My son is turning 3 years old in few months time. I’ve known some parents who let their toddler attend school as early as two years old while some say it’s too early for them to go tvo school at such age. My neighbor, Marlyn, whom a preschool teacher, told me one time that it’s okay to wait until 4 years before we send our kids to school. However, we should teach them educational stuff at home like the different types of shapes, animals, ABC, etc.
One important reminder I keep hearing from teacher Marlyn is to expose my son into Play-dough activities as such is vital for his tiny muscles in the hand and fingers to get excercised. I did, countless times. However, my son is not very much into play dough. He doesn’t like it when the dough sticks into his hands. Nevertheless, I never got tired of exposing him into such activities. I got a recipe of a homemade play dough from the web. Here are the ingredients and intructions on how to make one:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
3 dessert spoons cooking oil
2 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring (optional)
“Mix all the ingredients together. Add a few drops of food coloring. Keep mixing until all the lumps have been blended (use a whisk). Put the mix into a sauce pan (or just mix it up in the sauce pan) and cook very slowly over medium heat. Stir continuously, and when the dough starts to come away from the side of the pan, take it off the heat. Remove the play-dough from the pan.
Courtesy of Http://www.circleofmoms.com
Mommies, we can also try to make their Silly Putty recipe for more hands on activities. Here’s how to do it:
Silly Putty recipe
Liquid starch (look in the laundry section of your grocery store or drugstore)
Safe, non-toxic glue (like Elmer’s all-purpose Glue-All)
Food coloring (optional)
Mix equal parts together. If mixture is too thick, add glue. If too runny, add starch.
Right at this moment, I’m going gaga thinking over whether my son would go to school this year or next year. If he can’t attend to school this year, I make sure, he will have summer activities which could help hone his social skills. I’ve come accross these Essential Social Skills list for Preschoolers. Here it is:
The “Seven C’s:” Essential Social Skills for Preschoolers
Social Skill # 1: Conversation
Social Skill # 2: Cooperation
Social Skill #3: Conflict Resolution
Social Skill #4: Communication
Social Skill #5: Confidence
Social Skill #6: (Self) Control
Social Skill #7: Curiosity
This would be my ultimate goal for this year, to provide enough activities for my son to help him gain the seven C’s essential for preschoolers attain an utmost social skills.
I’ve been hearing a lot of top most learning school across Lapu-lapu City, particularly somewhere in Pajac where we live. Invariably, most of them cost several thousands. I cannot see it fit for my shoestring budget. You must have understand by now why would I get gaga thinking over this preschool craze. However, I’m not just sitting around and think about it over and over again. I’m working on how to get by with a shoe string budget.
For my fellow Cebuanos living in Lapu-lapu who are also looking for a good learning education center for their toddlers, here is the list of schools to choose from courtesy of http://pinoyschoolreviews.com
This preschool craze’s been playing all over my head lately. Had I been blessed with a fat wallet, I wouldn’t get as paranoid as I am now. All I really want if a good training education for my son specially at this crucial stage of his developing mind.