Over the past few years, I have seen a lot of parents who want to buy curriculum for their Pre-K students. Some parents I have talked to want to purchase curriculum for their 2 and 3 year olds! I understand that all children are unique and have different abilities, but it is important to remember that they are still young children who have only been on this earth for a short while. I (personally) feel it is important to focus more fine motor skills and free play, and less on structured lessons.
With that said, having a few materials to work on every now and then will help your child build confidence and ease the transition into school later on down the road. My oldest daughter is 3 1/2 years old and I just purchased her first workbook today! We plan to spend about 10 minutes a day working through the book. Other than that, the plan is to let her listen to her brothers lessons and have her participate in the things she is interested in.
The workbook I choose for her is Mead: Success in Preschool. It features an array of topics such as shapes, math, science, writing and more!
Another awesome (and affordable $) resource I LOVE is ABC Mouse. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited about my young children playing on the tablet. I was afraid they would turn into robotic zombies or something! I put off getting a subscription because of it and eventually caved when I kept hearing how awesome it was. I am glad I did! For just a few bucks a month your child can have access to numerous amounts of educational games and content! In our home, I try to limit tablet time to about 30 minutes a day, a few days a week, just to make sure the robotic zombies don’t become an actual thing. In just a year of use, the kids have both learned SO much from it. If you would like to learn more about ABC Mouse, click the link below 🙂