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Supporting Independent Skills in Preschoolers

Jenna Ssemujju, RPS PreK Educator

Children are learning and growing each day. As they grow, some children want to do things for themselves and others want their parents or caregivers to continue to do things for them. As adults, we may tend to want to do things for them, to help them. 

Independence is a skill we learn and practice in preschool and at home. It's a skill where your child is being active in their learning rather than passive. They get to learn how to work out the answers for themselves, rather than being told.

Do you remember learning how to ride a bicycle? Or learning how to play an instrument? You need practice, practice, practice! This is how independent skills are learned, too. You may hear your child say, “I can’t,” “Can you do it for me,” or “I’m tired.” This is normal, and with continued practice and encouragement, your child will build their confidence and independence.

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While many children love to curl up on the laps of their favorite reader, some don’t like to slow down long enough to enjoy a nice story. Reading gives children a chance to expand their vocabulary and hear about concepts that they may not normally encounter—and they don’t have to sit still to hear it!

female child reading picture book while pointing with fingers

Sensory play can be a fun and educational way to engage your child in learning. This simple goop recipe can be easily made at home and used to foster learning in a number of ways. Here are some fun ways to engage your child with your homemade goop!

female child reading picture book while pointing with fingers

Taking the time to notice and join in with your children's interests is also a great way to support their learning as the school year begins again. Since there is no one way to learn, ask your child’s teacher for ways that you can support what goes on in the classroom at home using the activities that your child is naturally drawn to.

Supporting Independent Skills in Preschoolers

Independence is a skill we learn and practice in preschool and at home. It's a skill where your child is being active in their learning rather than passive. They get to learn how to work out the answers for themselves, rather than being told.