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    Default What do you expect your child to 'learn' at Preschool?

    Our preschool recently changed hands. Under the previous managment there was a focus on child play-based learning and covered social, emotional development as well as learning the alphabet, numbers 1-10, colours and general shapes.
    My 4.5 year old said on the weekend that he doesn't learn anything at preschool, he just plays.
    At first I thought little of it and said 'Yes, but you learn through play.' At our next visit to the preschool I asked how they prepare the older kids for kindergarten and was told that it is play based and that they only focus on social and emotional aspects. The only teacher led learning is in books etc where they will count or learn that things happen in a sequence.
    I my concern justified that they are not teaching alphabet, numbers, colours etc? The new administration does not even have the kids write their own name. It makes me think that the price to learn social and emotional skills (ie attend preschool) is far too high with so little emphasis on other life skills. It's annoying that they are not reinforcing what I have taught him at home.

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    DS is only 3 and just started 3yo pre school 2 days a week so I'm interested in your replies as well!

    I'm hoping some teachers will answer but I've always been told that pre school is just about teaching the kids structure, learning through play, learning routines ect all teachers I've ever spoken too said all kids need to know before they start kindy is to be able to dress themselves, go to the toilet and take instructions - knowing the alphabet and numbers helps but I do this with DS and don't expect pre school to teach him this?

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    What state are you in?

    My 4.5 yr old ds is in pre primary this year (1st year of full-time school in WA) and is learning to read. Yesterday when I was the helper in his class they were learning about words that have the letter combination 'ck' in them. Also, writing the letter 'H/h'. They were doing comprehension activities, too. All of these were play-based though. I believe they start bringing home a new reader once a week in term 3 and this is mainly to focus on the comprehension of the story, narrative, etc. In term 4 they will bring home a new reader every day (which they will be encouraged to read to us).

    Last year, in kindy (5 days per fortnight) they learnt all of the letters and sounds of the alphabet, how to write their name and were being encouraged to start writing other words independently. Eg, they wrote a xmas list to santa and were told to sound the words out and write down how they think it should sound. They were clapping syllables of different words, too. They did basic numeracy tasks. Again, this was play-based.

    In daycare I am not sure they did much formal learning. I do know they were encouraged to recognize their own name on the board, etc. though.

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    As a kindergarten teacher (first formal year if schooling in NSW) I would like pre schools to focus on school readiness techniques. Things such as managing belongings, taking off and putting on jumpers, opening packaging on food etc.

    Most importantly I'd love them to focus on social and emotional resilience, conflict resolution, making friends, how to approach and join in games, asking an adult for help and techniques to manage feelings of being left out.

    I'm not overly concerned with pre schools teaching letters, numbers etc. basic shapes, colours and writing their name is sufficient.

    This would happen in my perfect world!!!

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    Our centre uses play based learning and I like the approach (it's a child care centre but has an approved preschool component and a qualified teacher in the room). But they like to teach kids to recognize their names and they often count with the kids and talk about what number is written on their bag hook etc.

    Their reasoning is it's better/easier for kids to learn in this manner than to 'rope learn' and repeat what an adult says and I do understand where they are coming from and I can still see my son learning this way. I also figure school is where the serious learning begins.

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    Hi mummies my 3.5yo DD goes to preschool (preschool room in a long day care centre) and goes 2 days a week & personally I would be bringing your concerns up with the director!

    This year they DD is learning!
    *alphabet in lower & upper case, writing the letters & some sight words
    *writing their own name on the role at the start & end of the day
    *colours & shapes were taught in the pre-preschool room so now they are working on 3D shapes & mixing colours (blue & yellow = green)

    They also teach agriculture & life cycles (they have a veggie garden & chickens & a worm farm)

    They do lots of outside play & painting too.

    They do cooking! (Well, they measure ingredients, stir & cut cookie shapes & the lady in the kitchen cooks them)

    They do lots of reading, they are also learning yoga.

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    I'm in NSW. DS1 attended preschool last year and has returned this year as well as we thought he was a little young to go through to kinder with it being 5 days a week. ATM he goes to preschool two days per week. I have taught him his alphabet, colours, shapes and numbers myself and initally it was my intention to send him to preschool to socialise and learn those skills; however, with the last administation having him write his name and learn months and days of the week, learning phonics etc and then the 'new' administration taking over at only focusing on social and emotional I can understand why DS1 is feeling like he isn't doing any learning at preschool. Makes me wonder if I should have sent him to kindergarten...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1492 View Post
    I'm in NSW. DS1 attended preschool last year and has returned this year as well as we thought he was a little young to go through to kinder with it being 5 days a week. ATM he goes to preschool two days per week. I have taught him his alphabet, colours, shapes and numbers myself and initally it was my intention to send him to preschool to socialise and learn those skills; however, with the last administation having him write his name and learn months and days of the week, learning phonics etc and then the 'new' administration taking over at only focusing on social and emotional I can understand why DS1 is feeling like he isn't doing any learning at preschool. Makes me wonder if I should have sent him to kindergarten...
    Is he 5 yet? Honestly an extra year at home does little ones the world of good, particularly boys. I think their focus on social and emotional development is absolutely vital. Teaching phonics to pre schoolers can often backfire when they start school as all schools teach phonics in their own way and this can be confusing. Honestly it sounds like he's in the best place for him at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    Is he 5 yet? Honestly an extra year at home does little ones the world of good, particularly boys. I think their focus on social and emotional development is absolutely vital. Teaching phonics to pre schoolers can often backfire when they start school as all schools teach phonics in their own way and this can be confusing. Honestly it sounds like he's in the best place for him at this time.
    I agree with this. My DD has ASD so while she picks up 'facts' like a sponge, she really struggles with social/emotional issues. Were in NSW and I won't be sending her to school until the year she turns 6

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    I'm a teacher, with my eldest DD in grade 1 and DD2 in Kindy (preschool).
    As a mother and teacher, I value any early learning program that is play-based. There is plenty of time for numbers, letters, reading and maths.
    Predominantly, I want my DD to spend a year at Kindy prepared to start school. I want her to be able to take turns, share, attempt to tackle a task by herself, or ask for help when needed, actively listen and follow instructions, help others, celebrating success (her own and others), stay on task, be able to use materials appropriately, have a sense of belonging, appreciate nature and the environment, be able to make observations and communicate them clearly. I also want her to be able to do all the personal care tasks independently (go to the toilet, wash hands, open lunch boxes, etc).
    In one of the best educational systems in the world (Finland), children do not start formal learning until they are 7, up until then it is all play-based.

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