Children are infatuated with photos. Whether it’s looking at silly pictures of themselves, or taking their own photos, photography is a great way to engage students in your child care program. Take photography in child care to a whole new level, and incorporate unique, fun and educational ways to use photos in your child care program that you and your kids will love!
1. CREATE A VIDEO YEARBOOK
Schools are not the only ones who can have yearbooks. Childcare and after school programs spend tremendous amounts of time with their children. It’s always a little bittersweet when the school year comes to an end, and you must say goodbye to your older students. However, a video yearbook is a fun and more affordable way to celebrate the end of the school year and commemorate your children that are moving on.
Create a video yearbook by using pictures taken through the year at holiday events and fun activities. Put the pictures together and create something that your children, parents and staff will love. Either show your children and parents the video at an end of the school year event, or burn DVDs of the video as a farewell gift.
2. Create a Photo booth
Child care programs are constantly coming up with fun and creative activities for their kids. While programming is enjoyable, it can be a challenge to constantly come up with new activities. Creating long term activities and projects is a great way to not only take the pressure off of coming up with new ideas daily, but also helps your kids to learn and create something of value.
Try creating your very own photo booth for your childcare program. Throughout the month have your children work on planning, drawing, coloring, decorating and creating props for your photo booth. A photo booth provides your students with plenty of fun activities to work on, as well as provides your kids with a fun final project they can admire and show off.
Creating a photo booth is not only for big holidays. Look up wacky weird holidays such as World Penguin Day or Watermelon Day and get creative! If you are still not sure where to start, check out photo booth ideas for kids on Pinterest for a little inspiration. Your children will have a wonderful time creating and taking pictures in the photo booth, and parents will love to see their child’s photo booth pics.
3. USE PHOTOS IN ACADEMIC ALTERNATIVES
Most children (and adults for that matter) love taking and admiring pictures. However, photography does not simply have to be a fun hobby or after school club. It can be used as a way to fully engage students in academic alternatives. Here are a just a few ways you can use photos to help your students learn and grow:
-PHOTOGRAPHY WRITING PROMPTS:
Have you’re students take a few pictures. You can either give students the freedom to take pictures, or give them a guideline on types of pictures to take. Then use these pictures as a writing prompt. Have your students tell a short story, write a poem, or describe how the picture makes them feel. Students will be much more likely to engage in a writing prompt when they took the pictures themselves.
Creating a journalism club is not only a great way to use photos in your childcare program, but a great academic alternative that captures almost every student’s interest. Students can become writers, interviewers, photographers, comic strip creators, or even take on leadership roles. Help your students create a quarterly journal where they can discuss their biggest interests, concerns, and what is going on in your childcare program.
Be creative with your journal, and cater it to your children’s interest. After your journal is put together, you’re students will have something tangible they can be proud of and show off to their friends and parents. Check out these school newsletter ideas to help you get started.
4. Positive Behavior Reinforcement
Discussing negative behavior with parents is a part of running a child care program. While it is of course necessary to discuss poor choices made by students, reinforcing positive behavior may be just as important. By encouraging and rewarding students when they do well, you may be able to avoid negative behavior more frequently.
Kinderlime’s photo sharing feature allows you to easily share photos with parents throughout the day. Use this photo sharing feature as a tool for positive reinforcement. If a child is having an exceptional day, let their parents know. Use the Kinderlime photo sharing tool to show parents how their student is having a wonderful and positive day. Your parents will be thrilled to know that their child is doing well, and the child will love being praised for his or her good behavior.
Have you tried any of these fun photography activities? How do you use photos in your after school, child care, or daycare program?