It must be tummy time!

It must be tummy time!

As we gather around our big blue carpet for various large group time activities, I always ask my students to find a spot on the edge of the carpet and then have a seat on their bottoms. But on most days, especially in my three and four year old classroom, large group time (or circle time) often turns into tummy time…

 

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

As the children start to inch their way up closer to me while I am reading a book…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

Or reposition themselves from their bottom to their knees…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

Or begin to shift where they are sitting to get a better view…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

Or begin to find a relaxed position on their tummy…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

I just keep going. If the children’s natural changes in position are not upsetting the flow of our conversation, becoming a major distraction to our story, or derailing our group time activity then I don’t want to stop the flow, create a major distraction, or  derail the group time activity either…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

But there are times we all need to take a step back and start over but once again, the children naturally begin finding a position or a spot that is most comfortable for them and it doesn’t take long before they all move in closer to me…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

I want my group times (both large and small) to be all about building community and in my mind, building community is all about being close together, being engaged in the process, being aware of each other as needed, and making any necessary adjustments as we go along…

It must be tummy time by Teach Preschool

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2 Comments

  • Rosie Young Posted October 16, 2014 8:34 am

    Dear Deb,
    I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I Love it! I have returned to teaching after raising my own children and am now teaching a ESL class of four year olds. I needed to comment on tummy time. Thank you for sharing the reality of teaching and circle time. Children need to move and get closer to the activity being discussed- it is actually a compliment to the teacher! It means that you have captured their interest and imagination so thank you again for sharing this insight.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 19, 2014 11:25 pm

      Thank you Rosie! ItI hope your return to the classroom is exceptionally rewarding!

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