Bessie Massey January 31, 2021 Preschool Worksheet
None of this is true, of course. So, first you need to bite your tongue. Secondly, get your child interested in math from an early age. Math does not have to be about columns and columns of figures, and the sooner you can introduce your child to math in a fun way the better. Mathematics worksheets can help you do this, with pages of fun exercises that will teach your child the basic principles they need. This helps you, as you dont have to write out pages of math exercises and try to make them interesting - it also helps your child. A good set of kids math worksheets will present math in an exciting way, incorporating lessons of quantity, counting and writing numbers in a way that children understand and relate to. Mathematics worksheets should use different methods to teach your child the principles of addition and subtraction to make sure they understand the concept, not just learn the answers by rote. A decent set of worksheets will use step-by-step methods to help your child progress from the first steps in number recognition and counting, to more complicated sums and word problems.
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.
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.
Drawing shapes is also the first step in learning how to draw. Almost anything can be broken down into shapes, such as a house, a cat, a book, a ball - they can all be drawn with simple shapes. This makes it easier for your child to progress from stick drawings to more detailed artworks - and if they have talent, they will use shapes to draw and paint in the future as well. Shapes are extremely important in basic and more advanced math. Most adults will immediately think of geometry, but shape patterns and spatial perception help your child to develop sequencing and logic skills that they will use later in their school career in subjects like calculus.
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.
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.
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