat and plastic animals, with a bird or two. Or the second person could read a pre-K level book of Noah’s Arc to one or two children, as the main story is being told to the 10 yr. old.

    If there is time for hands on activities, the youngest could make boats to float out of half-walnuts and a sail stuck in clay, and the 10 yr. old could sing “Arky, Arky” using drums to keep rythmn.

    This kind of lesson takes a bit more time to gather the materials which will be available depending on the age of the children who show up. Marty Smith

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