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Chapter 8. Managing the Preschool Years > Weighing Activity Options for Prescho...

Weighing Activity Options for Preschoolers

Back in Chapter 6, “Participating in Enrichment Activities,” we discussed ways to select the structured activities in which each member of your family will participate. The same process you worked through in that chapter will help you sort through the options for your preschooler. For your convenience, we'll repeat the questionnaire you filled out in Chapter 6 (with some minor modifications) in Table 8.1.

Table 8.1. Should You Involve Your Preschooler in an Enrichment Activity?
Answer the question on behalf of your child.Enter the number of your answer
a. Do you want to find out if your preschooler will like the activity?
  1. No

  2. Yes

  3. Already know your child will like it

 
b. Does something about it interest your child?
  1. No

  2. Don't know

  3. Yes

 
c. Does it sound like fun?
  1. No

  2. Yes

 
d. Will participating in the activity make your child a more well-rounded person (for example, add physical activity to an inactive lifestyle, expand the child's knowledge)?
  1. No

  2. Yes

 
e. Will the activity help your child attain a goal (for example, physical fitness,improved coordination)?
  1. 1. No

  2. 2. Maybe

  3. 3. Yes

 
f. Do you and your child like the people involved with the activity?
  1. No

  2. Don't know

  3. Yes

 
Total 
Scoring: 
5–7Don't spend your time on it. 
8–10Try it if it fits easily into your family's and preschooler's schedules. 
11–13Try to work it into your schedules. 
14–16Give it priority over other choices. 



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