Every parent wants their child to succeed academically, but what can you do as a…
It’s never too early to consider your child’s education. According to UNICEF, more than 200 million children under five years are not meeting their developmental milestones. That’s why preschool is vital to support your child’s development and get them on the right path to education. Here are some tips that can help you during the process of preparing your child for preschool.
1. Talk to your Child about School
What better way to get your child ready for preschool than by talking to your child about school, the friends he will meet, and the fun activities that will take place there. Even if your child may not fully understand what you are talking about yet, they will recall those significant conversations when the first day of preschool arrives.
2. Check the School Together
Before attending preschool, why not schedule a tour and go check it out along with your child? Walk around the preschool area and have some fun on the playground. Visit the different spaces during the tour so your child can begin to familiarize with the environment.
3. Plan a Special Goodbye
During the first day of preschool, it will be hard for you and your child to say goodbye. However, you can plan a special goodbye routine that is meaningful to both of you. You can sing a little going away tune or have a special handshake or high five to help give them the confidence they need on their first day. Whatever you do, it is important to let them know you will be back.
4. Keep Things Fun
Whether arrival takes place in-person or through car drop-off, it is important to keep those leading up moments fun. When picking up your child, encourage your child to tell you about his school day, the friends he played with and the activities he did. One way to do this is by telling them first about your day. Whatever you do, avoid interrogating and try to keep the dialogue natural and exciting.
5. Reassure Them
Your child may be afraid to say goodbye to you. After all, if they’re used to being around you all the time, getting dropped off at a strange place may be an adjustment. Reassure them that you will return to pick them up, make sure to say bye (never sneak out), show confidence and trust your child’s teachers. These are small tips, but they can really make a positive difference during the home-school transition process.
The recommendation provided above can help you prepare your child for that first day of preschool. Before you know it, your child will be fully comfortable and benefiting from a great early education. Contact us today for a tour to learn about our preschool.