Weston is headed back to school in September so I’ve definitely got starting preschool on the brain. I want to make our transition as easy as I can. I’ve found the school that I think will be a great fit for our family but it will still be a change for him. I want to make sure he is prepared for the both the transition and the learning that he will be doing.
5 Ways to Make Starting Preschool Easier
I think the keys to making any transition easier for kids is to make sure they are prepared physically and emotionally. I know I can’t prepare Weston for everything that might happen but I can do my best to make things a bit easier by doing just a few things. While I don’t “teach” him at home, I do like to do activities that encourage learning without being formal.
1. Make it Fun
Whenever you make learning fun, it’s always better for your child. This is how I ran my classroom when I was teaching and how I approach learning at home. I also found a school that takes a similar approach. You don’t have to yell, scream, plead or cry for your child to learn. Take the time to make it fun and it’ll be a memorable experience for both of you. Sure, there will be things W has to do at school that he might not think are fun but for the most part, learning should be fun because kids learn better that way!
2. Read Every Day
It never hurts to read and you can never read too much. We started reading daily with the kids when they first came home from the birthing center. One of the easiest ways to prepare your child for school is by reading to him or her every day. It helps no matter how young or old they are and can help them develop a love for reading! You can even create a bag of books to carry around wherever you go. We have one in the car that has come in handy when we’re stuck in the car waiting for something or happen to be early getting somewhere.
3. Pretend Play
When you are teaching your child or preparing them for preschool, never be afraid to let them pretend play. This is also something great you can be a part of as well. It is one of my favorite things about watching W grow up a bit. I miss my chubby little baby but I love getting a glimpse into his world and experiencing his imagination. It’s such a fun and easy way to help him learn!
4. ABC’s and 123’s
If your child already has their numbers and letters down, that’s great, but they will need continued practice. You’d be surprised at what a little one can forget in just a week. You don’t need to be too crazy about the process, but they should get in practice a couple of times a week. We love to practice letters and numbers by singing songs and reading books. We love to count items to practice numbers. We even practice sorting and other skills with toys. It’s just play to W but is helping him build valuable skills for school.
5. Be Hands-On
A lot of preschoolers use hands-on activities while in the classroom. You can prepare your child for this by doing crafts, using scissors, coloring, building blocks, and more. I will admit that I was afraid to do art and crafts with Weston for a while. I knew it would be so messy. But taking the leap and planning hands-on projects for us has been some of the most fun! And I know he will be prepared for these activities when he runs into them at school.
Anything you can do to help your child learn while having fun is something that will help them be prepared for preschool! So don’t be afraid to jump in and help them learn! When the first day of preschool arrives you’ll be happy you did!