Last week I talked about the importance of a preschool education. We’ve established that the skills and knowledge that are acquired or developed are very important to future academic success. But, what if you don’t have access to a good preschool, can’t afford it financially or simply don’t want to send your child to one? Fortunately, more and more valuable resources are becoming available to help parents prepare their children at home for kindergarten and beyond.

First, be sure to look through our preschool and homeschool sections here on Plaza Familia, where you’ll find lots of ideas to help you teach your preschooler basic skills like number and letter recognition, colors, shapes and more.

For their social-emotional development, PBS Kids will soon be launching a new series based on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The new series is called Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and features many of the characters from Fred Rogers’ show. It is the first series designed specifically for preschoolers and will focus on providing the tools for children to manage their emotions and express them in a positive and productive manner. Their interactive website is has already launched, so be sure to check it out. The first show airs on Monday, Sept 3rd.

Another fantastic resource that is launching this fall is ReadyRosie, a new bilingual online school readiness program. Through daily emails, parents can learn activities to do with their children up to 4 years of age to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. ReadyRosie is working with school districts to make the program available for free to parents. And the best part of this program is that the information is available on short two-minute videos that can be viewed in English OR Spanish! You can read more about the program here, or just visit their website and watch the introductory video.

Parents can also explore full-immersion Spanish apps for their preschoolers, like Kandoobi Animales, which focuses on expanding vocabulary, spelling, and developing fine motor skills by introducing children to over 100 domestic and wild animals through four different games.

So if a traditional preschool is not in your child’s future, rest easy knowing that there are resources available to help you prepare your son or daughter at home.

Happy teaching!



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