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At that age you have to make fun, short, sweet and to the point or you'll lose them quick. You can get a lot of math in if you do a little calendar routine in the morning. I included weather, what day if the week it was, what yesterday was and what tomorrow would be plus filling in a pocket chart monthly calendar(helps with number recognition, counting, etc.) then we had a "number of the day" write it, draw a picture, tally marks, etc. you can teach colors, letters and numbers using all sorts of games, puzzles, play dough activities, etc. I like theme teaching and thankfully my son loves it too. We did everything from apples, pumpkins, dinosaurs, to robots and space. I do a theme a week so we've done just about everything under the sun. Try to balance the sit down stuff with active activities so your child doesn't get bored or antsy. For example I would read a story(quiet) then we would do an alphabet letter hunt all over the house(or backyard) to balance it out. Include field trips when you can too. We studied the rainforest, then went to the zoo that Friday and found all the animals we could that lived in the rainforest. Right now we are learning about the beach, next week is the ocean, then we are going to the TX State aquarium. The key is really to make it fun and not work.
What age is your preschooler? I would let her have a break. She doesn't HAVE to do anything. Preschool should be about teaching a child to LOVE learning. If she is resisting. stop, back up, let her just play. You can give her toys that encourage learning.
a tub filled with rice, water, sand, coffee beans, corn kernels, or whatever you wnt to put in it. Change it out every couple of weeks to keep it fun. put different size bottles, measuring cups, shovels, spoons etc. in it. That will teach her measurment, and volume as well as be a fun sensory eperience.
have a variety of puzzles, peg boards, stacking cups, counting bears. That teaches counting, spatial relations, colors, shapes, numbers, etc.
keep lots of art supplies on hand. stickers, playdoh, markers, crayons, bingo dotters, lots of paper. That will be plenty for pre writing.
You can check out my blog and see what I did with my 2 year old today. I call him Hershey on my blog.
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