Wanda Booker January 31, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
Children enjoy using pencils, charcoal, pastels and chalk. Using these encourages them to vary the intensity or depth of colors. Markers have a place but they are not my first choice. Two of my favorites are charcoal on white card stock paper (so that it can withstand the intensity of the interaction and not tear) and finger paint. Worthy of note here is use of paint smocks for either activity. If your preschooler has to stop and worry about getting dirty or messy, it interferes with the discovery process. Charcoal and Pastel Drawings Lets start with charcoal. Set your kids up with large sheets of white cardstock. I have even bought poster board and cut it in sections so that everyone has canvas to work on. Give your kids charcoal pieces and encourage them to draw whatever they want. Show them that they can use their fingers and hands to smudge the designs, thus creating different effects. They can even put a handprint on it. Ask them to discover what happens when they use different pressure or use an entire side of the charcoal rather than the tip.
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.
One activity that is a wonderful math lesson for preschoolers is called "A New Kind of Basket Ball". For this activity, line up five baskets or bins in front of the children and label them with the numbers one through five. These number labels should not only have the written number digit, it should also have dots that represent the corresponding number. Place fifteen balls in front of the children as well. Ask them to put the right amount of balls into each basket; one ball should be in the basket with the number one on it and so on. This activity teaches math appropriately to preschoolers. Children not only need to experience math with concrete objects but also visually and symbolically through abstract activities. The concrete objects in this activity are the balls. The balls represent materials that the children can see and touch and use to visualize and verbalize their thoughts. The number labels on the baskets represent visualization. The children should be given illustrations or pictures that represent the concept you are teaching them. The dot on the number one card, two dots on the number two card, and so on, illustrates each number for the children. The dots also represent the symbol of the numbers they are working with.
Many parents debate whether or not they should send their child to preschool, especially the year before kindergarten. Questions come to mind- Will my child know what to do when they get to kindergarten? Will they have the skills they need? Will they be behind? The fear of having a child not understand or be below the level of the other children lead some parents to decide a formal preschool is the best option. Other parents will tell you the child needs to learn discipline needs to learn to sit, needs to learn to play in groups. All of these things can be accomplished by teaching your child at home. Whether home schooling is part of your future or not, you can keep you child home for preschool and accomplish the same things a formal preschool will in less time, with more control over the influences your child is exposed to, and with more control of the curriculum that is being taught. Teaching your preschooler at home will save you money, will save you time, and will increase the bond you have with your child. If you are sending them to kindergarten, this will be the last year they are home with you. Cherish the time and know you can do it on your own with help and guidance along the way.
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.
Letter Recognition As your child learns sounds, they will also learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet. A great way to teach this is with a printable worksheet that shows the letter, a picture, and the name of the letter - like Annie Apple! Using pictures While your child is still learning to recognize the letters of the alphabet, you can use pictures (or the actual item) to help them practise their sounds. Find pictures of a bird, a ball, a bat, a bath, a book, and so forth to practice the letter b. Choose a letter for the day and encourage your child to find items that start with that letter around the house. Printable worksheets should have nice exercises for this as well.