It’s already July, and before you know it, department stores will begin lining their shelves with paper, colored pencils, binders, and all kinds of school supplies. For parents of first-time preschoolers this back-to-school season is particularly special and potentially stressful. How do you prepare your little one for the adventures of preschool? Even if your child attends a childcare or learning academy, the transition to a more structured curriculum that can be found in preschool can take some getting used to. Try the tips below to help your child adjust to a preschool environment this fall!
Encourage Group Play – A big part of preschool for your child will be learning social and emotional skills in relation with her peers. Try planning some play dates where your child will be in situations where she will be expected to wait her turn, ask for permission, and share her toys. Learning appropriate social responses and cues will enable your child to connect with her peers and experience the joy of making new friends in preschool!
Practice “Goodbye” – For many preschoolers the separation from mom or dad at the start of the school day may be difficult. If your child does not do well with goodbyes, try and make a ritual or special handshake that makes saying “Goodbye!” more like a game than a dreaded event. Keep the ritual short – prolonged goodbyes will make it harder for you and your child.
Cultivate Listening Ears – In preschool, your child will find herself in situations where her teacher will require her to listen to directions. Sitting still and listening do not come naturally to preschool children; so, the more you can practice at home, the better prepared your child will be! You can make it fun by playing games such as “I Spy” and “Simon Says.” Your child’s teacher will thank you for any efforts you make to encourage listening!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, we have an exceptional team of teachers who are dedicated to providing a preschool experience that will give your child a solid First Step to Higher EducationÔ. Whether your child is already attending a childcare facility or if this is her first time in a learning academy or preschool, Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill is the premier preschool choice for families in the Fort Mill, SC area! Enroll your child for an unforgettable preschool experience, today!