Choosing a Preschool / Separation
- Is Your Child Ready For Preschool?
Starting preschool is such an exciting and momentous occasion! When children are 3-years-old, they are no longer toddlers. They are “big kids” ready to start preschool. As parents, we can help our children prepare for this next big step.
- 10 signs of a great preschool
How to spot a top notch program for your child.
- How academic should a preschool be?
The best preschools blend play time and “seat work,” helping develop academic skills while allowing children to learn through play.
- A smooth start
When your child starts preschool, she may experience separation anxiety and regressive behavior. Child psychiatrist Joshua Sparrow explains what you can expect.
- How important is play in preschool?
As preschools strengthen their academic focus, play maintains a vital role.
Learning / Milestones
- Why should your child attend preschool?
In preschool, your child will learn to share, follow instructions and begin the foundation for school learning.
- Developmental milestones: Ages 3 through 5
Knowing what to expect as your child grows can reassure you that your child is on track with his peers or alert you to potential concerns.
- Write Out of the Box!
Fine motor skill development for preschool children
Fine Motor Skill Development Ideas
- One of the best and least expensive materials for strengthening fine motor skills is playdough. Here are some ideas:
- Roll pieces and form letters or shapes
- Roll pieces and snap apart with pincer grasp
- Roll pieces and cut apart with scissors or a plastic knife
- Cold or warm playdough will stimulate the nerve endings in the fingers
- More fun fine motor skill ideas:
- Create a design using a Lite-Bright
- Pick up objects with tongs gradually decreasing the size (pick up beans with tweezers)
- Tear paper stripes
- Twist small pieces of tissue paper on the end of a pencil eraser – glue the pieces into a shape outline
- Make matching games using clothespins to attach to the answer.
- Connecting cubes or unifix cubes
- Match keys to locks and lock and unlock
- Folding – washcloths or pieces of fabric before paper
- Dress a Doll – zippers, buttons, hooks
- Weave construction paper strips
- Peg boards and geo boards