how to get ready for school

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son will be 4 in august and hopefully will be going to school but i can't get him to set still long enough to teach him stuff. How do i help him learn?

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Mary - posted on 05/12/2009

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my son at that age wasnt interested in learning at home, all kids learn when their ready u cant make a child sit still if they get bored and know they'd rather be doing something else, but if u make it into a game he's more likely 2 listen, but he will copy other children so dont fret, when he's started school he may still only like learning at school put doing puzzles and asking him what the picture is, is still learning, even if it isnt for long its a start, but if u bounce him on ur knees and get him 2 telll u animal noises its a start on getting him 2 focus on u and its fun, even at that age concentration maybe short but all children do it when its fun, u dont have 2 be sat still, if ur out 4 a walk stop and point stuff out and ask where r the windows on the house, or what colour is that car its as simple 2 u, but its different 4 him, he doesnt need 2 be sat up indoors where his toys will distact him it can be any where.

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2009

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I have a DD who will be 4 in July and I'm not thinking of school yet. Here (in Australia) she'll be off to 4 year old kinder/pre-school next year which will help prepare her for primary school the year after. She could be at 3 year old kinder this year if I chose to send her, but I think playgroup is enough at her age. Some kinders are play-based, which is what I'll be looking for in a pre-school, but I know that some are quite structured even for 3 year olds - ie having set tasks designed to teach the children various skills as opposed to having various play areas which the children can chose to participate in.



Basically at this age children learn best through play, so if you want to help your child find fun activities that will inadvertantly teach him the skills you want him to pick up. Read books, draw, create. My eldest learnt the alphabet through drawing pictures and I would write the names of things she drew. Read books that incorporate counting, colours, letters. Make or buy cards to play matching games, opposites, numbers... so many things you can do.

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