Preschool And Home School Preparation For School

How to preapare your child at home for preschool or home school. This is an article giving some ideas on how to introduce basic and essential educational concepts such as reading math and science.

Education is an essential necessity. With the growing age of computer technology and increase in scientific studies, it is even more important that our children learn as much as possible. But to throw them into the learning process before they are ready can be devastating to them. So, what is the best way? Start early with simple, fun activities that teach them the basics in math, spelling and reading comprehension.

If the learning is fun, the child catches on and will put forth more effort to hold onto the material and even use it. It is quite simple to make it enjoyable. Children love games and they love doing what mommy and/or daddy does. They follow by example.

Here are some easy ideas to try with your toddler to teach them the alphabet, numbers, counting and even addition and subtraction and reading! You can try all of these or just a couple. Take it slow, and allow your child to show you what he/she is capable of learning. Since all children are different, it is important to be cautious of their abilities. If they are having difficulty then the fun will no longer be there and therefore the child will stop trying and this can cause conflicts between parent and child. The idea of this process is to teach in a stress-free atmosphere, to better aide the child, preparing him/her for school, where the pressure will be.

Alphabet:

Everyone knows the Alphabet song. This is a wonderful song to just sing, any time of day, no matter where you are. The car is a great place for this game. You can start this came from infancy, even though they don't show it, babies listen and they retain what they hear. Singing the ABCs gives the child the fun of song singing and the education of learning the alphabet.

TV is a useful tool if used in moderation and with the right programs. Sesame Street is a fabulous program and even children as young as one year will enjoy this. Children love music and singing; it draws their attention along with the voices of other children. Public Television offers many wonderful programs that are educational and fun to watch.

The Spelling Game. Not too many people would believe that a toddler would or could learn to spell, but you'd be surprised. Teaching a child to spell his favorite toy or animal is a great way to start spelling and reading. Say your child loves cars. He plays with one specific car almost all day long. At any moment, and frequently during the day, say something to him about his car. Maybe "That's a very blue car. Know how to spell car? C-A-R." Don't expect them to say anything right away. It usually takes several times of this before they start saying "How do you spell car again?" Always spell it, even if you are in the middle of something, just take a pause and spell it! Pretty soon, he will be repeating it all around the house. Then gradually add more words. Simple words and every day words, especially those that the child can see on a daily basis. Toy, car, train, book, cup, milk all of these. Pretty soon it becomes a game. First the child will ask you how to spell it, and then they will try. Repetition is the greatest key to learning.



Counting. Learning numbers seems easier than letters. This can be introduced to a child at a very early age much the same as with the alphabet. Sing the numbers in order in a little tune. It doesn't have to be a complicated song, just the numbers. The sound of the voice draws the attention. Fingers and toes are great items to count! This not only teaches, but it strengthens the physical bond between child and parent. Children love playing with fingers and toes. Count her toes, count your fingers. Back and forth. Touch is a wonderful tool to get your child to really hear you.

Another great game, which is usually the favorite, is the Treat Game. All children love treats, M&Ms, Skittles, Hershey Kisses, any small candy or even raisins are great for this game. Instead of just pouring out a handful of treats on the table for your toddler to eat, count them out. When they are old enough, have them count them out. Do this by saying, "You can have five M&Ms, but you have to count them." Of course, they will need help in the beginning. Gradually, increase it to ten, fifteen and so on. Though you really don't want to give them too many sweets! Children respond well to this because they get to eat their progress. It is fun, tasty and educational!

Ever think that your preschooler can learn math? Seems a bit advanced, but it doesn't hurt to try it and see if your child is able to understand this. Teaching actual addition is much the same as the game for counting. Using treats, toys or any other attractive item, play Add On. Give the child one of the items; always interact with touch, voice and praise. Start the game with "You have one treat. If I add one more, how many do you have?" The child can see for himself what the answer is, they just count it. When they answer always make a big deal. Pat them on the back, hug them, kiss them, tell them how well they did. This will keep the child going. A child loves attention and the feeling of importance and worth. After the concept of math is there, start with simple flash cards. Again, this depends on how willing and capable the child is. Don't push if your child can't do it, or even won't. Putting tension in place of excitement will defeat the whole purpose and you'll get nowhere.

Science. Sometimes science is often overlooked. It sounds like intense education, but it actually starts out simple and fascinating to children. Animals are the number one key to starting science. On PBS (public television) there is a program called Zoboomafoo. It is an excellent program teaching about all sorts of animals, their habitats, what they eat. They always have live animals on the show. Turning on Animal Planet, if you have cable, is another great way to start the process of science. All the programs on this channel are rated G or at highest PG. Much like music, animals seem to be a favorite for children. They are cute, furry and make all sorts of cool sounds! Here, repetition is the key. Continuous exposure to programs like Zoboomafoo offers the child an everlasting impression. Soon the child will be quoting the programs and boggling your mind with how much they know!

All of these ideas are not foolproof. It really depends on your child's interest and willingness to learn. Along with their ability to comprehend. By reading as much as possible, and not just stories, read signs, labels, anything at all, brings the child into the world of literature. Counting at all opportunities, quoting math, even as if to yourself, awakens the child's awareness to math. Allowing the child to watch appropriate programs on animals and plants creates the interest in science.

Learning can be a wonderful experience, and when the parent is involved, it can be a fun, precious moment for both of you. Even the parent may learn a thing or two. What is important is that criticism is never made to give the impression that the child failed. Any attempt at all is a good one and that needs to be recognized. If the child becomes stubborn (there will be plenty of those days) then just drop the learning games for a while, but always try again. Even if the child doesn't outwardly participate, sing the ABCs, count, quote math problems. They are listening more than you know and pretty soon, they will be repeating it right back to you!

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