4 Ways to Help Prepare Your Child For Preschool

4 Ways to Help Prepare Your Child For Preschool

Starting preschool can be difficult for both the student and parent. There are so many new people and your child is going to have lots of opportunities to learn very quickly. You don’t know how your child will react and you worry about whether you are doing the right thing. Overall, the experience has the potential to become overwhelming.

To help with the adjustment for both parents and students here is a list of thing you can do before your child starts preschool that will help smooth the transition.  

Schedule

Before your child starts preschool, make sure they have a set schedule. The time they are in preschool will be structured and you don’t want that to be a curveball your child has to learn to deal with on the go. An easy way to establish schedules is with morning and evening routines.  

Morning – have a set time that you wake up in the morning. Does your child get dressed before they sit down to eat breakfast or is it breakfast and then get ready for the day? These are things you can decide as their parent, just try and be consistent.

Evening – Sit down dinners are something you can plan for your family as part of your evening routine. This is a great time for your child to learn new vocabulary as they listen to their parents chat about their day. Bedtime routines can include bathtime, playing with a parent, reading books, singing songs, getting PJs on, brushing teeth, and tucking in.

Work on Motor Skills

A great way to help your child work on their motor skills is coloring. Sit down with them and let them create with colors and paper. This will exercise their fine motor skills and their imagination. You could also help your child to play with playdough. Hiding beans in the soft clay gives your kid a reason to dig through the clay and strengthen their fingers.

Read

Reading to your child daily will help them start matching their spoken language with their written language. Sometimes they may want the same story read 3 times in a row. Just remember that this phase in their life is short and try and make the most of it while it lasts.

Visit the School

If you’re worried that your child will have a hard time in a new place, contact your preschool for a visit. Most preschools will be more than happy to have you and your child come by and do a walkthrough. This will give you a chance to talk your child through the new experience they are about to have and help ease any concerns that might be bubbling.

Playdates

Playing is a large part of how young children learn. Setting up play dates for your child so they can learn social interaction before going to preschool will be very beneficial for them. This will give them a chance to practice sharing and communicating with children their own age.

Don’t stress too much about your child going off to preschool. This is just one more important step in their development and learning. They’ll do you great! And you’ll do great too.

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