My three year old son has some diffulties at pre shool.He is too playful and can't count till ten I'm worried. I would like some tips regarding this matter.


JuLeah - posted on 11/06/2011




It doesn't matter if he can count to ten. Count with him throughout the day, as you are putting the forks on the table, as you are taking a walk and passing houses, count trees, the number of cats you see .... he will get it

too playful: Well, he is three ... you can help by having him practice at home sitting still for a time - start with 30 seconds and work your way up - self control is hard to learn but very important

So, maybe before dinner, you all sit still and silent for 30 seconds. When he gets that, make it a minute ....

He teachers, if they are at all good at their job, can deal with his playfullness at school - they ought to have a plan and a system for keeping kids safe while letting them laugh and run ....

If they can't handle a playfull three yr old, find a new school - they are failing

Louise - posted on 11/06/2011




Children learn through repetition and play so count everything all the time. Ten soldiers, ten sweets, ten steps on the stairs. Sing counting songs, 10 green bottles, 5 little speckled frogs, 10 fat sausages, that sort of thing. At tidy up time see how fast he can pick up 10 items off the floor. Just use maths in every thing you do. As for calming down and settling this is something that you can work on at home by structuring his day. Have quiet times in the day where you read a book together or sit and watch a short tv programme. If you have structure to his day at home as times he can be noisy and run around and times he is expected to be quiet he will understand what is expected of him at pre school.


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Bonnie - posted on 11/06/2011




Well, he is only 3. He has time to master these things still. My older son who is now 5, started school nearly 2 months before he turned 4. He went in knowing how to count to 20 and knew his alphabet and could recognize each letter. They still teach numbers 1-10 and the alphabet in junior kindergarten/pre k. He needs to learn at his own pace. If it's the preschool that is complaining about him, find a different school. He sounds like a normal 3 year old to me.

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