Raising a child is an intense, emotional and often overwhelming experience. One of the most overwhelming experiences is just seeing how fast your child is growing up. The term “they grow up so fast” has become a cliché for a reason. Before you know it your child will be old enough to go to preschool, and if you want your child to enjoy their time there and grow from the experience it is important that you work hard to get them ready for this enormous change that is about to occur. Here are some things you can do to help prepare them.
#1 Don’t Overdo It
This is not college we’re talking about. Your kid doesn’t need to start prepping very long before preschool is about to start. A lot of kids overdo it and end up straining their kids when they are far too young for it.
#2 Set a Schedule
Up until this point you probably haven’t controlled your kids schedule any more than simply ensuring that they sleep when you sleep. Now you will have to make sure they know how to get up in the morning without being cranky.
#3 Teach Kids When Possible
Toddlers are very inquisitive, and stoking this flame of curiosity will help your kid take advantage of preschool as much as possible. You can do this by answering their questions and encouraging them to ask more.
#4 Develop Fine Motor Skills
This is a practical skill that they don’t need to wait for preschool to learn. Things like arts and crafts are a fun way to distract your kid too. It may make a bit of a mess so be prepared to clean up afterwards. Try to get your kid involved in the cleanup process as well.
#5 Start With Small Chores
This can include things like cleaning up after themselves as well as taking their dirty dishes to the sink. You can even let your kid help with the dishes by giving them a towel that they can use to dry the dishes.
#6 Encourage Reading
Reading is one of the most important skills that your child will ever learn, and it is something that will allow them to become fully invested in their learning experience. This can also make your child communicate better because it will expand their vocabulary to a great extent.
#7 Introduce Your Child to The School in Advance
Taking your child to the preschool and having them become comfortable in that environment with you by their side can help them prepare for moments where you won’t be with them. Being suddenly left in a strange place can sometimes be traumatic. It is important to get them ready for it in advance.
#8 Take Separation Anxiety Seriously
When your child is told that they are going to be in a certain place without their parents they will get understandably anxious. Part of the preparation process is taking this seriously and talking to them about it.