Jenn in NC wrote:Up till now, all my preschoolers have been boys. Now I have a girl who is getting ready to turn 4 and is very different than my boys were. I need advice on how to proceed.
My dd can do things my boys could never do at this age. For example she can find the track she wants to listen to on the CD player in her room. She recognizes several numbers without ever having been taught, and understand them conceptually up to about 5 or 6. She is beginning to make those primitive, somewhat recognizable drawings -- wobbly circles with eyes and a nose, etc. Yesterday she asked me to help her make a "2" and then she made a pretty good copy. She loves school (which for her is a bin with crafty things in it). She seems to crave more structured learning.
I really had never planned to start K with her for another year but I am wondering if she will be bored with the preK program?
Reading through the description of your daughter reminds me of my preschool daughter. She knows which CD track has the song she wants and can ask for them in the van and run that CD player in her sister's room. She knows her letters and numbers. She’s counting in Russian???? (why????) and then made us all laugh the other day in Russian class when she was upside down on the floor reading a number. It was supposed to be 19 but she was upside down and said in English Sixty-One! The fun of a higher functioning autistic preschooler.
I think you should buy the other toys that you don't have and get the activity book and use preschool time with your preschooler.
What can you expect from the PreK Package in MFW?
*opportunities to do new and more things with emerging skills without an emphasis of product over process.
*ways to include your preschooler in a table activity while older children are doing something a bit more seat work
*ways to have some active time with the preschooler when the older kids are doing seat work.
*ways to bring all of the other developmental skills into focus even if/when knowledge based (cognitive) skills are there.
All of the ideas in the activity booklet [now activity cards] will help to engage your child in thinking skills that are age appropriate. They offer enough flexibility to easily adjust up or down for your child. I appreciate that the ideas will help your child learn to follow instructions that are given verbally.
Too often we rush a child to the next level of learning based only on what they know that have a right or wrong answer (letters, numbers, colors). In that process we have to remember that before the next level of learning is introduced we need to secure their learning based on what they can do, not just what they can say and know. As they get older, school lessons will depend on a lot of ability to process higher language and follow instructions. This is the time to teach it. At the same time, in the preschool years we have the time to allow for a more creative and discovery side (i.e. process over product) In the K program and older it starts to be a bit more about getting to the product. So, don’t waste that opportunity to have another year of focusing on the process when the product isn’t the issue. There is still plenty of time in K and older programs for the process as well. It’s doesn’t abruptly stop at K, is my point.
Many of the toys in the MFW package provide for ways to make crafts related to any story you might be reading to the other children or to your preschooler. For example, my youngest likes a little story called Goodnight Gorilla. So, I can take her little board book and some of the Lauri toys and have her match up colors along with the story. I’ll mix up a bunch of the colors and have her find the right color. (simple story, lots of skills) Or we read a story that involved snow. So, we took some of the circle shapes in the package and had our daughter trace the circles and cut them out, and make a snow man by gluing the shapes onto paper. No help from us. That involves a lot of skills for a 4 year old to do. Add in some dry beans here and there to glue on it. Preschoolers likes to be creative and enjoy that stuff. I have the mixed blessing of sending my daughter to 2 preschools (due to her special needs). And I watch what those "trained and experienced" preschool teachers do – and you know what? The MFW preK package allows me to carry over all of the good stuff into our day. Thank you Marie!!!!!
Start your preschoolers’ school day with a song or two. Get some rhythm toys or pots pans and a wooden spoon. Or if you’re brave, a play guitar. Let your child march around the room to their CD. This is a great preschool year to let them have a celebration of God’s word in song. Don’t be surprised if the older children suddenly decide that they need to be a teacher’s assistant during that time. and allow them to join in the fun of the preschoolers music time. That's not the time to send them to their rooms to do their math or independent work. Trust me on that experience???
What can you expect from MFW’s preK package? A lot of fun that will provide the structure and security that they need and to help work on many level of developmental skills.
If you have a 4 year old, use the preK package. Even if they know their letters and numbers and colors…. They’ll never be 4 years old again. It’s a fun year to not miss in their lives.