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Using fun preschool learning activities can help lay strong foundations for reading, writing and arithmetic.
These playful educational activities will give your child a chance to develop the skills needed for formal schooling through carefully chosen playtime activities!
Click on each link to find out how and why these activities can help your child, and get some easy ideas to do at home.
Gross motor activities can develop the hand-eye coordination needed for handwriting and also the visual skills needed for reading. Building core strength and upper body strength is an important factor in developing the skills needed to control a pencil and scissors.
During the preschool years, your child should be getting lots of opportunity to develop hand strength and dexterity through exposure to a variety of fine motor activities.
If your child is generally able to play well with small items and is learning to manipulate crayons and scissors, then most fine motor activities advertised for this age group will be achievable for him/her.
if that is the case, then many fine-motor-based preschool learning activities may end in frustration and tears. This may be an indication that your child's hand and finger muscles need some help.
Getting the eyes and hands to work together well is important for playing sport as well as for getting the eyes to guide the hands in handwriting.
Your daily schedule of preschool learning activities should always include a visual motor item!
Here are some ideas:
Visual perceptual activities will help your child to understand and remember what is seen. This is an important foundation for learning to recognize and remember letters and numbers in order to read, write and do math!
Doing some of these fun preschool learning activities will help to develop many of your child's visual perceptual skills.
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Preparing for handwriting does NOT mean plonking your preschool child down with a pencil and paper and showing how to write his/her name!
Preschool learning activities should always include lots of movement, floor work and "big" work - working on boards instead of on paper at a desk.
Preparation for handwriting is no different, and I have put together an in-depth page full of activities and suggestions that will help your preschool child to work on the foundation skills needed specifically for handwriting.
So head over to my preschool handwriting page to find out more!
You may also be interested in checking out a whole range of preschool educational activities that have been compiled by an expert in her field over at Empowered Parents! Enjoy!
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