Mom The New Pre School Teacher??

Shaolin - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I hear alot of the 3 year olds can write their names? Is this so? What is it that your child knows how to do, and what is some things that I can teach my daughter being 3 years old that is going to help her developmental skills, like shapes and colors? And how do you go about doing this?

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Tara - posted on 03/25/2011

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I thought we were doing well with my daughter (Alexandra) we had her writing ALEX when she was 3 but when we registered her for school (when she was 3.5) the teacher was giving us tips on things to work on with her over the summer and she said that if you want to teach your child to write their name, please DO NOT teach her in capital letters...oops! So she had to pretty much start from scratch since the A was the only one she knew. We hadn't looked at minuscule letters at all (our fridge set was all caps). Now with our son I am trying to do both sets of letters simultaneously. He is 2.5 and cannot write any letter yet, but can pick them out faster than his 4 yr old sister :)

Alavisi - posted on 03/25/2011

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Yes! Children begin to write their names around 2.5-3 years old. If your toddler is constantly grabbing pens and pencils and scribbling- he/she may be ready! I suggest you get some modeling clay- this helps build muscle development and start showing them the correct way to hold a pencil. Get the jumbo pencils(fat marker sized) and start practicing the letters in their name. Hold your hand on top of theirs and help them write their first name about 2 or 3 times. keep this up every day, and you will soon realize that your little one will want to write his/her name on everything! You can also go to the teacher store near your area, and decorate her room with an alphabet chart, numbers, colors, and shapes. Everyday you just go around her room for example if the shapes are on the back of her bedroom door, then before you leave out of the room you point to the shapes or colors and soon she will pick it up. You can also have the conversations daily while picking out her clothes, "lets put on the red shirt and the purple jeans, get your white shoes, and pink socks." Or- "go get my the blue comb from the brown table". You do the shapes of things and objects the same way: ie. What shape is the remote control? Its a rectangle! Mommy's cell phone? etc. Good luck!

Mindy - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter is 3 and a half next month. She knows her shapes, colors, numbers, her full name, mom and dad's full name and she can count almost to 20. She is in a perschool program everyday of the week so I don't know what you can do to teach your child because I work and am not the primary teacher. Sounds horrible, doesn't it?

Ada - posted on 02/12/2010

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I have a 3 year old who has been writing her name for quite some time now. I am also a kindergarten teacher and have been working with her since birth. Every child develops at different times but nowadays they need a solid baseline before even entering kindergarten in order to be up to par. Just work with with her on her letters, sounds, reading basic sight words and have fun with all of it. There are so many videos that help make learning to read fun as well. Leap Frog makes a great line of educational videos, especially The Letter Factory. My kids have known their letter name and sounds by 15months from watching them. Good luck and Im sure your daughter will be just fine.

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2010

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I am a preschool teacher and a mother of three. My five year old is in kindergarten this year and just learned how to write his name without help this year. My three year old just started preschool in sept. can write a few letters and recognize a few letters. She can mainly recognize the letters in her name, and tells me when she sees a K that K is for Kassity. At the age of 3 i would work on letter names and recognition and if your child can spell their name thats fantastic, if not don't worry. Name writing is usually introduced around 4 years old and mastered witha lot of practice.

Brooke - posted on 02/11/2010

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my 3 year old cannot write his name. i am starting to work with him on tracing now.
i am going to start pre-school activities at home with him. i've found several workbooks for his age with characters that he likes. he's very excited to use them. flashcards are a great way to work on shapes, colors, numbers, letters and sight words. i would just focus on one thing a day. don't forget how much sitting and reading to your child teaches her! they learn so much about language from dialouge and having stories read to them!
if she's not ready to write her name, just spell it out for her. you can point out the individual letters and let her learn those as well as learning what her name looks like.
teach her your name too...i know toddlers can wander off. she could probably start learning her address. you could contact parents as teachers and find out what your school district's kindergarten expectations are and making sure she knows those things as well. good luck.!
cale knows his shapes and colors and can count to 10 without much trouble. he knows the alphabet up to g.

Leanne - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter can't write her own name but she can write her big sisters name (Emma - 5 yo) because she has seen that more often. My 20 month old (Daniel) is also pointing out E's because of this. Abbie counts to 29 but skips number 15. She learnt her colours using M&M cookies with her Nana. She loves telling long stories and can repeat word for word what she has heard in adult conversation. I don't do work sheets with her. She will have to sit down in school and do that soon enough.

Kassie - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter is 3 and can almost write her name. She can recognize up to letter F. We are having a little bit of trouble with number she can count but she skips number and recognizing numbers forget it. I play letter search with her I teach her a new letter and when we are out and about I ask her if she can find any A's on that sign for example and she loves it.

Natalie - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son just turned 4 and yeah, he can write his name. He's known the Alphabet since he was about 2 1/2 and he's very interested in the sounds and what things start with what letters. He asks me a million times a day about that stuff. He can write CAT CADEN (his name) MAMA DADDY ALANA (his sister) and he's surprising me everyday with new words. But at the moment he uses magnets on the fridge to write new words he sees and on the weekend we will sit down and we can try and write them together.
I bought him several pre-school learning and activity books. He can practice writing letters and numbers in there as well.

I'm jsut doing what my son seems interested in. I'm not making him do anything. He's very curious about the alphabet and i encourage that :-)

Susan - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have two three year olds and neither of them can write their names and one is in preschool. My son also wasn't able to actually write his name at age 3. He could spell it out loud, but not write it. Now he is in 4th grade and at the top of his class.

My advice is not to push your child too much!! :-) Just find day to day things to show your child shapes, colors. Like as you drive, point out red cars or blue signs. While shopping ask her to find a green box of cereal. Just little stuff like that will help.

A lot of kids learn to music so sing the alphabet song a lot throughout the day. Or make up a silly song using the letters of her name.

Kristina - posted on 02/02/2010

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My 3 year just learned to write her name a few weeks ago. I wrote her name out on paper and put it in a clear sheet protector so she can practice whenever she wants. I know she's going to need know this for pre-k in the fall. She counts to 15 and knows all of her shapes and colors too. We are working on letter recognition now. She knows her numbers by sight. The main thing is to make learning fun! Everything I do, I approach it like a game,and she is so proud when she learns something new. She knows how to put her clothes on and off too which needs to do in pre-k too. My mother-in-law is a pre-k aide so she lets me know which things will help her adjust to school easier. Once it seems like a "chore" you'll lose their attention. Also, nick Jr. is great in the A.M. Their line-up is geared to the pre-school crowd, and they learn without even realizing it!

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