Free Preschool Activities
for School Readiness
School Readiness and School Maturity are two different yet related concepts. It is important for parents and caregivers to understand the distinction between the two.
- School Maturity is a term used to denote a biological growing process in a child's development, including both physical and mental maturity. (Click here to learn more.)
- School Readiness refers to a stage in a child's development when she is ready to learn in a formal learning environment and can do so effectively and without emotional disturbance. It is not a fixed point as growth and maturation is an ongoing process. It is a condition indicating that the child is ready to learn. (More...)
Below you will discover how adults can help children develop school readiness skills in just minutes per day!
Make learning child's play!
A preschool child's brain should be stimulated in different areas in a variety of ways for optimal development.
So often, we only engage our children in activities that we enjoy or are good at, at the expense of other skills that they need.
For example, parents that are musically gifted, will encourage music in their children, but perhaps neglect ball skills (gross motor co-ordination) or vice versa.
On the pages that follow, (clickable links lower down this page) you will find free preschool activities and information about stimulating different areas of development in children that will help you achieve optimal all-round stimulation and maximize their potential in each area of skills.
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Free Preschool Activities
for Busy Moms and Dads Too!
Busy parents often don't have the time or energy to consistently create new play activities that will give their children the quality attention that they need.
If you or your spouse work all day, you can enjoy doing these purpose-filled preschool activities with your children, once you get home.
If you are a homeschooling mom, kept busy with schooling older children and running your home, these preschool activities can help to ensure that your little ones receive the attention they need too!
When you sign up, you will receive 6 activities, one each day for Monday-Saturday, from the following categories:
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor control refers to the movements of the large muscles of the body. These skills can be learned and improved with practice so children need plenty of opportunities to exercise these skills...
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills that are automatic to adults, like manipulating the fingers accurately, require concentrated effort by young children, especially as they are still developing related skills such as hand stability, muscle tone, strength and balance.
Visual perception refers to information that is perceived through the eyes.
Children need to good visual perception to discriminate well, copy text accurately, develop visual memory of things observed, develop good eye-hand co-ordination and more...
Auditory perception refers to the ability of the brain to interpret and create a clear impression of sounds. Good auditory skills enable children to distinguish between different pitches, volumes, rhythms and sources of sounds and words...
There's a lot more to maths than numbers and sums; its an important language which helps us describe, explore and explain the world we live in...
and thinking skills
Ideas and activities for developing language skills, logical thinking and creative expression are encouraged, as well as the two key 'ingredients' required in excessive quantities to ensure that children become good communicators as adults...
Faith building activities
Ideas for bible reading, bible memory verses to learn, faith building discussion topics and more...
Plus various extras for YOU - useful websites, resources, book reviews, tips, advice and encouragement.
Click on the links above for more information describing and explaining the importance of these activities, as well as some samples of the kinds of free preschool activities you can expect in THE WHOLE CHILD newsletter.
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The Benefits You'll Enjoy
1. Preplanned activities make playtime convenient and easy.
You don't have to think on the spot - just print out the weekly activities and post them on the fridge or bulletin board ready for fun!
2. You don't have to invent new activities on your own.
When you come home tired from a busy day at work, it's difficult to think of new activities to entertain your preschooler. Your children will love the time you spend doing these activities and you will love having these activities ready when you need them.
3. Stimulate your children's development through play.
Play is an important part of your children's development. These free preschool activities will help maximise your child's potential.
"Play is important for children of all abilities because it lays the foundation for reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and creativity."
~ Beth Boosalis Davis, Executive Director, National Lekotek Center
4. Give your children the attention they adore.
Children love to play, and they love to play with their parents. Give them the attention they want and need by using these simple activities.
5. Minimal preparation time.
Most of these activities require little or no preparation. You can be ready for play in a moment's notice. You most probably have any toys or other resources around the house, although suggestions are given for new ones to consider.
6. Improved family relationships.
Work, television and computers occupy more and more of our time. Make a point of interacting more with your precious little ones and developing their social skills by using these free preschool activities.
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