Have a Little One Heading to Preschool?
Yes, we’re jumping backwards, out of order, in our education series today. We’ve already shared what kids learn in Kindergarten and First Grade, but I was inspired by B-Inspired Mama sponsor Childtime to step back and share about preschool learning, too. Do you have a little one going off to preschool this school year? Here’s what they might learn while they’re there…
What Do Kids Learn in Preschool?
Numbers, Counting & Pre-Math Skills
Yep, your child will be prepping for Kindergarten in preschool. This means your preschooler will start to learn the foundations of math! That generally includes numbers from one to ten, counting up to ten or even twenty, and even that numbers and objects correspond. Some number learning activities:
Part of those pre-math skills will also include learning the basic shapes. Believe it or not, basic shapes are the foundations of later learning in geometry! Some shape learning activities:
Learning to name and identify colors will help your preschooler with their language development and creativity. Some color learning activities:
Learning the alphabet goes beyond just singing the ABC song. In preschool, kids start to learn that letters correspond with sounds and go together to make words. These are all essential pre-reading skills! Some alphabet learning & reading activities:
Imaginative & Cooperative Play
Most good preschool programs have a play-based approach. Imaginative and cooperative play is an integral part of early childhood development. Through play your preschooler will develop her sense of self, build imagination, practice problem solving, and learn social skills. Some imaginative play activities:
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are SO important in preschool. It is during these early years that kids are fine tuning their pincer grip and finger strength. In preschool, fine motor skills will often be practiced through arts and crafts and sensory play. Some fine motor skill activities:
Gross Motor Skills
Preschoolers are developing their gross motor skills and coordination at this age, too. A preschool program should include lots of active play and movement including outdoor activities and dancing. Some gross motor skill activities:
Social Skills & Independence
For many kids preschool is their first time away from mom and dad for any significant time. It’s a great time for them to build confidence and independence. They will also learn and practice valuable social skills through cooperative play with their classmates and teachers. Some social skills resources:
Looking for a Preschool?
Consider Childtime Learning Centers! At Childtime, early childhood specialists guide your child through discovery and learning in a warm and nurturing environment. They tailor learning opportunities to your child’s interests and encourage independence. It’s far more than a child care center; Childtime offers comprehensive learning opportunities at every age; starting with an Infant and Toddler Program moving through Preschool and even onto Private Kindergarten. Check the Childtime website to find a location near you and schedule a visit!
Childtime. Opening Minds. Unleashing imaginations.
Do you have any experience with preschool education? Have your kids gone through preschool already? If so, share about it in the comments below!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine.