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Important milestones for preschoolers

August 15, 2013
By Sue Junge , Times-Republican

Many of you will have children starting preschool very soon. What an exciting time for your child! Sending them to a quality preschool program prepares them for kindergarten and for the years to follow. Parents often are curious as to what their children should be learning and what is important for them in order to be successful when they start school. Preschool may look like all fun and games (music, story time, dancing, art), but there's an intense amount of brain work involved as well. Young children learn through play and creative activity, so your preschooler's building blocks and train tracks aren't just entertaining; they're teaching problem solving and physics. Preschool is also a time for developing good learning habits and positive self-esteem. If children feel good about themselves and know how to feel proud even if they make a mistake, everything else will fall into place. Cheer children's successes at this stage but also allow them to fail; they move on and learn from it for the next time. Here are the important learning milestones children will typically achieve in preschool, with tips for helping your child stay on track at home.



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