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Is Your Child Failing Preschool?

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Updated on Sep 3, 2013

"My Child Does Not Know His Numbers"

Children who are ready for kindergarten math have had some experiences with counting and numbers as well as some discussion about sizes and shapes. Your child need not be able to add or even recognize all the numbers when he leaves preschool; just a little background knowledge will put him on the right track. It may not pay off to use workbooks to practice writing numbers or learn about addition. Unless your child enjoys it, this will only cause anxiety and negative feelings about learning.

What you can do at home:

  • Count everything; the plates as you set the table, pairs of socks as you put them in the drawer or raisins you are eating for snack. Practice makes perfect!
  • Play games that use dice or numbers to practice number recognition. Point to numbers in print or on signs.
  • Read counting books and let your child count items in the book, touching each one as he counts. This will give him practice with one-to-one correspondence.

"My Child Needs to Work on His Social Skills"

If your child has never been in a group setting without you before preschool, his social skills may need time to develop. Learning social skills is a big goal for preschool and an experienced preschool teacher will give your child many lessons in how to get along with other children and solve problems. Every child needs to learn social skills, but as in any other subjects, it comes more naturally to some children than others. For most people social graces take a lifetime to learn, so don’t stress if your child has some work to do when he leaves preschool.

What you can do at home:

  • Set up play dates with friends from preschool or the neighborhood.
  • Read books about social skills and getting along with others (ask your librarian for some suggestions).
  • Role play situations that your child might need to work on, offering suggestions for good ways to resolve conflicts and solve problems.

"My Child’s Teacher Says He Has a Short Attention Span"

Your child’s attention span will lengthen as he matures. Ask the teacher how long the children are asked to sit and what types of activities he is having difficulty staying focused on. Perhaps the activities and length of time is not appropriate for young children. If your child has a summer or fall birthday, time may be the solution to this problem.

What you can do at home:

  • Read books that are appropriate for the age of your child (ask your child’s teacher or librarian for some suggestions.) Keep your child’s attention by asking questions and allowing your child to make predictions about what will happen next.
  • Engage your child in projects of interest to him. Help him stay focused by involving him throughout the process.
  • Reward your child for completing projects that he starts. A chart where he can add a sticker each time he completes a task would be a great reward for a preschooler.

Fail is not a word that should be associated with preschool. If you and your child’s teacher agree he might benefit from another year of preschool, this is not failure. By giving your child time to grow and develop and by engaging him in a few fun activities at home, you will ensure that he has the best foundation for learning in kindergarten and beyond.

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