Social & Emotional Skills
- Going to school means meeting lots of new people! Feeling at ease in a group setting will definitely go a long way.
- Making friends is key, but being comfortable with independence is just as important! And the ability to play solo is a great example of that.
- Questions or lil’ problems could always arise, so kiddos should be able to clearly express their needs and emotions.
- Identifying the emotions of others can also B. very helpful. Knowing when people feel sad or mad can help your child communicate with them appropriately!
- In addition to gauging what others around them are feeling, taking the initiative to talk and share (toys, for example!) is also a great display of social skills.
- Sounds simple, but knowing how to clearly recite your full name is essential!
- Say wee-hee for A, B, and C! Recognizing the alphabet is sure to help lil’ ones out in preschool.
- Teachers guide their mini students throughout the day, so children should be able to understand easy directions.
- Story time is always fun – and it’s even better when kids can follow and understand a story’s main message!
- Together with saying their name, it would be wonderful if kiddos could write it too!
Early Mathematical Skills
- ABCs and 123s are the best of friends! Knowing some numbers (up to 5) can definitely come in handy.
- Before becoming math wizzes, children can start by identifying basic shapes such as the square, circle, triangle, etc.
- Another helpful math skill is being able to understand when there’s less or more of something.
- Sorting skills are also part of the mathematical world! Being able to arrange items by color, size or shape is simply great!
- Last, but not least, children should start recognizing certain patterns – such as “green, blue, green, blue”!
- Preschool comes with a ton of fun activities, some of which encourage kiddos to move! Having the strength and balance for running, jumping, and kicking is sure to help ‘em out.
- Riding a tricycle can help children improve their balance and coordination, right in time for outdoor fun in school!
- Other activities might involve puzzles, blocks or other educational toys – and that’s where hand-eye coordination comes into play.
- There can also be opportunities for artistic self-expression! Having a firm pencil (or paint brush!) grip can simplify the creative process.
- There are many moments in preschool where fine motor skills are necessary – from opening a lunchbox to cutting a fun shape out of colorful construction paper!