Am I expecting too much?

Preschool readiness skills (birth to age 5) and the common developmental concerns of young children.

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Am I expecting too much?

Postby shia.glasmeier » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:22 pm

I recently started doing preschool with my children. Emma-4, Lucy-2, Erik (my nephew)-4. I bought a workbook from Walmart to give me ideas, and we do 3 worksheets every day, plus coloring, cutting, and glueing (sp?), and reading a book. Is that too much for their age? What should I be teaching them? Should I focus on kindergarten readiness stuff, or just whatever seems fun? Also, my nephew, who we have custody of, is not nearly as advanced as Emma, and I'm not sure what to do for them. They all really like school, but everyone is getting frustrated, including me. Am I expecting too much from them? Should I be more flexible and fluid? Also, does anyone have ideas for individual things they can do? :?:

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Postby SuperGiaJ » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:50 pm

Sounds like you're working on the right educational materials for their age. You just need to test differing amounts and difficulty levels to see how each one responds. Once you've been doing it awhile, everyone should be more comfortable with it.

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Postby Theodore » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:41 pm

In general, letters and numbers by three, phonics and basic math by four, but this varies from child to child (I learned to read at four, one of my sisters at three, other siblings later), and you shouldn't worry too much if it takes until five or six. Reading fun books to them will help a lot, though, since it will build a love of books that may speed things up later. Try to avoid electronic devices of any sort for a few years, they need to be regular readers before they are exposed to anything with the potential to erode attention span.

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