Lynnette Webb January 31, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
Types of Preschools from Which to Choose When I sent my daughter to nursery school, I wanted the most nurturing environment I could find. I chose a wonderful, progressive program in downtown Manhattan. A few years later, when we were interviewing uptown for a selective girls school, the admissions director told me that when my daughter would be interviewed there, they would test her. She would be expected to draw circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. My eyes opened wide in shock and I said, "But my daughter doesnt know how to draw those!" She looked at my daughters file and said (rather snootily), "Oh yes, your daughter went to one of those downtown play schools."
I use this time to ask questions such as: "Who has the blue paint?", "who can make purple?", "what happens when you put red over the yellow bag of paint?" You can teach color recognition, directionality such as "over, under, next to, on top of". If you use these ideas with your preschool art projects you too will understand the importance of play-based preschool activities. Your kids will be engaged, discovering and learning throughout your time together. They will remember what they did and what they made happen. Play-based learning is far more effective than worksheets or simple class instruction. Learn by doing. That is my motto for preschoolers.
Play sound games A Sound Treasure Hunt will have your child gathering items around the house all starting with the same letter - and of course there has to be some treasure at the end of the game, so be prepared! I spy with my little eye is another great game if you use sounds instead of the names of letters, and it can be played anywhere. Read, read and read some more You dont need worksheets for this one either, but you may want to join the local library rather than spend a fortune on books that your child outgrows as quickly as they outgrow their clothes! The more you read to your child, with your child and in front of your child, the quicker they will learn to read, and learn how to enjoy it too. Remember that reading is not only used to read novels. Your child will have to read instructions, worksheets, text books and test papers for a long time. The better they can read, the better their comprehension will be, and the better their test scores will be too. A comprehensive set of printable preschool worksheets will cover the basic skills your child needs so they can start school with confidence.
The idea of early education can also be introduced by reading daily. Introducing a child to reading at an early age will help prepare students for Kindergarten. Begin by identifying the letters of the alphabet. Then teach your child the sounds each letter makes. Find a book that your child is interested in and read daily. This will make Reading both fun and engaging. Early Reading is essential for developing good readers. Research shows that starting your child reading early gives an advantage in school. Children who start reading before first grade maintain their "lead" in reading and comprehension. Early readers are also likelier to excel in other academic subjects. Increasing public awareness concerning the importance of preschool education for children can produce substantial educational, social, economic and educational benefits! This should be the fore-front of governmental debates to ensure quality education for all children.
Benefit-2 - Rewards in the form of stickers can be given on completion of worksheets to the young learners. These rewards have the potential to keep them motivated and boost their confidence. Benefit-3 - Worksheets give the added advantage of transforming into colouring worksheets where kids can express their creativity while playing with colours. Benefit-4 - 1 worksheet per day keeps tuitions away. Kids have a short attention span, Worksheets simplify the learning process and each preschool worksheet can be completed in about 7 - 10 minutes. Benefit-5 - Educationists create sets of worksheets as per the academic curriculum of the learners. The learning objectives are set as per the kids level of understanding. Therefore, worksheets for Class 1 will vary from nursery worksheets.
I was offended that she viewed the school I loved so much that way. But what could I do? Meanwhile, I ran into a neighbor who had sent her daughter to a fancy uptown traditional nursery school. She was applying her daughter to the same girls school. So I said to her, "Guess what! The kids are going to have to draw circles, squares, triangles and rectangles to get in." My neighbor said, "Oh, Erica can do that. They spent a whole month on a shape unit at her school." In fact, Erica had produced an entire shape book for every major shape (including diamonds!) during that unit. So, when you choose a nursery school for your child, whichever type of school you choose, remember that at the end, there is a test if you want private school or a gifted program. Even if you send your child to a regular ol public kindergarten, she will still be tested in the very early days for placement in slow, average and advanced ability groups. Some schools prepare kids for these tests and others dont. Frankly, I probably would have chosen the same progressive school I chose no matter what because we loved it. But I wish I had understood from the beginning that there would be an important test at the end and if the nursery school didnt prepare my child, I would have to.
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