Preschools

The Right Preschool Materials Lay Groundwork For Future Success!

June 19th, 2017

Most parents do not realize that the right preschool materials can lay the groundwork for success in your child’s future school performance. Many parents believe that preschool is simply a time of finger painting, fun and naps, but they fail to recognize that many off the skills which can make or break the learning potential are actually developed by the right preschool activities.

Preschool Materials are More Than Just Fun

It is true that having fun is an essential part of good preschool activities, the best preschool materials go far beyond the fun aspect and begin to lay the groundwork for skills that the child will use in the future. As a behavioural optometrist, I see preschool and prep as essential launch pads for a child’s visual development, enabling them to develop visual skills which will serve them long into their academic career.

So while many parents just see games and fun for the preschoolers, I believe that preschool materials which develop these essential visual skills are incredibly powerful in laying the groundwork for future success. That being said, if these exercises which develop visual skills are not fun, compliance is poor and most young children will quickly tire of the therapies. So fun and games are important, but they are even more important if they are coupled with the right preschool materials which develop the right visual skills in our children.

What Can Preschool Materials Develop?

The right preschool games and exercises can begin to develop important visual skills, even in young children. I have successfully used vision therapy to develop skills such as convergence, focus, I am movements and tracking, visualization and visual memory, laterality the reversals, coding and sequencing, as well as gross and fine motor control.

There is no question that the right vision therapy can develop these essential skills in preschoolers, thereby setting them up for long-term success in school by giving them the edge they need early on. The trick is to produce these therapies in the form of games and fun tasks so that preschoolers will do the necessary exercises, and enjoy the overall experience.

Preschool Materials That Really Work

That is why, as a behavioral optometrist, I have spent many hours researching and developing fun yet powerful vision therapy exercises, designed to capture the attention and enthusiasm of young children as well as developing the visual skills that they need to face their academic career. Using simple techniques, cunningly applied in fun games and activities, we can provide preschool therapies that really work for developing the visual system. Preschool materials need to be fun, but they need also to be so much more than that! Simply having fun in preschool prep is not enough in the 21st century, so in addition to the fun we also need to provide an environment whereby the visual skills necessary for future academic achievement are developed.

So when you are considering what to do with your child, and how to help them set up a platform so that they will not struggle but rather excel at school, you need to consider preschool materials that combine fun and interesting tasks with the right kind of visual development.

How to Choose the Best Preschool Curriculum for Your Child

June 11th, 2017

So many mommies seek to find the most efficient preschool curriculum for teaching their precious preschooler.

I admit I was one of them. When my little girl was three years old, I began my quest. I wanted to be the best mommy ever, giving her a head start in academics. Especially reading!

A dear friend of mine, settled my anxious heart by simply saying, “take it easy, at her age there’s no need to buy expensive curriculum, just go to a superstore and pick out a $7.99 preschool skill builder workbook, find free preschool activities online and make it fun!”

I took my friend’s advice, bought a few books, found some preschool websites and had lots-n-lots of fun building wonderful memories in which I want to share with you.

Our preschool schedule was easy and flexible. I used the skill builder activity book three days a week. In addition to that, we did lots of reading, singing, fun puzzles, educational videos, and explored several online websites together. I used it all as preschool curriculum. But really it was just time spent playing with her, guided by an educational purpose.

I planned two or three activities a day. The time that I spent in teaching was no more than 10 to 20 minute intervals. Just enough to keep her attention on the subject at hand, and then we moved on to “non-playing” tasks.

However, during our “non-playing” tasks, learning was taking place too. After all there was homemaking skills to acquire. (grin) When Jamie and I went to the grocery store I made it a learning experience for example: “Jamie, please count how many milk cartons we have in our buggy. You are right! 1-2-3-4-5 ” – “What sound do you hear in the word egg?” eh, eh, eh,ggg? – “Will you get 5 round oranges for me and place them in this clear bag?”

When we did laundry, I had her sort the clothes by color. When she took a bath, we would play name that sound with a set of foam alphabet letters and so forth.

One thing I want to emphasize though, descriptive language is very important in teaching your preschooler. Talk to your child in such a way you would an adult using the proper names and descriptions for objects and experiences. Children have a natural affinity for learning. If you present them with intelligible words, their vocabulary and speech will grow abundantly. You can give your child a heads up in English class by simply starting now at the preschool age!

I learned very quickly in the early years of parenting, that a preschool child learns best in a relaxed atmosphere. When mommy smiles, speaks with a pleasant voice, and spends time playing with her child there is a special kind of bonding that takes place… the bond of love. So, let me gently remind you when irritation arises within, give yourself an attitude check and refocus your thoughts and lower your tone of voice. Your child will not only learn early academics from you but also godly character. (big smiles)

To sum it up… let me pass on the advice of which my friend gave me, take it easy during the preschool age. Buy some skill builder books, bookmark a few websites and make the learning atmosphere relaxed and fun!

Your preschooler will love being read to, seeing things, making things, creating things, talking about everything, asking questions and playing outdoors. Remember… enjoy this bonding time with them for it truly a blessing!

Listed below are a few items I’ve used with my first born. Please don’t spend too much money on preschool curriculum you can get creative and find good resources for very little money online or at your local superstore. Don’t forget to use the library too; their books are free but only for a little while!

Suggestive Preschool Resources to Used

Preschool Skill Builder/Activity Books

Preschool Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills – From School Specialty Children’s Publishing. We used this workbook a lot. The pictures are rich in color, and perforated. Subjects include reading, mathematics, language arts, and writing. ISBN 1-56189-374-9

My Heavenly Helper Preschool Skill Builder and Activity Guide – McGraw Hill Children’s Publisher offers a skill builder activity book that I found very helpful in teaching Bible lessons to my preschooler. This particular workbook focuses on concepts such as the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, sequencing, same and difference. Pages are perforated black and white. ISBN 0-7696-2907-5

A Must Have Preschool Educational Video

Letter Factory Video by Leap Frog – This particular pre-reading video is a must have for preschoolers. I recently noticed our local library with a copy. But I suggest you buy a copy for your family library. Your preschooler will learn letters, phonics and listening skills in no time. Creative production to say the least. ISBN 0-7907-8894-2

Free Preschool Curriculum Found Online

Starfall.com – An “absolutely” free website that teaches children to read. Perfect for preschooler too. You can put your preschooler in your lap and click through the alphabet shows. Be sure to let them click your mouse, they’ll love discovering they can interact with the show! FREE printables too.

LetteroftheWeek.com – Letter of the Week was written and compiled by Katrina Lybbert. She created this site from her experiences teaching her 4 children at home. She offers free preschool curriculum. If you have children younger than preschool, you’ll find her website very useful too.

How You Can Save Money With Preschool Worksheets

June 4th, 2017

Are you the parent of a toddler? If you are, you may be looking to prepare your child for preschool from home. If you are, you will soon find that there are a number of different approaches that you can take. For instance, you can prepare your child for social interaction by setting up play dates with other children, you can have arts and crafts sessions, and so much more. Preschool places a relatively large focus on education; therefore, you may want to do the same. This is easy with preschool worksheets.

When it comes to using preschool worksheets, you will find that you have a number of different options. For instance, you can purchase preschool workbooks for your child. Preschool workbooks are nice, as they are a relatively large collection of individual preschool worksheets. You also have the option of using printable preschool worksheets. These printable preschool worksheets can be ones that you find available online or ones that you make on your computer yourself.

Although preschool workbooks are popular, many parents like the convenience that is associated with printable preschool worksheets. The only problem with printable preschool worksheets is that they can use up a lot ink, especially if the selected preschool worksheets are in colored ink. To save yourself money and printer ink, you may want to search for preschool worksheets that are in black and white.

If you are unable to find black and white preschool worksheets that you like, you can still go for the colored ones; however, you may want to consider adjusting your printer settings. Instead of having them print off in colored ink, you may want to adjust your settings to gray scale. This will save you a considerable amount of money and printer ink, especially in the long run. Doing this can also create an additional activity for your child, as you can have them color all the pictures themselves.

Another one of the many ways that you can go about saving money with preschool worksheets is by using photo protectors. These are pages that you can slip photographs into to protect them. It is possible to find photo protectors that are designed for full pages, like preschool worksheets. You can simply slip each preschool worksheet into a page protector and give your child a dry erase marker. Each time that they are finished, you can wipe off the marker and the worksheet is good to go, again and again!

The above mentioned methods are just a few of the many ways that you can go about saving money with preschool worksheets for your child. Of course, these steps are optional, but they can help you save money, as well as prolong the life of your child’s preschool worksheets.