25/08/2022 18:49 PM IST
Preschool is an exciting time for any kid. However, it can also be a bit overwhelming for your child and their family. When your child first arrives at preschool, they aren't used to the new sights, sounds, and activities; they may have lots of questions about their new environment. Some might get really nervous. That's why it's important you prepare your child for preschool by taking some time to understand their needs, habits, and personality.
Here are eight simple steps you can take to help make the transition from baby to grade-ready preschooler:
1. Build a routine
Your child will have a new routine at preschool, so it's important that they slowly change the existing routine. It can be as simple as waking up at the same time each morning and eating breakfast. Don't rush your child into their new routine. Start with a few easy changes so as to make the transitions as smooth as possible.
2. Visit Your Pre-school Together
To help ease the transition from home to a nursery or playgroup, take your child on lots of visits to public places where they can experience new sights and sounds. Kids will quickly figure out that the world is different from what they've experienced at home.
Try to visit the preschool a day before it starts. Explore classrooms together, play around and try to meet the teachers. This will help children be familiar with school from day one.
3. Making New Friends
Your child may have a few friends they play with at home. However to make new friends in preschool may also need a little hand holding Interacting with other parents and arranging a playdate with class mates outside preschool will help your child to be more settled in preschool. Preschool is the ideal time to meet new friends and encourage an active social life.
4. Play-school At Home
Pretend play can help your child become familiar with the format of preschool, like playing out scenarios such as story time, singing songs, and nap time.
Alternatively, you can switch things up and have your child play the role of teacher. This will help your child view school as a fun place and reduce anxiety on the first day.
5. Turn Getting-Ready Skills into a Fun Game
Kids love games, so why not turn some of your child's getting-ready skills into a game?
For example, if your child loves to brush teeth, turn brushing teeth into a game. This helps your child gradually be independent into getting ready.
6. Share Your Personal Experience
Children often like to emulate their parents. As you help your child prepare for preschool - be it a playgroup, nursery, Sr. KG or Jr. KG, one of the best things you can do is share your preschool experience and how fun and enjoyable it was. Show them old photographs and share memories of your preschool to help them loosen up.
7. Listen To What Your Child Has To Say
As you help your child prepare for preschool, try to understand how they feel about going to the preschool. Listen to your child.
One of the best ways to make this happen is to talk with your child about their day. Ask them what they like about their day and what they'd like to change. If the child is still not opening up you can get share how your day was, this will encourage the child to do the same with you. This can help you figure out what your child needs and wants.
8. Ready Your Good-bye Ritual
When there comes a time for your child to leave for preschool, it can be a very emotional moment. Try to keep the parting away part quick and positive reassure your child to see them again.
To comfort them further you can have a special ritual: good-bye kiss or hug. This can help ease your child into the moment and make sure they're prepared for the preschool.
Preschool is a time when kids learn new skills and explore the world around them.
However, it can be challenging for kids to adjust to the changes and new rules that come with being in school.
That's why it's important to prepare your child for preschool by taking some time to understand their needs, habits, and personality.
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