Kids who attend preschool get a jumpstart on their education, and studies have shown that they have a higher high school graduation rate as well. Enrolling your child is one of the best moves you can make for their future.
Yet, how do you help your young ones prepare for preschool? It’s a big change for them, and for you too.
Find out here, as we go over our best tips for parents.
Develop a Routine
On the first day of preschool, your children will be entering a new setting with different rules and a schedule. You can prepare them for this transition by creating a routine at home to help put them in the right mindset.
Following routines even provides health benefits, such as better sleep and encouraging healthy habits. Teach your little ones this skill early on and they’ll likely stick with it as they grow up.
Take it a step further and print out a schedule to follow so your kids can get used to what it might be like once they begin preschool.
Talk to Your Children
Leaving home and entering a new environment can be a scary experience for some kids. You can help to calm their fears and uncertainties by talking to them before their first day and telling them what to expect.
Talk to them about the new activities they’ll do and who they’ll see in the classroom. Most importantly, when you leave them with a goodbye hug, tell them that you’ll be back later to pick them up.
Learn more about our preschool and VPK classrooms so you can prepare them for their first day.
Turn Getting Ready into a Game
There are certain skills every preschooler should have. Child development expectations include the follow:
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Social abilities
- and so much more
Help your kids become more independent by ensuring they can get ready on their own without assistance.
Practice getting ready with your kids before they begin preschool. Let them try putting on and taking off their jackets, fastening buttons, using zippers, putting their backpack on a hook, tying their shoes, etc.
If they have trouble, try turning it into a game and making it more fun.
Teach Them About Differences
Preschool is a wonderful place because it’s full of kids from different backgrounds. Your children will likely learn about new cultures and make a diverse group of friends.
You can prepare them by teaching your little ones about cultural differences, such as by reading books about families that might look different from your own.
It’s Time to Prepare for Preschool
Preschool is an exciting new time for your child and one of their first looks into the educational environment. However, it can also be intimidating. Thankfully, you can help them prepare for preschool with these simple tips.
Here in Florida, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (VPK) program gives kids a head start on the education they deserve. If you’re preparing your child for preschool and VPK, it might feel overwhelming for you, too. However, we’re here to help.
Call us or contact us online if you have any questions or sign your child up for enrollment today.