If your child hasn’t already started school, chances are that they will be this week or next. Those entering preschool, in particular, have a range of emotions during this time. They’re excited to make new friends and learn new things. On the other hand, there’s a bit of an unknown factor of what to expect. In this blog post, we will provide some tips for how to make sure your child is ready for their first day of preschool.
- Prepare them at home – Parents can’t exactly replicate the classroom experience to a tee. That said, they can create a good idea of what their child will find when he or she gets to class. Consider reading a few books together about what preschool is like. Another great idea is to find at least one of their future classmates. That way, you can arrange play dates and allow your child to get more comfortable with someone they will spend a good deal of time with soon. Keep in mind that many local preschools also offer a “preview” visit in which your child can interact with teachers, aides, and other students in a classroom setting.
- Start adjusting their schedule – If you haven’t done so already, adjust your child’s sleep schedule so that they wake up ready to go to school every day. Don’t forget about making sure they eat a good breakfast, too! The last thing you want is your child going to an uncertain environment on an empty stomach.
- Encourage them to bring a transitional object – Even preschoolers who love going to school often have to cope with being away from home and their parents for a certain amount of time. To make this transition as seamless as possible, consider packing their favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Their security object doesn’t necessarily have to be soft and cuddly, though. Maybe it’s the book you read to them at night, an appropriate toy, or something else. By having a transitional object with them, your child will still have a piece of the family with them throughout the day.
- Get a quality lunch bag – For full-day preschool, a nutritious lunch is essential. So do yourself a favor by purchasing a quality lunch tote that’s lightweight and insulated. Our preschool teachers recommend using different-size containers for each meal component. For example, maybe you use a larger one for sandwiches and smaller ones for fruits/vegetables and snacks.
- Prepare yourself for the first day goodbye – Yes, you read that correctly. Far too many parents make the mistake of staying with their child in the classroom for an extended period of time on the first day. Come in, put your child’s lunch in their cubby, give them a hug and kiss, say goodbye, and be on your way. It may sound a bit rushed, but it’s important to start this routine as soon as possible so it becomes a habit.
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At Tiny Turtles Preschool, we’re so excited to kick off another school year! Our staff offers preschool education that will provide the academic foundation for your child. From pre kindergarten to after-school child care, see why Tiny Turtles is such an easy choice for parents and students alike.
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