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    Default Preschool for 3 Year Old

    We are using the Time4Learning site for our eight year old homeschooled son. We are considering adding an account for our three year old daughter to start the Preschool activities. Does anyone know what age group the Preschool activities are geared toward? I don't want the hassle of signing her up if it will be way over her head. She gets very cranky when I change my mind about letting her play a game ( - ;

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    Preschool is for ages 2-4, or whenever they can use a mouse.

    You might want to have her try some of the demos. Once you get to that link, click on the blue "Try The Lessons" button at the top, left. "Shape Match" and "Match a Moo" are from the preschool program.

    A preschooler should only spend half an hour or so on Time4Learning lessons. You might be interested in this recent thread about preschool.

    Mom of six . . . current students and homeschool graduates. Enjoying using Time4Learning since 2006!

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    Thank you for the information Kelly. I'll be sure to check out the thread. Our daughter will enjoy playing games on the computer like her big brother.
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    Mom to Seraphina 7/2005

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    Great information shared here.

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    I use it daily with my childcare kids!
    I generally start at age 3, just for attention span and wanting to do it.
    If I was doing it with just 1 child, I would start at age 2 or so..... depending on the child!
    It had made a HUGE difference in my kiddos! I try to arrange our other preschool lessons around what is the theme for the week on T4L!
    I have graduated 3 kids out of my care, fully prepared for kindergarten using this and a 4th will graduate to kindy next year!!
    Love T4L!

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    thanks for the great information, this is very useful for the new preschoolers.

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    Thank you for sharing information.

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    I choose combination of Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies. In the Montessori school, play is a child’s work. While there is a focus on academics, the distinguishing feature is that children learn at their own pace. Reggio Emilia schools are known for a project-based approach, which many preschool programs have borrowed. In a project-based curriculum, lessons are based on the interest of the students. Both of these philosophies are used at Kids Collective - playa vista preschool.

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    Many preschools concentrate on children basic knowledge. Thats a merit factor as it will help them in future.

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    Three is definitely not too young to start learning ABCs,
    numbers, and colors. Personally, I wouldn't use a
    curriculum though.

    You can teach all of those things through play.

    Sing the ABCs.

    Count the stairs you're climbing, or the toys you are
    putting away, or the bites you're eating, etc.

    For colors, ask what color the apple is. If he doesn't
    know. Tell him it's red, then point all of the other
    things in the room that are red. The next day, do it
    again. When he's really good at red, start with another
    color.

    You can do the same thing with letters.

    What are the letters on the STOP sign? "S.. T.. O... P"

    O is a good letter to start with. One week point out all
    of the Os you see. Whenever you see an O, make a dramatic
    OOOOOOOO sound.

    The next week point out S's. Draw S's in the sand, and
    make curvy S lines with your finger in the air. And point
    out all of the S's. "S makes a ssssssss sound like a
    ssssnake and a sssslide".

    Just being with your child and pointing out these things
    is enough at 3

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