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Every Day Opportunities to Educate Your Preschooler

As a parent, you want to teach your child the basic skills they need to survive in this world. Morals, values and manners are a parent’s responsibility – not a school teacher’s.

You also want your child to be ready for formal schooling so that when they enter the school system for the first time they are not intimidated, afraid or embarrassed. There are many opportunities, found in everyday activities that can be used to teach your child some basic skills.

Shapes

For school, your child needs to know the basic shapes – circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval and diamond. Find them at home, on the way to the store, in the park, and keep pointing them out until your child starts doing the same.

Colors

Children often use colors to help them associate objects with their names. Help them by describing everyday items by their color – the red apple, the gray building, the blue sky etc then let them point out the colors of different things they encounter.

Counting

Count everything and anything with your child. Buttons on a jacket, stones in the pot plant, birds on the telephone wire, windows in the house, apples in the basket – wherever you are, whatever you are doing, there is something that you and your child can count.

Letters and Sounds

There are so many labels, advertisements, billboards and signs to read that your child has millions of opportunities to see and recognize letters every day. Point the letters out, let your child sound them out, and encourage them to find letters wherever they can.

General Knowledge

When your child says ‘There’s a bird in the tree’, explain what it may be doing in the tree – looking after its nest, looking for food, or just resting after flying for a long time. Try to identify the bird and whether it has any distinguishing marks. Do the same with plants, other animals, places and activities. Every explanation you give will be soaked up by your child, and may give rise to more questions. If you can’t answer a question, be honest about it, but find the answer – either in a book at the library, or on the internet.

Adults may have become accustomed to their environment, even bored with it. Children still find the wonder in a bird flying, a flower opening and closing or a butterfly landing on a flower. Feed their curiosity, encourage them to ask questions, and to practice what they have already learnt. Preschoolers absorb information at an incredible rate, and the more you give them, the more they will seek. That insatiable seeking should be encouraged, as it is what equips them to continue learning and developing once they are at school.

Liz Allan

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Testimonials

"My son Blair had an exceptional start in his primary and higher education which I soundly believe was due to his preschool grounding with Liz Allan's workbooks. He has now applied at university to become a veterinary surgeon and has been accepted."
Alison Cowie
Parent - Scotland

 

"The author of the pre-school books has been a positive influence in the lives of numerous individuals known to me. She taught my brother, my cousins children and my own son. The children in her care seem to learn various skills, such as mathematics, spelling, reading, fine and gross motor control, and general knowledge, to name a few, at a very fast rate. The author is able to assist young children in conceptualising and integrating themes and ideas vital for later school success. She has a way of making learning a fun experience for young children. Her vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the development of young children and teaching techniques is evident in the success of the children in her care over many years. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a pre-school teacher, as well as support any educational material that she creates."
Dr Natascha Pfeifer - PSYCHOLOGIST
B.A. HUM; B.A. HONS; M.A. PSYCH; D. LITT ET PHIL. PSYCH
Australia

 

"I arrived at Liz's pre-school when I was only 3 years old, now being a 20 year old Student Athlete studying at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio on a full scholarship, I have to attribute my success to this fantastic lady. Not only did her workbooks provide the foundation for my education but also sculpted the person I am today both in my morals and beliefs. Her constant motivation pushed me to higher levels in my sport( represented South Africa internationally in swimming). I strongly believe that I would not be in my current position in life if it were not for me having the privilege of being mentored by this remarkable person."
Davon Peffer
Student - USA

 

"Travelling for 40 kilometres every day for 8 years for my children to be with Liz was well worth the effort. Both my children have excelled in academics with awards in primary school, thanks mainly to the tuition Liz provided with her comprehensive worksheets. Without their excellent start with Liz, I am sure I would not be the proud mother of such clever, happy and successful children today."
Angela Warren
Parent - South Africa
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