1. Teaching skills taught by pre-school teachers (one to two sessions of an hour each)
- Story telling with puppets, drawing, felt boards etc.
- More about music and movement
- How to make children’s introduction to pre-school as smooth and happy as possible (third term)
- Doing experiments with pre-schoolers
2. Designing four themes (one per term) – using your own theme ideas
- Use the FC theme design to write up the theme
- Teachers must make posters for the theme
- Theme must include nature and interest activities/displays
- Teachers will need to spend one session in the library researching their theme
- Completed theme and posters handed in at end of each term.
- Theme run in the teacher's playroom in the next term (implementation of theme marked by trainer and training co-ordinator)
- Good themes will be typed up and given to other teachers with your name attached! But they must be good!
Some theme ideas...
Night time, I’m scared, citrus fruits, wind and air, computers, cheese, nuts and seeds we eat, books, road safety, the zoo, wild animals, animals who help us, robots, homes people live in all around the world, numbers, I am ready for big school, the post office, the aquarium, precious gems and metals, silk, how clothes are made, different religions in South Africa, Christianity, Islam, Hindi (etc.), inventing, baby animals, time, paper, soccer, sport, plastic, art, what makes me happy, where does sugar come from, bread, people who have disabilities, helping others, toys, feelings, how houses are built, light, ships, countries (you can cover a whole term and call it "going around the world") – China, India, Japan, England, America, South America, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, Canada…
3. Becoming a leader with confidence, responsibility and independence
- Continuous self assessment
- Becoming more confident
- Planning to be independent (Loaves and Fishes)
4. Play and its’ role in education – learning a little about theories of play and development
5. Getting in touch with our own creativity and playfulness
6. Observing children
7. Reports and assessing children
8. Getting help for children in need
9. Using books, places and things to get educational information (seeking and providing life-long learning)
10. Teaching and supporting others
11. The last three years – what kind of journey have I been on, and what have I collected along the way?