Monday, July 29, 2013

Dont Blame the Teacher: Getting your Child Ready for Preschool

Get Your Child Ready For Preschool!


You can get your child ready for preschool and it so simple here are a few things that you can do that can get them ready.



1. Read, read, read!I firmly believe that even if you do nothing else, reading to your child as much as possible will give them an incredible head start.  Read books and magazines that interest them and read to them as often as you can stand it!  The general advice is at least 20 minutes a day.
Books can get expensive though.  Make sure to use your local library!!  It’s free, they have a great selection of books, and you can explore many more titles than if you had to buy them all.
Another great place for free books: http://www.wegivebooks.org/
Their selection seems to change from time to time, but there is always a great book available to read.

2.  Practice MathYou don’t need anything fancy to practice math with a preschooler.  Just use the toys they already have.  Count how many trains they have, sort stuffed animals by size or color, and compare them by size, length, etc.

3. ScienceScience at the preschool level a lot of fun!  Teach them about their body by singing songs like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  Go on walks outside and observe nature.  Answer all the questions they ask, and Google the answer if you don’t know!  YouTube.com can be your best friend here.

4. Gross Motor Skills - Gross motor skills are very important for preschoolers!  Fortunately, going to a park or playground can cover most gross motor skills.  Climbing stairs and ladders, running, swinging, jumping, etc.  Find a line or curb and practice walking and balancing on it.  Play catch and learn to kick – if you don’t have a ball use a rolled up sock!

5. Art - Let them explore different artistic tools – crayons, markers, paint, construction paper, newspaper, etc!  These items are hard to get for free, but there are definitely easy ways to cut down on the cost of art supplies!
  • Stock up at back-to-school time.  Crayons often go for 25 cents for a box of 24!
  • Use coupons at craft stores.  Micheals, JoAnns, AC Moore, and Hobby Lobby often have coupons for 40-50% off and they have great selections of crayons, markers, paints, etc!  They also have deals randomly throughout the year, so keep an eye on their flyers!
6. Calendar Time - Calendar time can be a great way to practice math, days of the week, months of the year, and many other concepts!

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