Starting preschool can be difficult for both the child and the parent. I like to do lots of forecasting to help the child know what to expect. When you are able to give a child knowledge, it takes the fear away. I like pretending “school”. We get up at the correct time, get dressed, brush their teeth, eat breakfast, and make sure they take the backpack with them. I set up where they can go for the pretend school day. This could be a play date or a trip to the library for story time.
Starting preschool also means getting things like a backpack. I like to make the shopping a big deal. This is when they child gets to do all the big kid stuff. We buy a new outfit, pencils, paper etc. This helps the child to be excited about the new adventure too. DON’T let the child USE any of the new stuff! If they use the crayons and wear the outfit before the first day of preschool, then the excitement leaves. Remember that the school doesn’t want children to bring toys, it makes it REALLY hard to teach with the kids are playing, so leave those at home.
I also like starting preschool to include the habit of reading books, and practicing writing. Handwriting is an important skill, and a great way to teach letters. I always start with the letter O and i. These letters are easy to write, and the other letters build on them. These handwriting worksheets help children to practice over and over so that it becomes easy. You can print multiple copies, or put them in a sleeve protector and wipe off what the child writes. Making this homework time a daily habit is a great way to prepare kids for school
When you practice all the fun, remember to talk about some of the great things that may be scary, such as making new friends and meeting their teacher. These are big things to a little person, and if you teach your child how to make a friend, and that their teacher is someone to help them, the transition will be a lot easier.
Enjoy this preperation time with your child. It can be a way to communicate and build your relationship that can continue for a life time. Remember whenever you are teaching your to make it fun, because when they’re laughing, they’re learning so always Teach With Giggles. Written by Raeann Hansen 2019