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Preschool

What does your child learn in preschool? What do they need to know to go to kindergarten? I chose for Alex to go to preschool only 1 yr instead of 2 as I feel he learns quickly, and knows a lot of things that I thought preschool would teach him. Alphabet, counting, shapes, colors, name. His daycare teaches him these things and is set up in a classroom setting where they have a set time during the day where they work with them on those things so I didnt feel he probably needed the 2 yrs...he is also working 1 on 1 with the preschool teacher on reading once a week thru summer, and Im trying to teach him as well (he loses interest quickly tho)

went shopping the other day and ran across work books and the preschool one had them inputing the missing letter from words-pig, for example was missing the i. I certainly dont remember this when I was young...now im intimidated

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jocelyn started preschool right when she turned 2. though she is in an inhome daycare so she doesn't get the structure and learning that a daycare center offers.(which is why i chose to start her in preschool when i did) I work with her at home. She's learning her alphabet, knows her colors very well, counts to 20 (gets fuzzy after 15), can identify numbers 1-10, shapes, has a crazy vocabulary.
as far as filling in the missing letter J is not on that at all. J started in the 2yr class feb of last year thru may, and was in the 2yr again sept-this may. she enters the 3yr class this coming sept so i'm guessing they may start a bit on reading. but they can't pick the missing letter until they know all the alphabet. i wouldn't feel intmidated, sounds like your man in doing excellent. and with the daycare that it sounds like he has 1yr of pre should be fine, not sure what they have to know for K, but your preschool should know that. j's preschool has a test they give to the 4s/prek class to see if they are ready for K

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I think preschool is more about the social - learning to sit still and listen, setting routines for the day etc. it's just a step up from daycare where they still just play for a lot of the day but it sounds like he's in a preschool programme anyway so it's the same thing at this age. They teach them things like colours and shapes, writing their name etc. but that's really just a bonus. It might be different where you are but here, we have those sorts of books for "preschool" but in Maddi's kindergarten class there are kids who would still struggle with it (lots of them) and they started "big school" in February.

We have a bunch of those sorts of books because Maddi enjoyed them, Rhys has no interest whatsoever so we haven't bothered getting them out of the cupboard but he's still picking things up. I'm a firm believer in instilling a love of learning so we don't push it if he's not interested, I don't want to make it a chore, but still he sings the alphabet song (which, personally, I see no point in but he hears Maddi), knows colours now (finally got them straight lol), shapes, counts to ten with 1 to 1 correspondence and beyond with guidance, we play games like I spy a lot so he's getting pretty good at initial sounds but a lot of that's from being here around Maddi and I rather than preschool. Maddi is well ahead of her peers and was reading well before she went to school so she reads books to Rhys all the time and that makes him want to read too. I've been covering books in plastic for the school library and he's been "reading" all the lower levelled readers, the really repetitive ones with a short sentence or two per page. It's pre-reading skill really, pointing and recognising that the story is in the words and getting the structure of written language, tone etc. He obviously looks closely at the words though because he was "reading" a book to Sam the other day and read "running" when the word actually said "reading" so obviously he is seeing the initial sound. I am not the least bit concerned about him being behind but we don't do any formal "teaching" with him. He does go to preschool 2 days a week since otherwise he is just home with me and I think he needs to be with other kids his age now. He's not starting school until 2013 so he doesn't do the school readiness stuff he just paints and makes things and they read and sing songs etc. it's more for fun and learning is a bonus.

That was a bit of a ramble lol sorry, but it sounds like Alex is doing great and if you're happy where he is keep him there until you feel he's ready for more formal preschool and don't let the books intimidate you, the only reason we own any is that Maddi was so interested in doing that sort of thing. There's no point in pushing it, he'll do it when he's ready just like everything else.

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I'd be curious to know this too. I'm planning on getting some preschool books and starting some stuff with M at home in the fall. If he ever actually goes to preschool it won't be until next year, and maybe not until the second semester.

So far, all of what he knows is just from his interest and my guidance. He will ask me to "build" a word for him or we will work on spelling his name. He can identify words that he knows like "Publix" and "Bi-Lo" haha. We do some sounding out words for him sometimes but again, nothing that I sit down and teach him yet. Oh and today he was counting the blocks as he put them back in the box and I heard him counting in the 20s... then a bit later I heard him in the 60s! I think he skipped some though. Wink

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Jacob goes to preschool in September, so I'll keep you posted. So far, through home learning he knows most of his letters, and he can spell his name and recognize his name in print (he can't write it himself though) He can count to 30 (I bet if we put in some effort he could count higher) He can count to 5 in Spanish...Thanks Dora!

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Glad to hear the responses-he does sound like hes on track-I dont see the point in the ABC song either as its just memorization and hes still learning to distinguish between the letter and recongize them. He can count to 10, then gets a little stuck after that. He cant write yet. He is very good at knowing his shapes and pointing them out when asked. Hes very good at matching and I spy things-We did do the book and colored the things "Blue" and tried to trace that word but had no interest in that, but loved the matching the items to each other-not straight lines but still drew a line to it. I think our kiddos will be fine!

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Noah is going to preschool in September and from our orientation it is more of structure and following rules. The main reason we are doing it is because Noah is still behind in his speech and we are hoping that preschool will help with this.