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We have decieded to keep our 5 year old son in preschool for one more year and then start kindergarden when he is 6. We are doing this because we feel he is just not ready at all!
I think alot of it is his prechool its the only one around and they basically play.. not learn .
So im taking it upon myself to really get him ready for next year. Does anyone have any ideas or links to sites that is good for a 5 year old boy.
Im going to work on the ABC, counting, his name and anything else he should know before he starts school??
Im kinda looking for fun projects to learn not just basic papers that you print out. I went out and bought a bunch of glue/sissors/construction paper/markers/ paints and all kinds of crafts and thought I would make learning fun.. noyt boring.
Hi! Welcome to our board!
I think that crayola.com has some great projects and craft ideas. And Jo has put some great links up in our Project Ideas subforum.
As for what to teach him, I think you're on the right track! This may sound weird, but I'd make sure that you cover uppercase and lower case letters. I hadn't thought of doing that before we started kindergarten last year. I know, also, that you can get a pre-school workbook at someplace like Wal Mart or Sam's, if you wanted to go that far into "doing" school, but it's not really necessary.
I think also working on things like knowing his address and phone number, and shapes and colors would be good, and maybe even some beginning letter sounds if he seems interested in reading-type activities. As you said, though, keeping it fun and interesting is the key. You can practice letters and numbers by writing them in pudding or putting shaving cream in a ziploc baggie and using his finger. Also, Reilly really enjoyed using her Magnadoodle to practice writing.
Anyway, I'm sure the other ladies around here will have lots of other ideas! Drop in any time! And, who knows, maybe next year you'll decide that you want to do kindergarten with him as well!!
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan
There is also dvd's for learning the alphebet (leapfrog) and if you don't mind him using the computer there is preschool computer games. they are usually around $6 at walmart. Also the letter magnates might be more fun then just looking at print. Making up songs make it easier to learn.
http://www.alphabet-soup.net/ttools/cutandpaste.html has some usful ideas. The printable sheets there with the letter pictures (scroll down that page) can be used in various ways. The simplist being to print and cut out 2 sheets the same and play snap and memery with them saying what the picture is and what sound it starts with.
http://www.free-printables.com/archive/Alphabet/ large letter templates here are great for glueing things on that start with the letter. For example we have glued alaminium to the letter Aa, and I'm about to make some red rice for the letter R.