Pre-K

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Pre-K Academic




What You Can Do To Help Your Student

  • Math:

    Math Tips

    Practice Counting

    Practice counting regularly with your child. She should know how to count to 10 and beyond and understand what the numbers represent. Play games that involve counting, such as hide and seek, and incorporate counting into everyday activities, such as climbing stairs or eating.

    Practice Comparing Items

    Ask your child to compare different groups of items, such as carrot sticks and apple slices, and to tell you which group has more and which has fewer items. Incorporate these sorts of comparisons into ordinary activities around the home, including eating, organizing groceries, or sorting laundry.

    Practice Addition and Subtraction

    Practice basic addition and subtraction by having your child count how many objects are in a group, such as a plate of crackers, and then taking away some of those objects or adding more.

    Practice Recognizing Shapes

    Practice recognition of different shapes. Have your child spot things that are triangular, like pieces of pizza or the roof of a house, or rectangular, like paper money. As you talk about different shapes, have her describe why a shape she spots is a triangle (three sides) or a square (four equal sides) or a rectangle (two opposite equal sides and two other opposite equal sides of longer length).

    Practice Comparing Different Sizes

    Practice ways in which your child can compare different sizes. Have her organize a selection of toys in order from the smallest to the largest. Or have her talk about the members of your family, describing who is tallest, second tallest, and so on.

    Do Puzzles With Your Child

    Doing puzzles is a great way to develop important visual discrimination skills, or the ability to recognize differences and similarities in shape, form, pattern, size, position, and color.

    Play "Higher" or "Lower"

    Think of a number for your child to guess. After each guess respond with the words “higher” or “lower.” At different times use the words “more” or “less” so she learns different arithmetic vocabulary. This game helps her correlate number words and counting sequence with actual amounts.

    Practice Sequencing

    Practice sequencing with your child to develop her ability to recognize and store math procedures and number sequences. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or build a snowman together, then ask her to describe in order the actions that took place. She can also describe the sequence of events that took place in the day, in a movie she saw, or in a story she read.

    Use Timers to Develop a Sense of Time

    Use a timer for activities like watching TV or using the computer, so that your child becomes familiar with the concept of time and how long different units of time last. If your child doesn’t want to leave the playground tell her she can stay for 5 more minutes. She’ll start to develop an understanding of time and how long different units of time last if you do this regularly.

    Give Your Child a Piggy Bank

    Give your child a piggy bank and help fill it with spare change. Every month or so, empty it together and have your child sort the coins by denomination. Have her match the coins to the denominations indicated on coin wrappers, which can be obtained from some banks or purchased inexpensively. This will help your pre-kindergartner with counting, value recognition, and sorting, as well as hand-eye coordination.

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  • English Language Arts:

    English Language Arts Tips

    Read Every Day

    Perhaps the single most important thing you can do at this stage to foster your child’s early reading and writing skills is to read to her every single day. A recent OECD study comparing the role of parents in education in several countries found that the factor that best predicts better reading performance when a child is 15 is whether she was read to during her early years. So read as often as you can to your child, even if just for 20 minutes a day, and do your best to make reading time a fun experience that both of you enjoy.

    Point Out Authors and Illustrators

    When you sit down to read a book with your child, start by reading the title and the name of the author and illustrator. This will help to familiarize her with these important attributes of a book. Soon she may have favorite authors or illustrators, such as Dr. Seuss, and will be able to recognize their work.

    Read the Same Books

    Make sure to read the same books to your child over and over again, over extended periods. The better she gets to know a book, the more ways she will find to enjoy it. During one reading she may just focus on the pictures. A week later, she may pay more attention to the story itself. A couple months later, she may notice the rhyming patterns of the words or focus on new vocabulary words.

    Make Reading Engaging and Interactive

    When you are reading to your pre-kindergartener, make it as engaging and interactive an experience as possible for her. Pause from time to time to ask her questions about what you’ve read so far and what is to come. Ask her how she thinks a character is feeling or what she thinks will happen next. Make sure she understands it’s fine if she guesses wrong. The fun is in the guessing.

    Discuss Stories

    Once you've finished a story, have a little discussion with your child about it. Ask her what she liked best about the story, who her favorite character was, and why they did specific things in the story. Learning to talk about what she has read will be an important foundation for the critical thinking skills that will be so important throughout her life.

    Read Non-fiction

    Make sure to include non-fiction books in the titles you choose. Pre-kindergarteners are fascinated by the world around them and learn a lot about how it works from non-fiction books. They especially love books about animals (including dinosaurs, of course!), outer space, and trucks and machines.

    Establish Good Reading Habits

    Reading skills will always be essential to your child’s academic success, so do everything you can to make sure that she develops good reading habits. It’s especially important that she sees you and other adults enjoying reading. This will help her view reading in a positive light.

    Use Songs and Lyrics

    Reading to your child isn’t the only way to ensure that she becomes a strong reader as she gets older. Singing songs with her and familiarizing her with a range of lyrics also helps develop language skills.

    Make Eye Contact

    Make sure that you make eye contact with your child when you speak to her. Adults are often so busy sitting at the computer, checking our iPhones, or doing household chores that we don’t pause and look directly at our children when they’re speaking. Try to stop what you’re doing and give her your attention when your child speaks to you.

    Fill in the Word

    Fill in the word. When reading nursery rhymes, poems, or books with rhyming words, read the verse then let your child “read” by filling in the rhyming word. When reading “Hickory Dickory Dock. The mouse ran up the _____,” pause to let your child fill in the word “clock.” This will come naturally and your child will enjoy helping you read.

    Encourage Writing and Drawing

    Encourage your child to write and draw as early as possible. Make sure she has access to plenty of crayons and markers. Don’t worry about whether she’s holding them correctly at this point. The important thing is that she learns to love using writing and drawing tools.

    Incorporate Toys

    Using playdough and toys that require her to manipulate small shapes will encourage the development of dexterity in her fingers that will be important as she learns to hold a pencil correctly and to write.

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    TEASER During these formative early years, your pre-kindergartener is developing crucial learning pathways in the brain that will lay the groundwork for her future academic success. She is learning to speak and communicate in new ways, and beginning to explore books and other written materials. Her discovery of math will start with an understanding of how numbers work.
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