November Preschool Activities

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year!  Especially in preschool – and maybe with coffee flavors!  We are exploring pumpkins, reading books about scarecrows, turkeys, and family. For October we had a blast with Go Away Big Green Monster and Glad Monster Sad Monster. In November some of our favorite Fall activities …

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Educational Toys that are Fun in the Kitchen!

Birthday Party with Life-like Cake Throwing pretend parties and serving slices of cake develops crucial social and speech skills. Cutting cake with the serving tool refines fine motor skills and teaches counting, shapes, and fractions. Includes 5 pieces of cake, 5 candles, serving tool, cake platter, and happy birthday decoration. Great value!!!   Children can decorate …

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Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities

One of our 3-year-old girls reading to the class!  I LOVE my job!  Kids enjoy playing “teacher!” Did you know that there is a preschool for children with identified delays or disabilities?  Ages start as early as 2 years & 10 months and go through age 5.  (until the child starts Kindergarten)    And it’s …

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What can I do if my 3 year old is delayed in some areas?

My 3-year-old is not doing what other 3 year old’s are able to do, who should I talk to?

  1.  Keep in mind that not all children develop every skill at the same time.  Unless your child is significantly behind the majority of other 3 year old’s at daycare or in your family, don’t get too worried.
  2. Developmental milestones:  walking, talking, understanding speech from others, identifying some colors, recognizing familiar people/objects in pictures, singing simple songs…..don’t happen at an exact age. However, based on widely accepted data, there is a range of ages where each milestone should be developing and then mastered.
  3. Share your concerns with a developmental pediatrician and ask him/her to screen your child.  “Johnny isn’t talking yet, just points and makes noises.  He might say a few words but isn’t able to express what he really wants.  I notice he is also not sitting and looking at a book or watching a show for more than 1 or 2 minutes before he has lost interest.  I can’t get him to repeat simple songs like, ” Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.””
  4. Contact your local school district or the early childhood agency your doctor refers you to and ask for an evaluation. In Arizona  Child Find is a good place to start if you still aren’t sure.

Here are resources and contact information, as well as, recommended items/toys to have at home that help children develop fine motor, speech and social skills.

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