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How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 04:39 PM

So I am volunteering at my library for about 8 weeks and I will be working with a load of young children.
I have to do this reading challenge with them. However I have not really got alot of experience with little kids. My sister is only two years younger than me, so I never really used to read stories or whatever to her.
The only thing I've ever done is help out at nursery's and infant schools on sport days and stuff. But even that was a few years ago.
The Children are mainly aged 6-10, but they range from ages 4-12.
I don't have any idea how to talk to the kids about the books they have read or how to interact with them. I probly haven't read half of the books that they will tell me about. Also I don't want to seem like I am talking down to them, if you get what I mean. I don't want to come over as scary or intimidating either...
On the induction day they said that I will meet a few shy children, and some of them may cry. What do I do if a child starts crying?
& How can I 'connect' with them?




   
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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 05:05 PM

First off, there's no need to worry. Children are fun to work with and they remind us of their innocence and admire the little things in life - something we forget due to age.

But it's understandable to worry. My best advice is to be at their level. Ask lots of simple questions such as "do you like reading this book? was is good?" Just be caring and willing to talk to the shy kids so they can open up to you. If they cry, soften your voice and comfort them. When in doubt, take them to a teacher or the head of the program.

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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 05:06 PM

Hello.

My best advice is to listen to them. Seem simple, but you will connect if you listen. Some of the shy kids may need you to start the talking, if they start to cry comfort them - like with a hug or put your hand on their shoulder. Introduce yourself.

It seems silly - but I've noticed that alot of young girls with approach you easier over little things, like your nailpolish.

Good luck - you can do it.


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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 05:14 PM

Its easy to get nervous over things like this but what I've found is little kids are the easiest to work with. The first time I worked with little kids I was so scared. Im kind of a big girl and dont exactly look like the nicest person so I thought they would be afraid of me but none of them have ever been they've always loved me.

I tend to soften my voice a tad when im talking and try to sound friendly. Also just ask them simple questions. How'd you like this book? Whats your favorite book? Just little things like that. Also introduce yourself. I find when they know what my name is they tend to talk to me more because they feel as though they know me better. Also its okay to get down at their level. You dont have to tower over them all the time its okay to squat down when you're talking with them or helping them with something.

And just have fun. If you're having fun and enjoying yourself they're going to as well. If you go in there thinking your going to have a horrible time and nobodys going to like you they can pick up on that and may not want to chat with you as much. I find its really easy to talk to little kids.

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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 09:09 PM

thankyou so much all of you!
I feel alot more 'prepared' in a weird way :')
I start tomorrow and I am looking forward to it!
I have to remember to
-soften my voice
-ask simple questions
-get to know their names
-sound friendly and interested
-crouch down sometimes
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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - July 29th 2010, 09:12 PM

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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - August 1st 2010, 03:46 AM

Hey, if it's possible, you can also observe how the other (more qualified) workers handle the children
   
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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - August 3rd 2010, 09:50 PM

Thankyou so much... All of this advice worked really well. Is it okay to call the sweetheart and stuff too? Or would that be a bit weird?




   
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Re: How can I interact with the young children? - August 3rd 2010, 10:06 PM

It'd be ok - if that's how you talk. As long as you can say it without laughing too hard.


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