Do not have time to modern mothers enjoy the peace and quiet in connection with the appearance in the life of the kindergarten kid, as on the horizon, there is a school. And the requirements for first-graders today are not the same as they were at the time of our childhood.
The earlier the better?
Theoretically, one should start stuffing the baby with information almost from the cradle – so that he knew and remembered more towards the first class. Practically this option does not make sense at all, as I have already been convinced of more than once.
Children who showed pictures with letters from birth, and their peers who, without straining, began to learn the alphabet from the age of two, by three years had about the same knowledge. With the only difference that the mothers of the first free time was much less.
It seems to me that the learning process should interest the child, it is necessary to learn consciously, understanding what is at stake. That is why I believe that learning from the cradle has no meaning.
I began to acquaint my daughter with the letters of three years, while not pursuing the goal to prepare her for school. Closer to four years she really became interested in the alphabet – she constantly asks which letter the word begins, what is written on the sign, asks to write letters, etc.
Many of my friends have children in school, and they all say that the best option is to start preparing for school a year before joining the ranks of students. Now there are many training centers that prepare preschoolers for a fee.
You can take a three-year-old child to such courses, but this, I think, is a waste of money and time. We were at a similar trial lesson, it did not impress me at all.
It is believed that a first grader should confidently know all the letters and be able to read by syllables. We have practically no problems with letters, but we are already working on reading now, I am sure that in two years the daughter will achieve success in this matter.
As for the figures, the requirements are small – up to ten, including in the reverse order. There are no problems with this.
Also, special attention is paid to logical tasks, do not believe it, but children in the first grade even solve simple sudoku crossword puzzles! A mandatory requirement is free orientation in generalizing concepts and their components – vegetables, fruits, professions, clothing, furniture, insects, etc.
My daughters and I really like special workbooks with tasks for preparing for school. There are also tasks for attentiveness in them: to find an extra item, to find differences between the pictures, to get directions in a maze, to connect successively points into a drawing, etc.
At the age of 4, it is quite possible to acquaint children with writing. Fortunately, the notebooks are not as boring as they used to be. We sell great recipes with your favorite cartoon characters, in which, in addition to the writings (letters, numbers), there are stickers and game tasks.
Remember that the best way to conduct training sessions is to do it in a playful way. This way you can interest the child. In no case can not be forced to engage in – there may be an aversion to the acquisition of knowledge.
And, of course, as in the case of kindergarten, do not frighten the child with school! And then I recently heard on the site a phrase-threat to my mother. Here you go to school, they will make a person out of you !. Here, as they say, no comment …