Why Preschool Small Group Activities are Important?
Addition of small group activities is very essential for preschoolers. By setting up age appropriate learning centers we can help the children to enhance their skills as well as play and explore together.
There are many benefits to small group activities in the classroom, for both children and teachers.
Since preschoolers are still in the process of developing their cognitive and social skills, they often function best when in small group settings. These activities help to develop their social skills through interaction with the other children and also by using language to express their ideas and needs.
Cooperation is also taught through small group activities. By working with just few peers they will know how to develop their cooperation skills, conversation skills and also to share and be fair.They will learn that they won’t always get their way and sometimes have to compromise by doing what is right.
By creating small groups amongst your preschoolers, you’ll be able to encourage friendships between children who do not normally play together.
Setting up small group opportunities in your preschool classroom also allows you to observe children more closely and watch their behavior when working in a group. Visiting learning stations and focusing on just a few children at a time, observation and taking anecdotes is made easier as you see them interact.