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What should i be teaching my 3 year old girl?

What should I focus on now? She is prime for learning and I know she is bored.

Is it time to start writing? Math? What?

She can do all the baby stuff. Colors shapes numbers letters.


Asked by staciandababy at 12:00 PM on Apr. 4, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Go to the Dollar Store & find some preschool activity books. They have all kinds of activities that involve simple math, money, time, etc. & some reading. If she has a Leap Pad, those are great for reading too. Helping you cook is a way to teach her about measuring & scientific reactions. (chemical change, heat reaction, etc.) Finding a way to incorporate her learning into every day life will keep it interesting. Also, putting sight words on sticky notes throughout the house will improve her reading skills. (If you can put up with the "clutter" -lol :p)


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 12:17 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Turn taking games - hi yo cherry o, chutes and ladders, memory, etc. Talk about letter sounds - what sound (s) each letter makes and see how many things you can find that start with that sound. Writing her name.

    Answer by missanc at 12:20 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • A lot of good suggestions above. I'd also start focusing on exposing her to larger concepts in life - stuff like different jobs that people have, how streets/traffic works (rules at stop lights, various signs, etc.), how the moon moves around the earth but the earth moves around the sun and both seem to come up go down each day. Talk about and play with the size of things and distances. If she likes cooking, you can start to teach her about how different ingredients come together to make a muffin (or whatever) - can expand into where the ingredients come from (ie: flour comes from wheat on farms, etc.) or how recipe books work. Just expand on whatever "how life and society works" stuff you think she might be interested in. Don't worry about how much of it might just go over her head. Like you said, they are sponges at this age and they can start to soak up tons that they will use later to build a better understanding

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 2:11 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • I would continue on the path you're on. If she knows her numbers & letters, then maybe it's time to introduce basic math & writing. Writing her name, 1+1, that type of stuff. Associating colors & shapes w/ things outside or around the house is also good too. Target has a lot of leapfrog pre-k learning books that are in the dollar section... maybe she'd do well w/ something like that....

    Answer by HappyEndings at 12:13 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • If she can recognize shapes, colors, numbers, and letters I would start her on some workbooks to refine these skills. It's also important to teach her confidence. I know sometimes we don't realize it but we put ourselves down sometimes. Saying things like, "oh I'm so stupid I forgot ..." or other put downs toward ourselves. It's important to raise a self assured well rounded girl.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:15 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Start with writing her name. Practice name, address, phone number. Get flash cards. Ones with a picture of a cat on the front & the word cat. So she learns to identify words by sight. You can get them at most Drug Stores like Walgreens. They also have the number ones like 4 & 4 ladybugs etc. You can let her look on YouTube at phonics cartoons to help her sound out the correct pronunciation of letter sounds. Have her draw a picture & make a story up with words to reflect the picture. In Preschool they learn how to socialize, share, care for one another. LISTEN attentively, they sit for circle story time. More about behavior & taking care of themselves a little without Mom or Dad. Following instructions etc.


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:22 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Also get some dry erase books where she can trace letters & numbers. I have ones made by Priddy Books.
    Like this one we have from

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:31 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • writing skills
    "sight word" recognition. These are all the 2 and 3 letter words,at,on,to,the,go,if,etc. These help with early reading skills
    Yeah,the money thing. Kids do well with math skills if they have something visual to learn from,plus she can learn about saving and spending
    This would be a good time to do art stuff too. get all the doo dads at Dollar Tree. Popsicle sticks,glitter glue,construction paper,pom poms,foam stickers

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:23 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • How is she in the self-sufficiency department? Can she dress herself, zip her own coat, button her own shirts, put on her own shoes? You could also try concepts like matching and sequencing.

    Answer by hootie826 at 2:59 PM on Apr. 4, 2013

  • Wow, you've done a great job if she knows shapes, colors, letters and numbers at three! Mine's just now getting interested in numbers and letters at five. But then, I Was more focused on giving my daughter a big variety of experience as a toddler and preschooler; I figured the school stuff would come. I tried to take her to the fai, the zoo, the water park, whatever I could figue out. If there were pony rides at a town festival, we went. If there was a fire truck parked somewhere for kids to check out, we were there. I started teaching her how to crack eggs and stir recipes, play with playdough, do arts and crafts with everyday items such as birdseed, dried flowers, stickers, buttons, etc. Everybody's approach is a littledifferent. Good luck!

    Answer by Ballad at 2:52 PM on Apr. 4, 2013