The first day of preschool is right around the corner, and now is the time to begin preparing your child for preschool.
Here are some tips to help make that big day a little bit easier.
Let them visit before hand
This is SO important. Even if your child has attended the same daycare where he will be attending preschool, visiting before hand is crucial.
Visiting the classroom, meeting the teacher, the kids, and seeing the environment helps your child know what to expect. While there show them where their cubby may be, show them where the bathroom is. If a child has been home before preschool, this is a huge step and seeing all this beforehand will make the transition easier. If the child has attended daycare at his preschool, seeing the room and environment, will help ease their mind before moving up to the “big” class.
Make sure they get a good night’s sleep
Kids need sleep. Period! Put them to bed early enough to ensure they get a good 8-10 hours of sleep. This ensures they will be well rested the next day for their first day of preschool. Preschool is a lot of work (and play!) and children need to be well rested to learn and fully enjoy themselves.
To make the morning rush go better, lay out clothes the night before. Pack your child’s backpack, and belongings before hand, and plan on a fulfilling but easy breakfast.
Go over the day with them
Explain to your child how their day in preschool is going to go. For example, if they have never been in daycare before, tell them when you plan on dropping them off (i.e.: right after breakfast), what they might do while at preschool (i.e.: you will have circle time, play with your friends, eat lunch), and when you are going to pick them up (i.e.: after snack, or before nap time). Going over the daily routine with them, helps your child feel like they have some sense of control and knowledge over what their day may look like.
If your child has been in daycare before, explain what may be different about his routine. If you are not sure, talk to your child’s teacher and ask. This will help your child transition into a new class a little bit easier because they will somewhat know what to expect.
Preparing your child for preschool is a huge step! But by introducing them to their classroom, ensuring proper rest, and explaining what their day may look like, the first day of preschool may go smoother than expected!