Preschool is my favorite age. It’s when children are just starting to have real conversations and they are so excited to learn. I taught a preschool class at La Petite for three years and graduated with degree in early childhood education. Having these experiences makes me feel comfortable teaching my kids for their preschool years and preparing them for kindergarten.
Preschool is all about hands-on learning and learning through play. So whether you want to home school your children all the way to high school, or whether you just want to prepare your children for Kindergarten, here is everything your preschooler needs to know.
Math – Preschool math includes measuring, numbers, counting, shapes, and patterns. At this age children do not need to know how to write their numbers, but they can practice. Cooking is a great math learning experience as it involves an introduction to fractions, numbers, and measuring. You can also set aside some measuring cups and let your child play in rice or sand.
Science – Children of all ages love science experience so do as many as you can! Here you can find slime, float or sink, magnets, and all sorts of other fun experiments. Animals, animal habitats, bugs, food, and plants are also part of preschool science. Visiting a zoo, farm, and garden are great ways for preschool children to experience animals and plants up close and personal!
Language arts -Knowing letters and letter sounds are the basic skills preschoolers need for language arts. One thing that will enhance this skill is reading. Read a variety of books to introduce your child to letters, sounds, syntax, and speech patters. Leap frog’s “The Letter Factory” is a fun, short video for children to watch to learn letter sounds! My class loved this and caught on quickly! Magnetic letters, play-dough and shaving cream for making letters, and scrabble are other great tools to introduce preschoolers to words and letters.
History/social studies – History and social studies for pre-k includes, my body, feelings, community, neighborhood, transportation, community helpers, people around the world, and holidays. The key to social studies is for children to learn about themselves, how to get along with others, and how to interact with the world around them. Most of this is learned through socializing and playing with other kids their kids so schedule a lot of play dates! My preschool class loved to use puppets to express their feelings.
When teaching your preschooler, always remember that they learn through play! Worksheets should be seldom used, except for practice and assessment. I hope you and your child have a blast learning this year!