Teaching Kindergarten requires a lot of patience, creativity and caring. As children's first year in school, they will be excited and a little nervous of new things. As a kindergarten teacher, it is your responsibilty to help them through and also teach them the skills that are needed in Kindergarten. This article assumes that you are ready and licensed to teach.
Prepare your room. So you have landed your dream job at a school teaching kindergarten. Now what? The first step is to prepare your classroom. You'll want it to be very clean (kids are germy), and very neat and organized. The school year can be chaotic, so the more organized you start out, the better.
Plan lessons. Brainstorm before school begins lots of different lessons for the children. Start a 3-ring binder with ideas. Make sure you have all supplies needed for most of them. If you have extra time during the school day, you can reach for the binder. Make sure to incorporate the curriculum, which you will receive from your principal. This is crucial to teach kindergarten.
Welcome new students. Children will be nervous and so will parents, so be prepared for dealing with both. Have some extra stuffed animals on hand to console students the first week or so if they miss their parents.
Take a photo of each during the first couple weeks of school. Save them. At the end of the year, it is nice to make a project to take home showing how the child has changed during the year. The children love this, and so do the parents.
Accept parent volunteers. In the beginning, you may think you don't want volunteers in your classroom. But, volunteers can be a great addition to your classroom. They can help you with some work, freeing you up to do other things. It is also nice for them to work with kids in small groups, or one on one.
Patience is key when working with children.