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Get Ready for Preschool

Get Ready for Preschool

Tips to Help You Get Ready for Preschool

  • Two to three weeks prior to the start of school, wake your child at the time you will have to get up to be on time for school.  Start the morning routine in advance and it will help create a seamless transition.
  • Prior to the start of school, begin giving your child “helper” assignments.  Ask him/her to pick up toys, hang up a coat, or help in a simple household chore.  This will help the child prepare for being a helper in the classroom.
  • If your child has not had prior experience with preschool or other group settings, arrange for a play group to help your child adjust to the social element that preschool provides.
  • Play school at home.  Take some time to set out your child’s stuffed animals, read a book, and have some circle time at home to help prepare for the idea of sitting and listening.
  • Honestly answer any questions about school your child may have.  Stay balanced when you talk about school - don’t try to make it out to be an amusement park or a sit still, be quiet, and listen environment.  Share honestly that there will be fun times and times to listen.
  • On the first day of school start a tradition: a special picture, special breakfast, or a special gift that you’ll repeat each year on the first day.
  • Try not to cry!  This one is for you mom, try to keep it together that first day (although it may be hard) because your little one needs to know that it is all going to be o.k. and you are the person they will be looking at to see if it really is o.k.

Most of all, pray.  Pray for your child to have a smooth transition, for our teachers, and for the school overall.  Prayer is our greatest asset as parents; our Father in Heaven knows our needs and our child’s needs even more than we do.