It’s normal to approach the milestone of your kid starting preschool with some mixed emotions. You’re excited about all the fun they’ll have, but you’re also sad about the fact that your baby is all grown up. Your kid probably feels the same. So how can you get your kid ready for preschool? Here’s some advice…
How to get your kid ready for preschool the fun way
In the weeks leading up to P-day (preschool day), there’s a lot you can do to prep your kiddo. The key to success lies in keeping things as low-key as possible. Making too big a deal of it might see your kid stressed out instead of excited. Here’s what to focus on…
Pretend to play with the idea of preschool
You can take turns being the kid, the parent, and the teacher. Play a game where you do preschool activities. This includes saying goodbye to mom and dad, singing, reading books, and even circle-time. If your kid has any questions, be sure to answer them honestly.
Practice self-help skills
In preschool, kids need to be able to help themselves. They should be able to unzip their own coats, hang it on a hook, and unpack their backpacks. Make sure you practice these elements during your pretend play routine as well.
Look for your kid’s nonverbal messages
Most kids can’t fully explain their anxiety about preschool, so instead of just listening, you need to watch them as well. It’s normal for kids to freak out a little about attending school. But just keep in mind that this is a big deal for them. It’s a massive change, and they need your emotional support all the way.
Complete the two-week-prior-to-preschool routine
Two weeks before your kid starts preschool, there are a few essentials you’ll need to take care of. These include:
- Make sure you purchase a backpack for your kid and go with one he or she likes.
- Label all of his or her belongings clearly with a permanent marker.
- Start practising the morning and after-school routine with your kid, settling them into a structured program.
Tick of the night-before-preschool to-do list
The night before your kid starts going to preschool, you have to tick off some final items on your to-do list. These include:
- Answer any last questions your kid might have about his or her new school.
- Let your kid pick out an outfit for his or her first day of school.
- Ensure your kid gets to bed by no later than 8 pm.
- Don’t make a big deal out of what’s to come in the morning.