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Does anyone know of a good at home way to get your 4 year old ready for school? I am not wanting to homeschool, just have a daily short type of teaching routine to stimulate her mind! She will go to pre-k in the fall, but she is so bored. I feel bad that she is not learning more things at home.

any at home preparations for preschool?

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Asked by hw1977 at 2:46 PM on Jan. 6, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • oh boy, i've found the right question for me!! LOL

    what she needs to be ready for is: cutting w/ scissors, holding a pencil and tracing lines, sorting items by size, color, shape...and of course know her colors, shapes.....and you can introduce her to letters and numbers. of course when she starts pre-k she'll do the major learning, but while she's home you can do small things with her

    theres these things called "file folder games" and you can search online to see what i mean....well they're just little games to help reinforce letters, numbers, colors, if your daughter doesn't know her letters/numbers yet you can find some that are for matching colors or patterns or something like that....
    will continue below...

    Answer by Elizabeth1015 at 2:53 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • My experience comes from Montessori. I'm not a teacher, just a parent. They had the kids start on Lower Case letters but on the phonics, not the actual name of the letter. Once they learn the letters, then it's 3 letter words.

    Memorizing sight words which you can't phoenetically pronounce: for, the, one, too, two, and, to,in, on, up, are

    They do activities like taking a needle (or I forget the tool they use, a poker) and poke at an outline of a picture, like a house. It would be on a foam board. This gets them used to holding the utensil for writing.

    Tracing their name, which is one of the first things they learn to write.

    Using color pencils to color, enforcing staying in the lines.

    Answer by lynnard at 2:55 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • you can also look online at and find some handwriting practice i wouldn't force her to do these, but you can always print a few and let her practice in her own time

    i think your best bet would be to make a few file foler games...that should occupy her time for a few minutes and get her brain going

    of course you can always do art with her a matter of fact i homeschool some preschoolers and today i gave them a giant piece of paper with the letter A written on it and all they had to do was take their paint brush and trace the letter A in paint.....that at least gives them a chance to see the letter A and learn how they move their pencil to make the letter A

    Answer by Elizabeth1015 at 2:56 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • there's actually a site where you can go to print off a handwriting page of your childs name for them to trace and i'll try to find it for you

    you can try everyday to do a different activity.....cutting practice, lacing practice (look up lacing cards online - you can even make them yourself) ... oh and playdo actually gets their fingers strong enough to hold a pencil and make lines, so thats good too

    oh, and a favorite....put a big goop of white shaving cream on the table and let them rub it around, then have them practice making shapes or letters....its super easy to clean up too!

    Answer by Elizabeth1015 at 2:59 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • found that name tracing site for you!
    just scroll down till you see "name tracing printables" i hope your child's name is on there!

    Answer by Elizabeth1015 at 3:08 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • I sing songs and rhymes. The ABC song, 5 Little Monkeys, "The ants go marching one by one, hurah hurah".... those type of songs and rhymes. Believe it or not, those songs are educational. Also, do simple puzzles with your child and tell her the shapes. After a few times of telling her, start asking her what the shapes are. The key to teaching is repetition. Don't forget to make it fun!

    Answer by brandyj at 5:13 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • "If you want your child to be brilliant, tell him stories.... If you want him to be even more brilliant, tell him MORE stories" (Einstein) ... "Happy hearts and happy faces, Happy play in grassy places, That was how in ancient ages Children grew to kings and sages."... In addition to the wonderful tips Elizabeth describes, read together lots. NOT at all having the child read, just sitting together on the couch so she can see the pictures while you read - nursery rhymes, Dr.Seuss, children's poems & stories. Hearing words, words, words out of books is a big help. Book language is very different from conversation, so this'll introduce her to it plus develop her skill for clear thinking. Read after lunch, just before bed, and maybe before supper ! Enjoy !! Oh, and having no TV in the home is a HUGE boost. We parents can go a couple of years without our TV fix for the sake of children's mental development.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:19 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • you can get or make letter, number, color, shape, sight word flash cards. you can play memory games. practice rhyming with things you see or things you're using (like while shopping or cooking or driving). Connect the dots, tracing, cutting, tearing strips of paper. read read read, picture books, kids' chapter books (we like Roald Dahl who wrote the BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...) then ask questions about what you just read. There are tons of things you can do! Have fun :]

    Answer by bltcahill at 9:17 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

  • All of the above posts have many good ideas. Four year olds learn best through play so don't spend a lot of time on paper and pencil activities yet. Let her spend time with other children her age to learn important social and language skills. Make learning fun with games, cooking and measuring, making playdough to improve fine motor skills, learning about different kinds of trees, birds, flowers, etc. Plant a small garden, study butterflies at the library, build with blocks, string buttons, run and climb and so on. The main idea is to establish a love for learning and to make learning fun and incidental. Hands-on activities are best at this age. Good luck!

    Answer by Lisahi at 11:18 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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