Archives: Preschoolers

Super Tips to Read Environmental Print with Preschoolers

How to Read Environmental Print  Reading Environmental Print with Preschoolers The most often overlooked way of learning to read is environmental print. Books are not the only way that preschoolers learn to read. Scores of early reading experiences happen before school starts.  Environmental print is familiar signs that a child recognizes in their life.  Even • Read More »

Ideas to Acquire Fine Motor Skills

Develop Fine Motor Skills for Writing  Create Opportunities to Develop Fine Motor Skills When your preschoolers have developed gross-motor skills they are ready to work on fine motor skills. They need lots of opportunities to use their hands and fingers. The more often they grip a marker, pencil, or scissors, the better. Merging these activities into • Read More »

Best Ways To Check Print Concepts

Checking Print Concepts With Your Preschooler Once you have practiced print concepts with your preschooler you are ready to check what they have learned. Instead of doing self-talk, ask them what to do next.  Say:  “Now where is the front of the book?” to see what they remember. If they can do most of these • Read More »

Benefits of Storytelling with your Preschooler

Storytelling with your preschooler Beginning Storytelling Storytelling is an age-old experience handed down through generations. It is a great way to introduce beginning reading with preschoolers. In the beginning, storytelling does not have to include books.  At first, just tell stories that you have heard when you were a little child.  If they include members • Read More »

Ways to Develop Gross Motor Skills

Emerging Gross Motor Skills in Preschoolers  Gross Motor Skills in 4-5 Year Olds Emerging gross motor skills are not present in all children when they enter school.  If your child does not have well-developed gross-motor skills then this blog is valuable for you! Why?  Slow gross motor skills are an early warning sign that problems • Read More »

Practical Guide to Teach Print Concepts

Teaching Print Concepts to your Preschooler Before preschoolers ever get to school, they should be listening to books read to them.  They enjoy hearing stories and it really helps them develop language critical to early literacy. However, with a little effort, you can add some important early literacy skills.  They do not even have to • Read More »

Creative ways to use Nursery Rhymes for Listening and Dancing

Rhyme through song and dance  Certain people say that nursery rhymes and listening to music and dancing are important to preschool children. However, few actually explain the real reasons. One benefit is obvious, of course. When you watch children listening, singing and dancing to music and see them bounce around, you know they are having • Read More »

Tips for Using Technology with Preschoolers

iPad/Computer Use at School Whew!  Your child is finally in preschool! But wait…the time goes by so fast!  By the time you get your kids to school, you have less than 2 hours! You are happy though, because your child is in a good school district with cutting edge technology! Your child will love to • Read More »

How to Use Technology with Chores, Writing, & Drawing

Technology with Household Chores First, while working on a grocery list for shopping, have your preschooler use a drawing app to draw pictures on your iPad of grocery items you intend to purchase. As a result, drawing on an iPad helps develop fine motor skills just like using crayons and markers.  Next, incorporate technology into everyday • Read More »