Starting preschool is a major milestone for both parents and children alike. It’s a big transition that may make you feel slightly nervous or uneasy, especially if you don’t feel as though your little one is ready. However, it also means your child is going to learn, grow, make new friends, and enjoy plenty of new experiences. To make things easier, here are some top tips to prepare your child for preschool.
Visit The Preschool
One of the best ways to get prepared is to take your little one to visit their new preschool. Most preschools will have specific days and times that you can come in and see the classroom, meet the staff, and just generally wander around. Show your child where they can hang their coat and backpack, where the restrooms are, and the classroom they’ll be in. Use this time to get excited together and answer any questions they may have about what preschool life is like.
Most children love using their imagination with a bit of pretend play, so this is a great way to act out what preschool might be like. You can pretend to be the teacher as they hang up their backpack, sit down for group time, read stories, and play games. You can even practice snack breaks or lunchtimes while teaching them the necessary social skills and etiquette that will be expected of them.
Start Your Schedule Early
You don’t need to be prepping for preschool months in advance, but it is a good idea to try out your new schedule a week or two before the big day. Practice your bedtime and morning routines, including getting ready as if you are actually going to preschool. Children learn best when routines and schedules are in place, so it’s a great time to start establishing these. By the time preschool starts, they’ll already be a pro with their schedule.
Try not to spend months preparing for preschool with your little one, as it can often feel overwhelming or become too drawn out. Instead, spend a few weeks in advance getting ready for this next big journey in their (and your) lives.