Top Five Ways to Get Little Kids Ready for School
By Mollee Bauer, General Manager, Pregnancy.org
Why are routines and structure important? When you create a routine or structure you’re giving your child a sense of security and a platform to develop self-discipline. What can you do to get your tiny ball of non-stop energy ready for school? Here are five key ways to start the journey, whether it’s preschool or kindergarten.
Talk to your child about school, but don’t get them thinking it’s something it’s not. You can refer to the teachers you’ve met during orientation by first name, talk about the other kids, toys and activities. Focus on the positive!
Explain the pick up and drop off process. Before school begins, explain to your child how you or another important person will pick up and drop off every day and give enough details on how that will happen. Prior planning prevents…tears!
Visit your child’s school! Take advantage of orientations or opportunities to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. Bring your child with you! This way they can see where they’ll be spending time. It also helps ease the ‘pre-school’ jitters.
Practice quiet and listening time. If your child has never experienced school or daycare, they may not get that concept right away. Play school!
Find out what the teachers expect from your child. Some schools have requirements, some don’t. You can practice those with your child before the school year begins. These requirements could be writing his or her name, being able to go to the restroom on their own and reciting the alphabet.
What other tips worked for you? Share your thoughts!