Preschool is an important time in a child’s live. Chances are, this will be the first time the 3 or 4 year old has been away from mom or dad regularily for any length of time during the day. Preschool can be a trying time for the parent as well as the child, so 5 practical tips to prepare you and your child for preschool:
1) Role Play ~ Practice the morning routine of getting ready for preschool all the way through dropping them off and picking them up. This will help the child to understand what is going to happen. It’s often the unknown that causes fear and anxiety for little ones.
2) A Kissing Hand ~ Reading books that relate to a child going to school is a simple way to help a child prepare. One of our favorite books is called The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. Our daughter enjoys having us kiss her hand and just like the book, she says she can put the kissing hand to her heart whenever she is feeling afraid and she knows that we are not far away.
3) Special Shopping ~ A week or two before the start of preschool plan a special shopping trip for just you and your preschooler. Look together for a special backpack or lunch bag that they will get to bring with them. This gives the child something to look forward to.
4) Pack a Pal ~ Tell your child that they can bring a favorite small toy or stuffed friend that can camp out in their backpack while they are at preschool. Even though they may not be able to have it in the class, the comfort of knowing it is close by often helps give the child the confidence they need to stay at preschool without mommy or daddy.
5) Be Patient ~ As a parent it can be really frustrating if thing do not go exactly as planned. Stay calm even if your child is having a hard time adjusting to the new routine. Stay consistent and do not give up. Before you know it your child will adjust and enjoy going to preschool.
I’m curious to know: What advice do you have for moms prepping for preschool?