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What are you doing at home to prep your child for Pre-school?


cattiva June 4, 2008

My 3 year old daughter will go to preschool sometime in the next 6 month, i think. i'd like to get her ready. she's been going to daycare in a home since she was 3 mos old, so she is already used to spending the day away from me. but i want her prepared as far as her abc's and 123's... and holding a pencil correctly etc.

but i don't really know the standard for what is a good level for a child to be when entering pre-school . or if there is even a standard. i don't want her to be upset that everyone can do something that she cannot, or be unfamiliar with some of the very, very basics.

but am not sure how or where to being.

any thoughts on what you are doing. what you may have found out through experience or research, or if you teach preschool --what you may offer as advice would be greatly appreciated!


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LizaSBach August 15, 2008

My husband and I read at least 4 books a night to our son :) Also we the television we watch is mostly child centered... ie NOGGIN and PBS Sprout


tfumar August 18, 2008

Hello there! I have a 2 year old and since she was one I had purchased a some books with numbers, abc's and "first words". I also got books with shapes and colors. I try to sit with her everyday and read at least one or two of the books (depending on her attention span). Now sometimes she brings the books to me asking me to read them and play our "name that thing" game. I have NO idea if I am doing enough or too much but it seems to work.


ALI-GATOR August 28, 2008

I have a 3 year old at home and a 5 year old in kindergarten this year. I made each of them a three ring binder and Called it Ali's great big book of everything and Ili's great big book. Anything i see on line or that my daughter brings home i make copies so we can practice at home and it is all in one book for her to look at. We have sections for all subjects math, reading etc. She also loves getting on the computer herself and printing things she gets (a big plus she is learning how to use the computer) like awards when she dose good. we even have a section for healthy foods and she decides what healthy foods she likes and colors pictures to put in her folder.


philagirl August 28, 2008

hi like yourself my three year old is starting pre-k this year. Actually next Wednesday. My mother fortunately for me has been watching my daughter at our home since day one. For the past year we been doin the abc's together and 123's. Flash cards are a good idea. Also, get her used to saying her name that will help her identify herself to teachers and all pre-k children. Another mom referred me to websites like, This sites are good lessons for kids getting for any grade. I use them frequently. I recently started reading books to her every other day. It's get her used to having to sit down and listen. I hope this helps you. Good luck and enjoy the little stuff while it's lasts.


eatfire2 September 16, 2008

When my daughter turn 2, I debated on sending her to a daycare. I work part-time and didn't think she needed to attend since I can be with her and teach her the fundamentals at home. We also attended mommy & me classes and she easily adapted but I noticed she yearned for a playmate since she was the only child at the time. With some research & recommendations I decided to put her in daycare/preschool part-time . She did great!! They taught her so much! She knew her colors, numbers, songs and she would come home everyday with an art project they did for that day. As she got older, I extended her stay. Now at the age of 4, she's very confident & out-going. On the first day of preschool at a new school, she was one of the few who didn't cry but gave me a hug & a kissed and said "See you later mommy. I need to go to school now!" I walked away knowing she'll be fine.....

What I learned from this experience was to do some research on daycares that incorporate preparing your child for preschool readiness at an early age in their program. Her preschool had a 2 year old, 3, 4, pre-K class to where they would gear their teaching to that age group. The children were never mixed in with different ages during their teaching. I believe that helped tremendously.


cerebrums1 September 18, 2008

My daughter has a two and three year old. When the three year old was one or one and a half, she used every-day items to teach her colors and counting. For example; she would take out five or ten M & M's and name the colors. Her daughter would repeat the name. Later, she would hold them in her hand and tell her daughter she could have two red M & M's, for example, and then her daughter would take two red M & M's from her hand. This taught color recognition and counting to five and later to ten.
She later put her in a learning day care where she met her best friend Emily. She is socially adapted and a bright little girl who is prepared and ready to enter her pre-kindergarten class. Of course it is a small challenge when she wants to name the colors for her younger sister.
It is now the two year old's turn to enter the learning daycare.


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Missqueennyc September 19, 2008

Hi Mom,

I had the same concerns for my 3 year old when he started school. As an Earky Childhood educator I wanted to make sure he was as ready as possible. You will be suprised to find out how much your daughter already know. The best way to teach her anything is to model it for her without a didactic approach. For instance if your balancing your checkbook give her a paper and a pen, and tell her to write down all of her money. Make sure you sit next to her in the same position. And if she a leftie try to use your left hand. (This is to affirm that it is okay to be a leftie). This will help learn the proper way of holding a pencil.

ALthough, I really dont favor electronic games for learning. I was amazed to discover my son had learned to identify a majority of the alphabets from his Letter factory Leapster toy. I usually give it to him on long car rides when he has read/looked at all of his books.

Manipulitives are great. Connecting pieces such as legos enhance mathematical and motor abilites. Play-doe is great to play with. plain woodblocks are also great. Once in school all learning is expected to be aquired through play.

Howver, Preschhols vary. Private preschools have loose standards, while Headstarts and school based programs have a more standardized appraoch.

I hope this is helpful.
Good Luck!


mariajhazel October 7, 2008

I am a great fan of Baby Einstein products... i made sure i watch it with my babies so i can explain everyting that's going on... even if they dont know what im saying... also leapfrog's letter factory... my 2 1/2 y.o. son is very smart... he learned his alphabets by 16 months, learned some animal sounds before he turned one... he has great language skills... whenever we go up and down the stairs, i count out loud... he learned his numbers at 18 mos... now he's in preschool with 3 y.o. kids and enjoying school since he can already relate...


lockmama October 8, 2008

My daughter is also three. She has been in daycare since 6 months. Her center provides daycare for kids under two then shifts to a preschool format for kids two and older. They work on a public school's academic calendar. In August the kids are all assigned into classrooms based on their age. As a two year old, she learned her colors, alphabet, numbers (to 20) and beginning phonics.

Right now the kids are contuning to work on writing their names and have started some reading skills. They have activities such as find something in the classroom that begins with the letter "D". They also have worksheets where they color all the items on the page (fine motor skills) then circle the words that begin with a certain letter (reading skills) or they draw lines between words that rhyme.

I would suggest working with her on the proper way to hold a pencil at home. That will be invaluable! There are some great pencil grips that will help a child learn the proper technique.

A good preschool will have a low student-teacher ratio so your daughter can get some extra help in areas that she has not been exposed to. Once she starts preschool, talk with her teacher about what is being done in the classroom then reinforce it at home. If kids are learning to write letters and your daughter hasn't learned the alphabet, you'll have a great opportunity to teach her! At that age, kids seem very eager to help one another so I wouldn't worry about skills that your daughter may not yet have. She'll pick them up quickly enough. Good luck!

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