Mavis Love January 31, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
Studies have shown the immediate effects of preschool education for children during their first 5 years of life. Children are like sponges; they soak in knowledge and continue to learn on a daily basis. It is essential to instill the idea of education and learning in children from a very early age, even before they start Pre- School. This helps young minds develop an interest in learning and prepares them for formal school. It is important to introduce your children to preschool skill building and intellectual learning programs that build a solid foundation that lasts a lifetime. A well designed Pre-School Educational program produces long-term improvement in school success; which includes higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade retention and higher educational attainment. Research has also shown that starting early learning increases a childs performance throughout their Elementary School years and drastically reduces high school or college dropout rate and has shown excellent adult productivity.
If you are looking for printable worksheets for your preschool child, the array of choices can be a little intimidating. You may just be looking for a few pages to keep your child occupied with something more constructive than yet another half hour in front of the TV, or you may feel its time you started helping your child learn the basic skills she or he will need for school. Whatever your motivation for looking for worksheets for preschool, there are a few points to consider before you decide which ones you want. 1. Education vs Time Filler If your goal is to provide learning opportunities for your child, you will want more than a few pictures to color in, although this is an important skill to practice. Between the ages of 3 and 7, the so-called formative years, your child is ready and willing to learn. This is a great time to start introducing the basic skills that your child will use for the rest of their lives such as counting, reading and writing. With your help and supervision, your child can do math worksheets, alphabet worksheets and much more.
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.)
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.
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.
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.