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Starting Preschool

My son who turned 4 in April of this year will be starting preschool in the Fall what are some things I can do to prepare him to go, besides the basic of reading, drawing, etc.


Asked by Christmaslver68 at 6:42 AM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • You may want to talk to the preschool director or a school administrator.

    Phone number, address and counting to 100 are goals in our (very good for our state) Kindergarten class. It's good info to know, but I'd hate for you to stress and he has 2 more years to learn that.

    Our preschoolers learn to recognise letters, colours, letter sounds, shapes. Umm... what they do on Sesame Street. They learn to paint, cut, paste. They start to learn to write their names, although there are many people who think they shouldn't so early. They learn how to sit in a circle and listen (not for long), how to leave their parents for a few hours, how to eat a healthy lunch, how to swing and play in the sand. They learn this all through play.

    Mostly, they learn how to interact with friends. If your child can play with friends, knows at least some colors and letters, you're probably good! But ask for your county. Then you can pace the learning.

    Answer by Tracys2 at 7:00 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • ABC's counting up to 100 drawing a circle square triangle cutting a piece of paper in strips with guidelines spelling of his name and how to write it out he should also know your phone number and address should know his primary colors and I am sure there is lots I am forgetting but this should give you a good start

    Answer by dan4heather at 6:46 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I would just do things to make him eager to go. Talk to him about what he will do and give him things to look forward to.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 6:44 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Well it's preschool which means the goal is to learn "the basics." I wouldn't worry about prepping with him any academic groundwork beyond what you'd normally do in the course of a fun day together. Basic self-care skills are a must- getting his coat on and off, independent bathroom use, blowing nose, sneezing /coughing into crook of his arm, ect but it sounds like you've got that covered.

    Preparation should focus on getting him used to a regular school day routine. in other words, if he has to be up and out the door by 8:30 to get to school, start that about a month before he actually goes at least so it's old hat by the time he *has* to be doing it. If you can, get an idea of what a typical 'day' looks like in preschool. Play school with him and model the routine after that day - circle time, story time, etc. Go to library story time programs and connect it to what awaits in the fall.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 12:56 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • oh he is eager and really wants to go but I don't want that eagerness to fade over the Summer

    Comment by Christmaslver68 (original poster) at 6:46 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Teach him about forming a line, first-middle-last, blow his nose and other hygiene things.

    Answer by CometGirl at 9:40 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • he already knows how to do those things CometGirl he has known how to do these since he was 2 and a half

    Comment by Christmaslver68 (original poster) at 9:59 AM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • you could drive him to to the school and show him where he is going to go for part of the day, call the teacher and find out if he can have a tour of the school. teach him his basics of what he should know before he starts school. Have him meet the teacher and call other people to find out if their child will be going to the same school so he can meet other children he will be going to school with.

    Answer by at 11:10 AM on Jun. 20, 2011