What should you do to get your kid ready for preschool? What should they know?

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Jackie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting mary:

i practice colors, abc's with a puzzle we have, counting to 20, u can buy flash cards at like any department store that helps alot with both. shapes, which one is bigger and which is smaller. my town school department actually tested my daughter before i enrolled her on all of this stuff. she did pretty good!!!


i have three kids and i did about the same as mary and my kids did great. wonderful advise

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Quoting Jenni:

honestly, all the really need to know is how to share, manners, respect and follow simple instructions. I know one thing they did with my son last year was when they arrive in the morning they had to sign there name, hang their things up and was their hands. I mean its good to work with them on everything but dont sweat it....good luck!!!!!!!!



I agree.  And these are things you would be teaching at home anway.

Kelly - posted on 08/24/2009

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I also used to teach pre-school. All the skills mentioned (abc's, numbers, cutting with scissors, gluing, etc.) will be things the child works on in class. It really isn't necessary to teach them all these things first. I think I would focus more on patience, sharing, taking turns, getting used to a schedule (in other words, don't eat lunch when the child is hungry, eat at the same time every day, and get the child used to waiting for it), and being kind to others. Those are skills that will be useful from day one, and much appreciated by the teacher! That is just my opinion LOL. I do work on all those "academic" skills with mine, but that is because they don't go to pre-school, they are home with me until kindergarten.

Andromeda - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting mary:

i practice colors, abc's with a puzzle we have, counting to 20, u can buy flash cards at like any department store that helps alot with both. shapes, which one is bigger and which is smaller. my town school department actually tested my daughter before i enrolled her on all of this stuff. she did pretty good!!!



I use to be a preschool teacher and I agree with Mary, all these things she has listed is very good for your child to know upon entering school. Also, it's good to teach your child how to recognize their name. You might also want to practice with your child how to pour liquids.Practice with a small pitcher and have them pour slow into a drinking cup. You can also practice how to spoon foods from a bowl onto a plate. In my school we had our children pour their own drinks and serve their own food when it was needed. Ex: you can put the macaroni and cheese into a big serving bowl,put a spoon in it, and help her control her hand to spoon the foon onto her own plate. This helps the children be independent which helps alot in preschool. Another good tip is to practice with your child how to use a glue stick, color with markers, and *depending on the maturity of your child* cutting with child scissors.Now granted, your child will be fine if she does not know even HALF of these things, but the more the better and the better equipped she will be when she starts school.Good luck!

Jenni - posted on 08/23/2009

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honestly, all the really need to know is how to share, manners, respect and follow simple instructions. I know one thing they did with my son last year was when they arrive in the morning they had to sign there name, hang their things up and was their hands. I mean its good to work with them on everything but dont sweat it....good luck!!!!!!!!

Mary - posted on 08/23/2009

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i practice colors, abc's with a puzzle we have, counting to 20, u can buy flash cards at like any department store that helps alot with both. shapes, which one is bigger and which is smaller. my town school department actually tested my daughter before i enrolled her on all of this stuff. she did pretty good!!!

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