Pre-School at home???

Jocelyn - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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does anyone have any good learning activites for a 3 yr old---he is beginning to sound out letters and short words---but, we need some Fun numbers/pre-math stuff. puhlease, help! :)

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Jocelyn - posted on 02/22/2010

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thanks all! i guess i should have mentioned that we now live in portugal, so workbooks here arent terribly helpful, but i will set the grandmas (who are in the US) on that shortly! leona, my son does all those household things with me, hanging laundry to dry (we dont have dryers in portual). amanda, we cook ALOT together. adding in subtraction and addition will be good there.

i want learning to be natural and fun...i dont force it. i just want to keep things in mind so as it comes up i am prepared!
again thanks one and all. muito obrigada para lisboa!!

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2010

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Work books are great! also counting food and by helping you in the kitchen you can add and take away while you prepare meals also helps with learing time and cause and effect. and as for begining reading teaching then names of lables and have him tell you the letters and then have him practice writing his favorite one down!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/20/2010

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Hi Jocely, I also have a 3 year old and she is eager to learn. I just picked up 2 pre-school workbooks at Staples and we do about 5 pages or so and then I give her a star sticker after completing and following the directions. This gives her the "feeling" of school. She loves them and it is learning while still having fun. I think some kids need this earlier than others. My daughter is ready to start reading so this seemed to be a great next step.

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Pre -school express has some good activities on-line. Also if you go to ourfamilyporch.blogspot.com, they have links to several websites with great ideas and free printables.

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hi jocelyn! sounds like you have a little eager learner at home! i'm a trained preschool teacher and can only advise you to let your little one still be a kid! he will have to learn maths and letters and all that stuff early enough! at 3 he will still be busy at learning everything else, let him join in with your house work, lots of painting and drawing, singing, baking, cleaning, hanging up washing. i also have a 3 year old. she' a great help at home although when she does the dishes, they don't get clean and she puts the kitchen under water, but she' learning heaps and loves the water. kids copy everything!!!! also there's some beautiful rhythmic rhymes with counting and clapping, also little poems and songs. (also with numbers and letters and stuff) but the main focus is on singing and having fun and not in the "whole learning" part. hope this helps and that you enjoy the time with him! cheers leona

Jamie - posted on 02/20/2010

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always look at those woork book in the stores it will get them used to lots of differnent teaching methods that he will shortly see in school i bought one just to get my daughter to learn new words bec her teachr say cat, dog and car is all she really knew how advanced is he yert are you looking at counting pics of things yet because there are some cool games in the toy dept that are mathching the number card to the correct number of a certain item? winnei the pooh preschool cd rom is great ill be glad to mail you a copy also! it allows him to count the carrots in the jar and then find the correct label! let me know hope this helps those work books are great!

Marcia - posted on 02/20/2010

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My son is only 2 but I bought him flash cards at the dollar store that helps with ABCs, numbers, colors and shapes, etc. Also, if likes numbers and letters try the LeapFrog videos. My son can say the entire alaphabet and his numbers from 1-10. I tell everyone to get him educational toys like leapfrog or fisher price. If you have any questions send me a message. I'm always available

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