Marcella Serrano January 31, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
You can make math interesting and meaningful for children with fun materials, games and activities. Math for preschoolers goes beyond counting. Other math concepts include patterns, sorting and sets, number recognition, shapes, comparisons, measurements, time, money, addition and subtraction. Throughout the day children use these concepts and learn math in ways that are natural for them. Simply playing with blocks introduces them to shapes. When they remind you that the big hand is on the 12 and therefore it is time for lunch; they are telling time. Most of what preschoolers learn about math does not come from dittos and worksheets. It comes from activities.
When you feel your child is physically ready to write, have your child use a stick or finger to draw in sand, rice, pudding, shaving cream, paint or oatmeal. Make simple lines and shapes and ask your child to copy them. Next, let your child practice writing on a dry erase board, chalk board or Magnadoodle. Preschoolers also tend to have fun with special crayons and markers designed for use on windows and in the tub. Take care not to rush this process. Let your child move through these stages at his or her own pace. When your child is ready, move on to pencil and paper. Build confidence by letting your preschooler trace simple lines and shapes, then proceed to letters. You can eventually teach your child to write his name by letting him trace or copy it daily. If your child needs help remembering how to spell her name, practice with fridge magnets, letter tiles or alphabet blocks. Keep preschool writing activities relaxed and fun. Dont expect or require perfection. Learning to write is a fun process that will give your preschooler a boost in confidence and solid foundation for future studies.
Puzzles are a great way to enforce sorting as well as matching. There are a number of puzzles on the market today that promote basic math skills. I would suggest wooden puzzles with pegs for the youngest puzzlers. There is no need to create difficulties with putting the puzzle together when that is not the goal. Stick with puzzles that only have one or two math concepts such as colors and shapes. Having to match too many concepts will be confusing and too hard. If you can find puzzles with only one math concept that would be ideal, such as non-colored shapes, or colored pieces all of the same shape, or groupings of things but all of the same objects, etc.
Do not be concerned if you have never taught. Most of preschool is not formally taught but taught through example, conversation, and experiences. By providing your child with an environment rich in opportunities to explore and develop at his own speed rather than the speed of the group at preschool, he will be happier and so will you. Child develop in different areas at different speeds. Where my son was physically advanced, climbing, jumping, and running at an early age, my niece, who is seven weeks younger than my son, said her first word at 6 months and crawled at 14 months. My son could count at 2 years old to 14, my niece could write the first letter of her name by age 3. Every child is different and will progress differently. There are many great sites on the internet to help you gather materials to teach your preschooler. Try not to overwhelm them with worksheets or busy work. Try to work in many different areas of learning including music, art, math, science, field trips, and logical thinking.
Studies have shown that a childs earliest years of development are the most critical. Early Education takes place from birth to age 5. A childs brain is 75 percent developed by age 5. It has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections during this time. Brain development is Activity Dependent and children who enter school with rich experiences have strengthened the development of brain connections. "85 percent of who you are--your intellect, your personality, your social skills-- is developed by age 5. Shouldnt parents and teachers invest where it makes the most difference." (MA. Early Education For All.)
Early training is easier and faster To illustrate, if you shape clay while it is still soft, it will be easier and flexible, similarly the childs young brain is easy to mold. We can start training them while they are still inside the mothers womb. And when the child is born his brain is ready to learn. Child fast development takes place during the first year after his birth. He starts to recognize movements, sounds, shapes, colors, and even counts. So if you develop your child earlier the result will be better. kindergarten will be too late Shape your child the way you want If you want your child to be a good speaker, you must always read and speak to him. If you want him to be a musician or a simply a music lover, sing to him or let him listen to music. Hugs and touches together with words of "I love you" can make him a loving person. The more new things he will be exposed to, the more he will learn. Developing other skills require variety of different stimuli. Though your child may not necessarily be a genius but pre-schooling him means preparing his mind and equipping him with the tools he needed when he goes to school.