Adjusting to preschool can be tough, even for kids who spent time in daycare, but especially for kids who have been at home with mom or dad. Here are some tips to help you ease the transition for your child.
1. Talk it up – Start early making preschool seem like some fun adventure that your child is lucky to start. Show your “envy” and explain how you wish you could go. Talk about where your child will be going, the teacher, and what he’ll be doing. That said…
2. Don’t over prepare – Talking about it early is good, but don’t turn it into some huge life event that will change everything or you’ll just cause stress. Start mentioning it about two weeks before in an upbeat way. Let your child know what to expect and how much fun it will be.
3. Check out the school ahead of time – It’s a great idea to visit the school while it’s in session so you can introduce your child to the teacher. Let your child explore the room, playground and campus. Explain what happens in each area so it all feels familiar when school really starts.
4. Stay strong through separation anxiety – Expect a few tears during the first few weeks. Stay positive so your child doesn’t pick up on your fears. When you drop your child off, reassure him/her that you’ll come back, and then leave without turning back. Once your child adjusts to school, it will be much easier. You could also create a goodbye ritual that you start using before school starts so even that is familiar.
5. Start a reading ritual – Most schools have set period of time for reading each day. Start one yourself at home. In the middle of the day, sit down on the floor and read something together. Read aloud and use engaging voices.
6. Practice listening skills – Part of school is sitting still and listening to the teacher. You can teach your child some skills by making these requests before the term starts. Ask your child to sit down and tell you the different sounds he hears around him. Play games where you give simple directions and have him follow them, like Follow the Leader.
7. Set a daily schedule – Having a schedule to follow every day can make it easier to make the transition to school time, when we’re all forced to follow a pattern. Set regular times for wake up, chores, reading, outside play, eating and bedtime.
8. Offer plenty of social opportunities – School means lots of interaction with other kids, so give them opportunities to practice their social skills in smaller settings beforehand. Set up play dates where you plan activities and give them some unstructured time.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
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