FunShine Tells: Why, When, and How to Individualize

Individualization is a way to personalize or adapt the way we teach something to make it fit a child’s need or interest. By individualizing, we are redesigning a teaching strategy to make learning easier and more effective for a student or a small group of students who need more time, more information, or have some other interests or needs that cannot be covered as the activity was first designed.

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FunShine Tells: Supporting Bilingual Families and Children

As a Spanish-speaking person, I know first-hand the value of speaking two languages and being appreciated and respected for it. I have had the opportunity to have Spanish-speaking children in my classroom and one of the first things parents communicate is the peace of mind they feel knowing that their child’s bilingualism is familiar to me and that makes me great support to them. However, this only happened with children who spoke the same language as me. Every time I received children in my classroom who spoke other languages, the experience was as new and unfamiliar to me as it was for them.

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FunShine Tells: 5 Tips for a Successful Year

A new school year has started and along with that, all of the organizing and prepping of the classroom. As a former teacher, I know firsthand that this is one of the most exciting times for teachers. With their children in mind, teachers plan everything that pertains to their classroom: toys, teaching props, wall colors, décor, etc. There are always lots of surprises, changes, and challenges throughout the school year. With that said, the following five tips can help you start on the right foot and set you up for a successful year. 

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FunShine Tells: The Purpose Behind Creative Arts

It is well known that children are interested in colors, textures, shiny objects, etc. These materials arouse curiosity in them and a desire to explore in depth. This is why crafts and different expressions of art tend to be attractive activities for children. But what is the purpose behind art and those shiny colors? What is behind those interesting textures and materials? 

Arts and crafts awaken creativity, ideas, strategies, and ways of thinking in children that help them see the ideas in their minds become a tangible reality. From the moment a child is presented with all these materials, guided by ideas and suggestions, and the moment the child holds the first material, say a crayon, a pom, or a piece of paper, their brain gets stimulated, sending and receiving multiple messages that prompt them to create. 

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