5 tips to help prepare your child for preschool and make it the most positive experience and successful transition for everyone. Affiliate links are included, and I will receive a small commission off of any purchases you may make, at no extra cost to you. Thank you to JCPenney for sponsoring this conversation.
I can hardly believe we’re going to have TWO children in school this year! My son is going into the 3-day a week class, and my daughter is starting the “on my own” program (which is kind of an intro to preschool).
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While not everything is in your control in the classroom, you can do your best to set your child up for a successful and positive transition into their new routine.
- Visit the school ahead of time
- Always clear it with the school ahead of time, but most preschools let you visit before the first day.
- This will help to make the classroom a familiar place before it’s filled with other kids and noise on the first day of preschool.
- Read books
- Go to the library and check out a variety of books that talk about getting ready for school.
- This really helped my son – we read them over and over again for the first few weeks! We bought the ones we loved after renting them from the library, and now we’ll be reading them all over again with both kids.
- Get on a schedule
- It’s painful, but it’s necessary! Getting the kids to bed at a good time for at least a week ahead of school will make the transition so much easier for everyone.
- Talk it out
- Keep talking about preschool throughout your day, and always in a positive manner. Ask them questions like, “I wonder if your classroom will have blocks like these?” “Do you think there will be a lot of books at your preschool?” “What would you like to do when you get back from your first day of school?”
- Keep the conversations light and positive, and encourage any conversations they’ll bring up about preschool.
- Give them something to look forward to
- Have something for them at the end of their first day, whether that’s a trip to the playground, a special treat, or just some chill time on the couch with you.
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Any other tips to share for preparing your children for preschool? I’d love you to share them in the comments!