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Melissa and Doug Preschool Art Supplies

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What are Some of Your Favorite Nursery Rhymes?

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I’ve been trying to remember all of the nursery rhymes/kiddie songs I knew growing up. My 18mth old loves listening to them, especially the ones with hand movements. Any new or old ones would be cool!


There was a little girl that had a curl right in the middle of her forehead! and when she was good she was very good and when she was bad she was horrid!

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey when along came a spider that sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet away!

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none! This little piggy was a bad little piggy and he went wee wee weee wee wee all the way home!


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Early Childhood Education: Homework in Preschool ?

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Should there be homework in preschool? This question is an extension from another question I have asked in this forum. I babysat for my younger cousins, two girls. The older one is 4 and in preschool. Her teacher is supposed to the best. She assigns preschool  homework every night for the kids. She gives the math problems (addition & subtraction). I didn’t start doing that kind of stuff until kindergarten and 1st grade! They also have reading assignments and they have to practice writing their letters and numbers. Well naturally since I was watching her after school I made sure that her homework was done. This teacher is very strict. She wants the homework to be absolutly perfect. Perfect handwriting. No mistakes. No eraser marks. Ofcourse I won’t let my cousin turn in homework that isn’t correct. But naturally she is going to mess up and she will have to erase.

 

After about a month. My aunt tells me that she got a call from my cousins teacher saying that the preschool homework has been very sloppy. She doesn’t accept sloppiness. I got upset because, the teacher has been sending my cousins homework back with happy faces and stars. Nothing about the appearance. My aunt once sat with me while I was helping her with her homework and told my cousin what a good job she was doing. If her homework is so sloppy, why wait a month to say something? I am not an expert in early childhood education but what 4 year old, who is just starting to learn to write is going to have perfect handwriting? I am not saying that we shouldn’t have hig expectations, but should we also be realistic?

 

I am not an early childhood education expert, so I don’t know what the expectation is. Short of me doing the homework for her, I don’t know what more I could have done.  This is definately not developmentally appropiate and makes me wonder how she got to be “the best” teacher.


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