If your toddler is ready for preschool, then you should be ready as well for an emotional roller coaster! It is a big step for you and your child as they are going to step out in to this big world without you! Here are some tips and strategies that you can use to prepare your child for preschooling!
Use pretend play techniques with your child. Act as a teacher or student with them. Read stories with them, give them ideas about different colors and shapes through pictures or play objects. Watch movies or cartoons in which pre schooling is highlighted. Reassure your little one that school is a place where they will learn or have the most fun.
Talk about Pre School
Talk about preschool in a casual manner. If you go out with your child or crosses by a playground you can tell them that, they will have a similar swing in their school as well! Give them an idea about how it will be when the school starts that you will pack lunch for them, you will drop them to their school and meet their teacher etc.
Set a schedule
Establishing a healthy schedule for your toddler allows them to learn and act responsibly. It also helps them in transitioning to the preschool routine without getting into much trouble. According to Julie Nelson, a professor of early childhood education, if the schedule at home is not consistent, the child will likely have difficulty adjusting to school. So, you must set a strict morning and bed time routine for them.
Teach them the basics
Teaching them the basics such as how to hold a pencil correctly, how to fill in shapes with color pencils and identifying different letters and numbers can help them a long way! You can also make them learn how to spell their name.
Teach them how to ask for help
If your child would not learn how to ask for help at home, he would not be able to ask help from their teacher at school. It is better to teach your children how to open their lunch boxes or water bottles etc but your child may definitely need the help of an elder for this in the beginning.
It is better to train your child with bathroom skills before sending them to preschool because it is often quite difficult for the kids to communicate that they have to go to the bathroom to their teachers. Help your kids through their bathroom trips by making them learn how to unbutton their own pants or slide their tights and how to communicate this to their teacher whenever they want to go to the bathroom!
If you see your little one crying in the school, try not to run back to them in the class room as it would make them feel that they are only safe when you are around and it will make it harder for them to adapt the environment.
You should also remember to not over prepare your child for preschool, as it can overwhelm them. Only start talking about it 3 to 4 weeks before the school starts!