Preparing your Child for Preschool- The Week before

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If you have a child starting preschool you are probably as nervous as they are and you can start getting them ready for school about a week before.  Just remember that preschoolers have a short attention span so it’s best not to start talking about it too soon.

There are a few things that you can do in the week before school starts to help them get excited and looking forward to their first year of preschool:

1.  Stay Positive – If you stay positive your child is more than likely to be positive also.  Be excited about all of the different things that your child will get to do in preschool and all of the new friends they will meet.

2. Have a Going to School Party – Get your family together for a going to school party.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just cake and ice cream will do.  You can ask grandparents, aunts, and uncles to bring little gifts that your preschooler can use.

3. Start a School Schedule – It’s best to start your school schedule at least a week before school starts so that your preschooler can get used to the changes.  Many time changes are more difficult for younger children so it’s best to start with one or two changes at a time.

4. Introduce Them to Their Teacher – If your preschool provides an opportunity for your child to meet their teacher before school starts it’s a good idea to take advantage of this.  Not only is going to a new place scary it can also be scary to meet new people so getting this out of the way early can help the first day go smoothly.

5. Introduce Them to Their Classmates – Many schools will have host a function before school starts to allow students to meet each other.  If you personally know any of the parents of children that may be in your child’s class you could see about hosting a play date that will allow the children to meet and get to know each other before school starts.

6. Take Them School Shopping – Children like shopping and enjoy it even more when it is for them.  Most preschoolers will need a few basic supplies and a book bag.  Letting your child pick out their supplies can help give them a sense of ownership about their school experience.

While there are sure to be tears on the first day of school, by both the preschooler and their parents, it can still be a great day for everyone.  The most important part is making sure that your child knows preschool is an important part of growing up and that there is nothing to be scared of.

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