Thelma Wood January 30, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
Put down those boring worksheets! The best way to teach your preschooler to write is to use simple preschool writing activities that make learning fun. To be ready for kindergarten, your child needs to know how to cut and paste, copy simple shapes, trace vertical and horizontal lines, trace his or her name, and hold crayons, pencils and scissors correctly. The first step to teaching the above is strengthening the small muscles in the hands and wrists that are used in handwriting. This process is often referred to as building fine motor skills. You can encourage fine motor development by having your child use art supplies like crayons, paints, markers, glue and scissors. Lacing activities, stringing beads and cheerios, playing with playdoh, scooping sand or rice, and activities like pouring and stirring are also great fine motor activities.
One of my lifes missions for all preschool teachers is to teach the importance of play in preschool. I strive to use play-based learning for all my preschool classes, especially with preschool art projects. Learning by doing is key for all ages and especially this age group! Lets start with the subject of preschool art projects; it is essential. I use art and creativity to teach textures, colors, science, math--all subjects. The mediums that are available are so varied and your preschoolers are ready to participate. They dont need to be able to read or count to start right and the learning takes place as they go along.
If education is your goal, you may want a set of worksheets designed to teach your child all of the basic skills they will need for school. 2. To Pay or Not to Pay? There are hundreds if not thousands of free printable worksheets available online. These are ideal for filling time or keeping the kids busy on a rainy day, but few of them offer a systematic set of worksheets with activities designed to teach your children a specific set of skills. If education is your aim, you may have to spend a little to get useful, comprehensive worksheets that actually help your child to learn. 3. Quality vs Quantity Some free worksheets are not good quality - the pictures are fuzzy, backgrounds print grey or speckled - and children tend to notice these things. If you are using the worksheets to educate your child, you may want to choose good quality worksheets that encourage your child to produce good quality work. After all, its a little difficult to ask your child to color within the lines and work neatly when the worksheet they are filling in hasnt done the same.
Sorting is another basic skill that is perfect for your preschooler to start learning. Of course you can sort anything you want or have, but building blocks, magnetic mazes, and stacking toys are a great way to keep the learning fun and keep the work from looking like work! There are so many different ways to sort things- color, size, shape, smell, touch (soft, rough, smooth, wet, dry, cold, hot, etc.) However, I would recommend that you only use one concept of sorting at a time for your preschooler. For example, if you are having your child pick out the blue blocks do not also ask them to pick out the blue square blocks. This is a concept meant for older children. If a young child is given a task that is too difficult or complex they are more likely to give up and not want to try again. Magnetic mazes are a great toy that gives your child a clear goal, allows them to practice visual tracking, hand-eye coordination, and of course sorting. Dont forget to allow your child to use their independence when sorting as well. For example, give them a small pile of buttons of different colors, shapes, sizes, materials, etc. and ask them to sort them. Different children will sort them differently, one child might sort them by color and another child might sort all of the plastic buttons on one pile and all of the metal in another. The important part is that they sorted correctly according to their own method and can tell you what they did.
Another one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when buying preschool workbooks, is what you want your child to learn. After a close look, you will find that they come in a number of different formats. It is possible to find workbooks that focus on a particular topic, such as numbers, as well as others that focus on a wide range of educational topics. If you are interested in working with your child to improve their alphabet, it may be a good idea to purchase workbooks that allow you to do so. Of course, it is also important to mention that a combination can be nice as well.
In keeping with preschool workbook formats, you will also find that many are themed. For instance, it is possible to find workbooks for preschoolers that have cars or farm animal themes. It is also possible to find a large selection of preschool workbooks that are character themed. For instance, many preschool workbooks contain characters such as Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh, Blue from Blues Clues, and so forth. Purchasing workbooks with themes that interest your child are more likely to spark an interest in education. It is also important to examine your buying option, when it comes to preschool workbooks. What is nice about making a workbook purchase is that you have a number of different options. Preschool workbooks can be purchased locally or online. If you are interested in shopping locally, you should examine your local dollar stores, discount stores, book stores, department stores, and childrens stores.