As we start getting ready for Weston to head back to school, I had to review our 5 ways to make starting preschool easier to put my mind at ease. Even though he’s been to preschool before, I’ve discovered a few more things that have made the transition easier!
5 More Ways to Make Starting Preschool Easier
So we’re starting to work on preparing him for his first day. When we’re out shopping for new things like his new backpack, we talk about how he needs the new backpack for his new school. I’m hoping my enthusiasm will be contagious and help us get through that first day! But there are a few other things I’ve been doing or plan on doing soon!
1. Read Books About Preschool
There are tons of books out there about heading to preschool. Make sure you read books to your child about the process of going to preschool and what that will be like for them. Explain to your child that their experience may be a little different but still similar as the stories. I used to read books about the first day of school to my new students on the first day of school. It always seemed to help break the ice. Reading books about going to school is also a great way to start talking with your younger ones about what school might look like!
Our favorite is The Night Before Preschool! (affiliate link)
2. Encourage Independence
Your child’s preschool teacher won’t be able to do everything for them. If your child is at home a lot, they might be used to having a lot of your attention. Spending time helping your child learn about doing some things on their own is great for encouraging independence. Explain the difference between what’s okay to do on their own, what’s not okay, and what they should ask for help with.
3. Visit the New Preschool
Visiting the preschool your child will be attending is so important. Even though Weston has gone to his school before, I’m happy that they have a Meet the Teacher night so he can get familiar again and know which classroom is his this year.
4. Give Some Space
You can’t always be on top of your child when they are in the learning process. Make sure you give them some space while they’re busy learning. This will also help encourage that bit of independence you want them to have for school. Get them started in a fun learning activity and then let them explore! It’s also great for skills like problem solving.
One thing Weston and I often do is play with blocks. I’ll play with him for a while and talk about shapes and colors, then I’ll let him play on his own and get really creative! It’s similar to what he might do when he’s at school. He also loves to spend time on his own drawing and coloring. It’s great practice for school!
5. Enjoy the Moment
You can’t dwell on your child going to preschool. Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the time you have with them. And your happiness and excitement will rub off on them. It will make the transition easier (or I’m hoping it will because it’s the approach I’m going with) for both of you. And think about the amazing things they will come home and tell you about their day at school!
Heading to preschool is a huge step for both the parents and the child. Don’t be upset if you find that you are upset!
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