Preparing Your Child For Preschool

Preparing Your Child For Preschool

10 Nov 2021 | 5 min Read


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If your child is ready to start preschool this coming school year, you may be conflicted. You will probably be excited about the fun your child will have, and you may feel sad that your baby is venturing out into the world without you. These mixed emotions are emotional, and your child also must be having a host of emotions. So, to let your child for preparing for preschool, continue reading this article.

What Is The Perfect Age To Start Preschooling?

The majority of preschools begin enrolling children between the ages of 3 to 4.

There are a lot of things you can do a week before to get ready for the first day of school. But try to keep these efforts low key because your child may feel more worried than excited. Here are some ideas to keep your child excited for his first day of preschool teaching.

How To Prepare Your Child For Preschool

1. Talk To Your Child About The Change

Talk to your child about school in an evident approach. Let your child know what will happen in school, and he will meet new people and make new friends. Also, gently prepare him because mom and dad will not be there with him at school. Although don’t ‘over prepare’ your child, that may lead to anxiety in the child.

2. Fix Sleep Habits

If your child is not habitual of going to bed on time and thus waking up late, now is the time to make him do that. Initially, kids require some extra time to adjust to a new routine, and it is always a good idea to make them sleep early so they wake up happy and fresh the following day. On school days, it is always good to wake your child early to get enough time to prepare himself for school. A sleepy child always ends up cranky and irritable in school.

3. Make Time For Reading

Make sure you teach reading habits to your child. It helps to develop a love for reading in kids. Reading also enhances a child’s vocabulary and provides them with the rich language needed for communication and confidence in school. It’s always an excellent idea to read a book with your child during bedtime.

4. Toilet Training

Toilet training becomes essential when your child is set to go to preschool. Initially, using diapers is okay, but let your child do without getting dependent on diapers. Let your child speak when he feels the urge to go to the toilet. Do not let him think utterly reliant on diapers.

5. Help Your Child Become Independent

Before sending your child to preschool teaching, it is vital to let him be independent on his basic chores like clearing the plate from the table, a tidy up routine after play, pulling out books to read from the bookshelf etc. Also, teach your child how to fold a handkerchief, stack blocks, button up a shirt, wear socks, wear shoes (use velcro shoes) etc. Also, let the child eat on his own. Finger foods are a great way to encourage them to feed themselves. Initiate teaching them how to use a spoon or a fork to lift food from their plate.

6. Visit Together

Plan to visit your child’s new school together before their first day if you are able. Explore the classroom and play on the playground together. This way, when kids arrive on the first day of school, it will be a familiar environment.

7. Play School Together At Home

To assist your child in adjusting to preschoolers’ thoughts, engage them in pretend play. Act out various routines like reading, singing songs, and nap time. This will help your kid experience school as an enjoyable place to go and lessen worry on the first day.

8. Listen To Your Child

Listen to your child’s sentiments about going to school, and tell them that feeling thrilled, anxious, or any other emotion is normal. Finally, speak about what those routines will be like after the day.

9. Create A Good Routine

Start practicing the new bedtime and wake-up time with your kid. This will be good for waking up for their preschool teaching when they begin. And this will also allow your child to get a decent night’s sleep and a wake-up time that will let neither of you to hurry in the morning. 

10. Talk About Your Experience

Share with your child about the first day of preschool,  how you felt, and the unique memories you made. Find preschool photos of yourself or other trusted adults your kid knows and talk about them with them if you can.

Lastly, separation anxiety is normal for both parents and children. The initial few days may turn into teary goodbyes and a bit of a struggle but don’t worry, be patient and positive. Once your child settles down, goodbyes will be happy for sure.

So, breathe, relax and enjoy this fascinating new phase in your child’s life.

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