I just started my first week teaching pre-school and am having a harder time than I expected. My students are age 2-4 in one class and 3-6 in another. Having fun during activity time and going to the park is no problem, but when it comes to the actual teaching of new stuff, I feel like I am talking to a brick wall. The kids are at varying levels - some not speaking any English at all and others that have been in the school for a year or more and have the basics of the classroom down already. I am pretty sure that I am going to have to get down to very basics and teach the things around the classroom (table, chair, put on your jacket) so that the class can flow.
Also, any hints on getting them to do what you are telling them to do (like stop running in the classroom or quiet down during story time). There is only one or two very "hyper" kids in one of my classes. They start acting up and then the whole class gets into it. I guess what i am really looking for is pointers on how to gain control of a class of 2-4 year olds, and keep their attention when others seek to divert it away from me. Any pointers at all would be appreciated. Thanks!