Preschool Prep: Learning Shapes
Do your children enjoy learning shapes? Maybe you have not started or are just introducing your little one to shapes. Children can enjoy learning shapes by fun repetition. Check out this Preschool Prep post all about Learning Shapes!
What is Preschool Prep?
Do you have a young child or two who has outgrown Tot School and is ready for Preschool? Have you looked at all the free online choices during your preschool preparation? Does thinking about preschool curriculum make your head spin? Well, I know that the amount of free “Letter of the Week” and “Themed” curriculum is astounding.
I am creating the Preschool Prep series to help other moms and caregivers out! I have spent lots of time researching and planning for Preschool for Lil’ Red and I want to pass on this wealth of knowledge and resources to my readers!
I plan to share a variety of ideas and ways to prepare yourself, your environment, and your child for preschool in a multi-part series. I could create a super long and over whelming post with tons and tons of ideas, but I do not want to add frustration to your Preschool Prep situation. I want to share ideas for learning letters, numbers, colors, shapes, name recognition, character studies, etc. I will share with you very simple activities you can create yourself or some items you could look for during garage sale season. I am hoping to lessen your time and the amount of money you spend by sharing what I am doing.
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There are so many ways to teach your child a new concept. I find the easiest is to incorporate a new skills or idea into everyday life. For example my children love graham crackers so I ask if they want one big rectangle or two squares. I break the graham cracker into squares and show them both a rectangle and a square. If we have Ritz crackers we talk about circles,etc.
Hands-on: One of the simplest ways to teach your child shapes is by giving them LOTS of hands-on practice. Start out simple with a circle and square and build up from there.
Provide lots of ways to play with shapes. We purchased wooden pattern blocks to use with free printable pattern sheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler. (The free form shapes below were created by Eldest age 9).
Shape sorter: Please DO NOT give away your shape sorter thinking it’s a baby toy! I know lots of parents who make the mistake of giving away or selling their “baby” toys when their child turns three, BUT wait! Can your child use that toy to learn an important preschool skill? Shapes sorters are great for spatial reasoning, counting sides, tracing the pieces, stacking the pieces, and so much more.
Create your own Shape games:
Flashcards: Obvious I know but what can you do with flashcards to make them more hands-on or concrete? Find objects to match with them. Talk about same and different.
Worksheets and Dry-erase Sheets:
Games and Activities: