Problem Solving Skills Need Practicing

Problem Solving Skills Need PracticingChildren’s early years are critical and valuable in developing lifelong problem solving skills. In the early years, problems can be identified as simple as how to put shoes on, and as difficult as how to handle conflicts.

The most common problem seen in the nursery class is to deal with the concept of sharing. We often see children having conflicts about their friends grabbing toys from each other. They have not yet understood that sharing a toy is not the same as giving it away.

As teachers, when we see conflicts arising, the first thing we need to do is to ensure there are no harmful actions. We approach the children calmly and acknowledge their feelings and emotions by telling them, “I can see you are very upset.”

Then we follow by asking the children what happened. Some children may have more advanced verbal abilities while others may not have, it is very important to gather information from both sides. Sometimes we observe the conflict and assist the children with the vocabulary they need to describe the situation.

The next step is very crucial. We help children identify and label the problem and make sure they agree upon it. When identifying the problem, we want to find the underlying reasons “why do the children fight over the same toys?” rather than “why do they grab toys?”.

Here comes the most important step —- ask the children for ideas/solutions on how to solve the problem. At this age, young children may still need teacher’s support in offering them some possible solutions, and by doing this, we help them recognize that there are numbers of ways they can choose to achieve their desires.

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2 Comments for “Problem Solving Skills Need Practicing”

  1. What’s the link to your blog?

  2. I agree completely that solving conflicts begins at the earliest ages to learn how to successfully solve them. Although my blog is from a combined first and second grade, I taught a lot of nursery school and the book, I recommend was written for nursery school children. I even explained once to a fourth grade that it was written for nursery school but it all applies to all of us. And they bought that explanation and enjoyed it, too.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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