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More on class size
ZBCC had asked...
Just curious about the class sizes that other rotation model coordinators are working with.
We currently have fairly large sized classes for our preschool and early elementary age groups. I say large knowing that this will be a completely relative term! We are a small church with large attendance in a particular group. We average of 15 age 3-4 year olds each week and about the same in our Kindergarten to Grade 2 class.
Here's the twist: We are limited on the number of adult volunteers we can find so are sort of stuck with this arrangement.
Furthermore, I am finding it challenging to get really hand's-on at this age with art projects, computer lessons and special projects. So much of rotation.org's lessons are aimed slightly above my two biggest grades.
We've found that games, drama and guided cooking lessons are easy to adapt and seem to work ok, but other workshops, such as computer and art that require some assistance seem to be quite overwhelming with this size of our younger groups, let alone their age.
Any wisdom, advice or experience people could share with me would be great.
Neil MacQueen replied to the ZBCC:
"Many kids" is a great problem! .
I've taught rotation (and other) classes with as few as 2 and as many as about 18. Sometimes you have no control over who or how many show up. In that scenario, you have to plan for more and expect less. If you CAN predict attendance, and you are doing rotation mainly with preschool and early elementary, then maybe you need to rethink what workshops you offer, and maybe even invent some new ones that are designed to handle the needs of that age group and size of your class.
For example, I always wanted to do a "lego building" construction workshop. That medium adjust to age and size pretty well, and the little guys love duplos.
Puppets would probably be a disaster with large groups, but having a few teens put ON a puppet show could work nicely, and then add music workshop elements to the lesson. Music works especially well for younger kids and isn't so size sensitive.
re: computer lab.... It's one of the few workshops that's very sensitive to "too many" kids. And that gets worse if you don't know how many are going to show up.
One way to solve your "too many" problem is to split the younger kids into two groups. Half uses the computer lab for 20 minutes, then switches with the other half. This assumes you have space and help.
You might also think of NOT using your computer lab for your very youngest students. They still like to eat paste. Instead, give the computer lab time to your older students. Their class sizes are probably smaller anyway, at least for now!
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