How to Prepare Your Kids for Preschool

by Emma W.R. on August 10, 2016

Preschool

It is crucial to prepare your child for preschool, because this will set the tone for their school career.  Kids experience a mix of emotion when they hear the word school.  You get kids who are excited to the ones that are nervous to those that are petrified.  No matter what feelings your child is experiencing, it is important that you, as their parent, make sure they know what to expect.

Planning social events with other children will help prepare your child for preschool.  They will begin to learn how to interact with others and socialize.  If you can arrange for playdates at your own home, it help in teaching your child how to share.  This is a great way to help them feel comfortable around other children their own age.

There are many books published today about school.  Not only are these books good to share with them about what to expect once they begin preschool, but reading to your child has many other benefits such as building their vocabulary and teaching them to sit quietly and listen. 

Most kids love playing pretend.  To prepare your kids for preschool, simply play school.  Create an environment that replicates their new preschool.  Do some arts and crafts, reading, play time and even snack and nap time if this will apply to your child.  The more at ease and accepting your child is beforehand, the easier it will be for them to transition to preschool.

The other piece advice I can give is to come up with a goodbye ritual.  Whether it is putting on their pack backs, walking them to the school and coming up with a special handshake hug, it is important that they realize that they are going to be without you for a set amount of hours and then you will be right there at the end of their day.  I found this worked out for me too.  Letting go is as hard as being let go.

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Tim February 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Playing pretend to get used to the idea and the goodbye ritual are great. I can’t wait to develop our own! Thanks!

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Liz January 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

I was very nervous about my son starting school and it was only half day. I was expecting him to have a meltdown, but instead he walked right to a group of kids and had no problem leaving me.

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Hanson Seel October 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

My niece was pleasantly excited to attend pre-school. I hope my daughter feels the same way when she’s ready! Great idea to play pretend in prep, thanks:)

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Carol October 12, 2016 at 8:35 am

We did the special goodbye handshake at the classroom door, and he was off to class. I should mention that my son told me to go home and have a treat for being so brave. And I did.

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Lorna J. September 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

Great idea, Beth. I found that making play dates for the new kids in my boys pre-school class also helped with the transition. And of course hanging around for a few minutes afterwards chatting with the other moms brought me great peace of mind. My fears were never realized and I discovered the other parents were just like me. These concerns are quite typical for parents of pre-schoolers.

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Sarah Douglas September 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

You really must prepare your children for preschool. It should be a happy time for them but it can also be very intimidating. This is the first time your child will be out on his or her own, for a half or whole day, 5 days a week. They are used to staying home in the morning watching TV or playing, so this would be a definite change for them. Try and get them used to other children, teaching them to share, and getting them on a schedule. If you can accomplish this, it’s a good start for them.

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Beatrice September 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

I was so nervous sending my kids to preschool. I prepared them all summer long, and the day finally came and I was a nervous wreck and they were pushing me out the door of the school!

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Beth August 17, 2016 at 12:09 pm

My little one had a hard time starting preschool. The teacher suggested sending in a family picture that my daughter could keep at her table. When she felt sad or missed me all she had to do was take the picture out. It actually worked.

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