How can you make the transition to preschool smoother and less stressful for your child? It’s a major milestone that both parents and kids must acknowledge ahead of time. Preschool is a major milestone in the life of a young toddler. Conflicting emotions may emerge, which is why it’s up to you to help him overcome them. It’s ok to be sad, and be a little uncomfortable about letting your child exit the comfort of his home and venture into the big world. In the following lines we’ll talk more about how to prepare your toddler, and get him ready for preschool.
Explore the idea of preschool with pretend play
To make sure your toddler is ready to go to preschool, it’s best to prepare him in advance. Play together in the house, and take turns. Be the teacher and act out regular activities that happen in the class; such as singing songs, playing outside, reading stories, and taking naps. Reassure the toddler that everything will be ok, and that preschool is a beautiful place filled with kids and fun activities. Make sure to answer all of his questions to help relieve anxiety and stress.
Reading stories about preschool
To make the transition even smoother, invest in books related to preschool. Read stories together, but make sure to do it ahead of time. Start in the middle of the summer, to get the child used to the idea. Ask about their feelings, and be patient. Not all kids are excited about going to school. Some of them may believe they won’t be able to handle common tasks, such as fastening their shoes or unzipping their coats. The stories you read to them should be educational, inspiring and motivating. Choose wisely.
Visit the school together
Talk to the school teacher and plan a visiting day together. Make an appointment to come check out the place, and take a tour. This way, your toddler will become used to the environment. Spend some time in the playground areas; explore the classes, and the backyard. Do this at least 3 times in the summer to instill a sense of curiosity, and make your toddler want to go.
Pay attention to your child’s concerns
Your toddler may have concerns, and that’s perfectly natural. Make time to listen to their concerns, and reassure him that you’ll be there daily to pick them up from school. In general, most kids fear that they won’t be liked by their teacher. To clear things out, you might want to consider meeting with the teacher before school starts. This way, he’ll get to know the person and assess whether or not they feel comfortable in their presence.
To streamline the process, it’s best to explain the child why feelings like fear, sadness, and excitement are normal. It’s important to let them share their worries, so that you can find a way to amend them. Talk about the feeling of missing you while they’re in preschool. Reassure them that you’ll be with them every step of the way. If they feel the need to call you and hear your voice, they can do it daily.
Preparations – the day before preschool
It’s the day before preschool, and it’s time to get ready. Go shopping with your toddler, and let them pick the backpack of their choice. Giving them the freedom to make their own picks, so that they feel in charge and have a reassured sense of control. This will help them grow up independent, and aware of their decisions.
After you get home, label all the items, including the toys, backpacks, jacket, etc with your toddler’s name. Get in touch with the preschool or private tutor and mention any health conditions your child has (if any). Discuss about transportation to the school, taking the school bus, or driving every day with the car.
Last but not least, make sure to put your toddler to bed early in the evening. In fact, he/she should already have a schedule. It might take you some time, and they might feel nervous the night before, but it’s up to you to reassure them that everything will be ok.
About the author
Jason Phillips is a blogger and writes various articles on education. He also writes for smiletutor who provides home tuitions in Singapore. He loves to go swimming and reading books in his leisure time.
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