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Soo...I am super structed (or at least i try to be)......my dd is 3 1/2 years old and she LOVES to do those little preschool workbooks from Walmart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ...I never pay much attention to waht she can and can not do on the pages but should I? What is she supposed ot know at this age? ABC's? Counting, Addition? I have no idea how to tell if I am challenging her enough..thanks for your help on this.
 

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Honestly, at her age, I wouldn't worry too much about what she does or doesn't know. At that age, there's a wide range of "normal" as far as skills go. For preschoolers, I personally consider everything to be a bonus, just an introduction to things. If the child is particularly interested in a subject or skill, then I would delve into it deeper, but I wouldn't push anything. For instance, if she's interested in reading, fine, teach it more, but if she's not that interested, I think at that age it's fine that she's getting an introduction to the idea of letters having sounds and fitting together to make words. I'd let her do the workbooks as long as she was enjoying them and not worry too much about what she does or doesn't know. When my DD was that age (and even now), we read a lot, on a variety of subjects, we played games, we did workbooks when she felt like it, we played in lots of different ways, we went places, that sort of stuff. I look at my role in early childhood education as showing them little bits of all sorts of things, increasing their awareness of the world, and letting them find what is interesting to them.<br><br>
All that to say, I'm sure you're doing just fine!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I never pay much attention to waht she can and can not do on the pages but should I?</div>
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<span>Not in my opinion - other than just in the simple, casual and friendly act of appreciating and sharing her enthusiasm for what she's doing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br></span>
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<span>There really isn't any need for any of that. She's still new to the world, and has a lot of exploring and learning to do about her immediate environment and her own body and abilities. She's learning how to have fun, how to use her imagination, about the use of the language, music, nature, about families, and <i>so</i> many things! If you just play and enjoy, include her in some of your routine activities and so forth, she'll be learning all she needs at this time. Here's a page on <a href="http://besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html" target="_blank">preschool/kindergarten</a> - it starts with a list of articles, and underneath those are annotated links to websites that have lots of fun ideas for activities to do with little ones.<br><br>
Have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Soo...I am super structed (or at least i try to be)......</div>
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Why do you want to be structured?<br><br>
My children know even now (at 8 and 5) that their only real job is to play.<br><br>
If I were you, I'd just read to my child for 1-2 hours a day, supply open-ended creative toys, go to library storytimes, join some playgroups so she can have an exciting and fun life, and let her learn whatever she wants to as she goes through her exciting life. If she enjoys workbooks, fine.<br><br>
3 1/2 is such a magical time!! Enjoy!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, at her age, I wouldn't worry too much about what she does or doesn't know. At that age, there's a wide range of "normal" as far as skills go. For preschoolers, I personally consider everything to be a bonus, just an introduction to things. If the child is particularly interested in a subject or skill, then I would delve into it deeper, but I wouldn't push anything. For instance, if she's interested in reading, fine, teach it more, but if she's not that interested, I think at that age it's fine that she's getting an introduction to the idea of letters having sounds and fitting together to make words. I'd let her do the workbooks as long as she was enjoying them and not worry too much about what she does or doesn't know. When my DD was that age (and even now), we read a lot, on a variety of subjects, we played games, we did workbooks when she felt like it, we played in lots of different ways, we went places, that sort of stuff. I look at my role in early childhood education as showing them little bits of all sorts of things, increasing their awareness of the world, and letting them find what is interesting to them.<br><br>
All that to say, I'm sure you're doing just fine!</div>
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I totally agree with the above.<br><br>
And, contrary to what others may post -- there is NOTHING wrong with structure if that's what works for you and your family.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Soo...I am super structed (or at least i try to be)......my dd is 3 1/2 years old and she LOVES to do those little preschool workbooks from Walmart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ...I never pay much attention to waht she can and can not do on the pages but should I? What is she supposed ot know at this age? ABC's? Counting, Addition? I have no idea how to tell if I am challenging her enough..thanks for your help on this.</div>
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I'd just echo that there isn't a set list of what she should know.<br><br>
I think if she's interested in doing the workbooks, then help her out when she needs/wants your help and just generally keep her company and share in her enthusiasm for what she's learning!<br><br>
My DD is about 30 months old now and is obsessed with learning colors, letters, and numbers right now. She finds them everywhere and is so excited about her learning. We find books that cover those areas and play games with her. We also talk a lot about colors, letters, and numbers when we find them in our environments.<br><br>
I think your DD will indicate if she's being challenged by her interest and/or boredom levels. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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