My digital camera is a valuable tool in my preschool classroom. I use my digital camera to organize the classroom, for project boards, documentation of learning experiences, classroom portfolios, class picture books, name cards, and picture slide shows for parent nights.
Organizing classroom shelves for the children’s centers
I take pictures on the items in each container and place one picture on the container and one on the shelf. This allows for children to pick up on their own knowing what goes in what container and which shelf to place the items on. I also type out the word for each label for a print rich environment.
Organizing their own personal space.
Marking an area to sit while at carpet
Pictures are taken of each child through out the year for documentation of their learning experiences. These pictures show the growth of each individual child through out the year. At the end of the year we take all the sample work and pictures and create a portfolio for each child to take home at the end of the school year.
Name cards to help promote writing
We make a name card for each child in the classroom and place them in the writing area so that children know how to write one another’s name.
We create familiar children books using pictures of each child in the classroom.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Brown Bear Brown Bear
I went Walking
These titles are just a few that we use with children’s pictures.
More class books to help promote an interest in writing and building is to take pictures of children do those things and turn it into a class book. We have one in the writing area (Look at what I am writing) and one in the block area (Look at what I can build).
I like to use pictures of the actual children in the classroom because it gives a since of ownership and that it is their classroom and their rules not just the teachers.