TRANSITION FROM GRANDMOTHER'S HOME TO KINDERGARTEN

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter will start kindergarten next year. I'm a little concerned because my mother-in-law takes care of my children during the day while I'm at work. She is in dance and gymnastics, so I'm not worried about her socially. I just hear about all the things children are learning in daycare and preschool these days, so I'm worried that she may feel like she's behind. We do work on somethings at home, such as learning to identify letters and numbers, writing her name, etc. She gets bored with it very easily or frustrated with herself if she can't do it the first or second try. Any suggestions or advice on what I can do to keep her interested in learning? Also, any advice on whether or not going to daycare or preschool will make a big difference academically?

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Colleen - posted on 03/16/2011

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I babysit for my two year old granddaughter and started thinking and looking for some information on how I can start preschooling before preschool for Jorden. I think if it is made to be fun, but structured at the same time. it would work out nicely. Set aside a specific time each day for school activities and learning, then TV, playing, having lunch and nap for example.

Colleen - posted on 03/16/2011

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I babysit for my two year old granddaughter and started thinking and looking for some information on how I can start preschooling before preschool for Jorden. I think if it is made to be fun, but structured at the same time. it would work out nicely. Set aside a specific time each day for school activities and learning, then TV, playing, having lunch and nap for example.

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I know here for my daughter to go to preschoo 5 days a week its $325 a month.

Betty - posted on 08/19/2009

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Just go into a home school supply store and get some work books and learning games you and your mother in law can do with her(they may also have work shops you can sign up for to teach you how to teach). I worry about my step daughter falling behind so now I do as many workbook pages as I can with her each day she is with us. Right now I have three books that are available at many grocery stores that she loves as long as I sit down with her and help her(we did like 12 pages this morning before she lost interest but we normally only get through 4 or 5). There are some great computer programs out there too. If she gets bored or frustrated than move onto something less difficult for a while. Lots of praise and reward for giving it her best will help too. Getting her into a school over the summer right before kindergarten will help if you are still concerned by then. Best of luck to you.

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2009

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Finances definitely play a large role in why are children aren't in daycare or preschool. I'll have to look into maybe doing in twice a week. Surely it couldn't cost that much for a couple of days. I never thought about that!

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I personally think getting into daycare/preschool at least 3 days a week is a good idea. They will learn curriculum just like kindergarten. My daughter jsut started preschool last week and loves it. And it is a tad different then daycare as she actually has school times its not just daycare when she plays most of the day.

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