Mumkins wrote:Does 1st grade and preK (3-4) work well together? My oldest will be doing 1st grade in the fall. My son will be 4 in Oct. and we have another DD who will be 2 in Dec., but a little young for any schooling I think. Is it worth buying a preK package? I'm trying to decide if I should just use what I have or sell it and buy the preK for 3-4. Or would I need anything? Could he just kind of copy what my oldest is doing?
No matter which preK materials you use with your not quite just yet 4 year old, you can include this child in the fun things that the older sibling does with first grade. But not all of them, of course. :) There are times where your 4 y.o will just want to sit in and enjoy it all and other times where a child that young will need to go play.
I thought you might want to know a bit more about MFW's Pre K packages since there isn't all that much on the main website just yet....
What is the PreK program like on an average day?
My Father’s World PreK is designed for teaching skills such as following directions, completing an assigned task, fine motor development, reading readiness, early math, and thinking skills in a relaxed, informal manner. Each "toy" in the package is actually developing important skills. MFW has designed their ideas to make the “toy” as useful and productive as possible. MFW uses a combination of toys with a similar theme to strengthen the important skill while keeping the activity varied for the child.
Number Puzzle Boards and Pegs (math)
Kids Puzzle (visual discrimination)
Lace & Link Lowercase Letters (reading readiness)
Lacing Shapes (pencil grip--you hold the lace similar to a pencil; fine motor)
Fit-A-Space (thinking skills--categories and sequence)
8" Pegboard (math)
The PreK Activity booklet [now Activity Cards], written by My Father’s World is jammed packed with ideas to use as a springboard for the toys. The ideas are arranged by toy, then by developmental area, and finally by difficulty. The activities can be used to educate, involve and occupy a younger child while you are working with an older child.
Families with special needs children have especially appreciated the booklet to help with implementing speech and occupational therapies at home.
You can make it as flexible as you want in your family. Here is one idea for a daily guide.
1. Start with a song.
2. Read a story. One recommendation is the 20th Century Treasury Story book, which has 40 stories. Do the same story for several days each week before moving on to a new story. Children enjoy repetition. Use the book only for “school time”.
3. Alternate between stories and the Child’s Book of Art to add variety to your week. Sit and enjoy looking through the art work in The Child’s Book of Art a few days a week during story time.
4. Select an activity to work with from the Lauri toys and accompanying PreK Activity Guide.
Spend about 15-30 minutes of focused learning time with your preK-ers and they are ready to play on their own for a while so that you can tend to the teaching needs of the older children, and tend to the needs of a younger child. Expand on the learning time together while playing throughout the day and watch your children’s imagination and learning soar.