Starting preschool is an exciting milestone for your child. They will make new friends and experience lots of new things at school. Most preschoolers will need some time to adjust to their new surroundings and schedule.
Parents can help make the transition to preschool easier by doing these three simple things to prepare their child.
1. Arrange playdates with other children.
Socializing in a group setting helps kids learn how to take turns, share and cooperate. These are important skills to take with them to preschool. You may also want to enroll your child in a gymnastics or group music class.
2. Talk to your child about going to preschool.
Tell your child about the things they will be doing at school. If possible, go to the classroom and meet the preschool teacher ahead of time. Read books about starting school to your child. Do your best to let your child know what they can expect and look forward to when they go to school. Be positive!
Like me, La Petite Academy values effective socialization and enjoyable learning experiences for pre K children. Their programs provide educational and social experiences to develop well-rounded children and lifelong learners. A few that caught my personal attention include:
- The Learn as we Grow Early Preschool Curriculum for 30-42 month old children. This focuses on routines and transitions, developing independence and learning through experiencing.
- Kindergarten Prep offers additional small-group instruction and extended seatwork for children entering kindergarten in the Fall.
- Focus on Literacy! Offers in-home and at-school activities for little learners to improve their literacy and cognition
- Extracurricular activities such as music, art, gymnastics
3. Practice Separation and Establish a Goodbye Ritual
Find opportunities to practice short periods of separation. That way, your child can learn that you may go away for a little while, but you will always come back. Another way to ease separation anxiety is with a goodbye ritual. Establish a brief goodbye ritual such as a hug, kiss and saying “I love you.” When it is time to drop your child off at preschool, do the goodbye ritual you have practiced.
Do you have any tips to help prepare a child for preschool? Share them with us in the comments below.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine.