You are making a good choice sending your child to preschool, as it will get them ready for kindergarten. If your child has never been away from you or has never been to a daycare, you can help get them ready. This will help things go easier for them, as well as you. Below are some tips that you should find helpful.
Start the Morning Routine Early
Your child has likely been able to sleep in as long as they wanted. Even though they probably already get up early, they will not have to worry about rushing about to get out the door on time. Start about a week ahead of time getting them up at the same time each morning, getting them dressed, eating breakfast, and getting their things together. This can help them get into a routine so there will not be a lot of stress on the first day.
Plan Social Activities
If your child has been home with you since they've been born, you need to make sure they can work well with other children. They need to learn how to share and how to be respectful. Try to set up play dates with other children in the neighborhood, or enroll them in a tumbling class.
Use Pretend Play
Start out being the teacher with your child as the student. Act out common routines, such as what they will do when they arrive in the morning, taking off their coat, having story time, and taking naps. Let your child be the teacher and you be the student to make it fun.
Teach Them to Do Things on Their Own
Your child should be able to do some things on their own, such as taking their coat on and off each morning, putting up their backpack, putting their shoes off and on, using the toilet, washing their hands, and using utensils during lunchtime. If your child does not have these skills, practice with them each day until they learn them.
There are many books for children about starting daycare that you and your child can read together. Go to the library and let them choose the books they want to read. Your child will have the opportunity to express their fears and ask you questions. Make sure some of the books you read together are about a child's first day of preschool and how they felt. Knowing other kids are likely feeling the way they do can help them.
Visit the preschool ahead of time with your child and spend time there. Knowing what to expect when they walk through the door on the first day can ease their fear. Contact a business, such as the Foundations Child Development Center Inc, for more information.
After I graduated from high school, I went straight to college, even though I was very unsure of what career field I wanted to enter. I completed my four years and earned a degree that helped me secure a job relatively quickly. However, I soon learned that the career I chose was unfulfilling for me, but the thought of going back to learn something new just seemed too overwhelming. I wanted to enter the field of healthcare, and one day I got a flyer in the mail from a local nursing school that offered certificate programs that only took a year to complete. I felt like it was "fate," and I was soon enrolled in evening classes. I really like helping others, so I want to help others make good educational decisions. I plan to post tips for people of all ages on my new education blog!