4 TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR PRESCHOOL
When your child reaches the age wherein they can already begin with their preschool, it is best that parents had taken into consideration the importance of preparing their child for this new environment. Going to preschool for the first time may be seen as something nerve-racking and scary for a child. But there are different methods that parents can use in order to make this new experience less frightening or not even at all. The methods below can help you prepare your child for preschool.
- Engage Your Child in Social Activities
Because your child would have to be surrounded by tons of children, he/she might feel quite uncomfortable and not know how to interact with them. In order to prevent shyness or inability to communicate with other children, make sure that beforehand your child gets immersed in activities that involve interacting with other children. E.g. playdates, early child art classes, sports class, etc.
- Read Your Child Books about Preschool
A simple way to introduce the idea of school to your child is by reading stories about it to them. There are a lot of books in different bookstores that have stories about school and making friends. A simple introduction such as this can help them be familiar with the environment a school has.
- Try to Practice Distancing Yourself From Your Child
Do this for just short periods of time. Try to separate yourself from your child for a while but let them know you will be back. Because in most cases, children who are about to start preschool have a hard time allowing their parents to leave once they get to school, to the point of some throwing tantrums. In order to make this a friendly and light separation for you and your child, try to create a simple good bye and hello handshake. This would then lighten up the situation.
- Act it Out
Try to have a role playing game with your child. You can role play a scene in school wherein you act as the teacher and your child as the student. This would then make her ready for what she will encounter in school. It would serve as a fun way of learning about school. It wouldn’t be a totally new environment for him/her because he/she has already an idea of what goes on in school.
- You have to get organized with everything. Include your child in the process of fixing the things he/she needs for school. This will create awareness for him/her on the things needed for to prepare for school. E.g. uniform, socks, school materials, food, etc.
- On the very first day, try to stick around for a couple of minutes before leaving. Try to give encouragements and if possible, talk to the teacher with your child. This will show your child that the teacher isn’t just some stranger. And of course, you can also mention to the teacher to keep an eye out on your child if whether or not your child is struggling to make friends, say goodbye, etc.