Preschool is a crucial stage in a child’s life, but it can also be a major milestone for parents. For many parents, it is the first time they are away from their child for the whole day. Occasionally this can cause worry, however, there is no need. Preschool teachers understand how to make transitions easier for both you and your child.
Leading up to preschool is the perfect time to begin to teach your child lessons such as manners, discipline, and responsibility. Once they enter school they will further develop their social skills and work to become ready for kindergarten. Here are some things you can do to prepare your toddler for preschool:
How to Prepare Your Child for School
If you are looking to enroll your child in preschool, here are some tips to make the transition smoother for both of you:
- Include books about preschool in storytime
- Explore the playground at your new preschool together
- Work on fine motor skills with Play-doh
- Set up a morning and bedtime routine
- Practice leaving your child with a family member
- Listen to your child’s worries
- Help them practice putting on jackets and zipping up backpacks
- Set up play dates or join a neighborhood playgroup
The Weeks Leading up to Preschool
While you want to make sure that your child is ready for preschool, you don’t need to talk about it months in advance. This can create confusion and separation anxiety, so it is important to find a balance. About two weeks before the first day, establish and stick to a bedtime and wake-up time. Practice a daily schedule that includes waking up, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, and getting dressed on time. Have fun letting your child pick out their backpack, lunchbox, school clothes, and other supplies. This allows them to have more control over the preparation process.
Leading up to the first day of school, give your child time to ask questions about what it’s like and share your own experience. It is helpful if you have older children who have just been through the transition to preschool. Books like Natasha Wing’s “The Night Before Preschool” are perfect for creating excitement and easing your child’s worries about starting school.
A Walk Through the First Day
- If your preschool allows it, bring along a comfort object
- Take your child to the classroom and introduce them to their teacher
- Give your child a hug and a kiss, but don’t prolong the goodbye (the longer the goodbye, the harder the separation)
- Make a goodbye routine and tell your child what time you will be back
- Be positive and upbeat
- Plan to pick your child up early
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