If your kiddo is starting preschool this fall, it might be both scary and exciting! This is a big transition and it is important to do a few things beforehand to make sure your child is ready for their new adventure in preschool. You can ease the transition into preschool with thoughtful preparation and routine. Click To Tweet
Preparing Your Child For Preschool
There are many ways you can get your child ready at home before starting school, and it can be extremely helpful in making sure their first day of school (and the rest of the year) go great. Here are a few top tips for making your child ready for preschool.
Schedules & Routines
Before your child starts school, it is a great idea to get them on a set schedule and routine. They will be expected to follow a schedule at school, so helping them understand the concept and what is expected of them helps get them ready for what will be required of them. Waking up and bedtime, meals, washing hands, and addressing toilet needs can all be worked into a schedule before school starts to help get them ready.
Giving your child various chores around the house will help get your child ready for preschool. Not only does doing daily chores help mom and dad around the house, but it also teaches self-help skills and how to follow directions, too. Allow them some independence when they are completing their chores to also help boost their self-confidence.
Learn to Share Attention
Many preschoolers are used to being the center of attention. Learning to share attention is very important to early childhood education. Do not let your child demand attention if you are in the middle of something important. A good idea is to set up a playtime with other families to encourage socialization. Learning to share attention builds patience and how to share.
Playing pretend preschool is another way to help your child be prepared for their first day of preschool. Read books about preschool to help them understand what they can expect. Practice using scissors and glue and colors. Set up recess time, play games, and nap time–just like they would at preschool. Reassure your child that they will be safe at preschool and it is fun to learn.
Fine Tune Motor Skills
Fine-tuning your child’s motor skills prior to them attending preschool is a wonderful idea. This is easily achieved with craft projects that include fine motor skills, such as cutting, coloring, and gluing. Playing with play-doh helps with dexterity and hand strength and prepares them for writing and other preschool enrichment activities.
Many preschoolers experience separation anxiety when they first begin preschool. To help your little one get ready for being separated from mom or dad, set up an overnight outing with grandparents or family friends. The benefits are tremendous and not only will your child feel more comfortable about being away from you, but the kids can have a super-fun overnight adventure!
Get a Sneak Peek
Letting your soon-to-be-preschooler tour their new school and meet the preschool teachers is an outstanding way to prepare your child for preschool. Give them a chance to see the playground and how much fun all the kids are having. Take a moment to explain what is going to happen there, like story times, learning time and other preschool activities and if they are able, possibly introduce them to some kids so they can have some new friends when they get there.
Preparing for Preschool
It is normal to feel mixed emotions when your child is finally ready for preschool, but with the above tips, you can make sure your child (and you) are ready for this big milestone. By starting preparation a few weeks before school starts will let your child transition without issue.
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