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I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be sending Tyler to preschool. We do plan on him going to public school for K-12. What kind of stuff do they learn in preschool? What things should I teach him so that he is ready for kindergarten? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
Some of the things he already knows are:
Counts from 1-13 on his own, can count to 20 with some help
Knows 8 basic shapes (triangle, square, heart, etc)
Knows about 8 colors
Can identify all his letters but cannot say them in order.
He will be ready for Kdg. They teach numbers and letters, shapes, and colors in preK but also again in Kdg. Mostly likely he will already know what they are teaching when he gets there. Preschool is more about play and learning social and classroom skills. And kindergarten is really more of the same, just 5 days a week.
Check if your library has a free storytime that you can go to every week. My 3 yr old is going and and they do stories, songs, play musical instruments, and do a craft. And she learns her letters and numbers at home. That put together is a good preschool program, at least for us.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
What state do you live in? Different states require different things to start kindergarten. My nephew needed to read two and three letter words to start k. My son needs to know how to write his name and more basic things.
You have beautiful children!
I was in the same situation as you. I planned on sending my children to public school, but didn't want to send them to pre-school. I called the school and asked them to have a kindergarten teacher make a list for me.
I taught mine basically what you have taught him, plus the sounds of most of the letters. I also taught them all of the positional words and things like that. The best thing that I did for mine was bought the Comprehensive Curriculum workbook from Sam's and let them do pages from it. When they tested for Kindergarten, the teachers were very pleased with what they knew.
My kids were in school for a few years before I pulled them out to homeschool them. We are so happy with it.
Good luck and have fun.
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