Preparing Your Kids for Preschool
Preschool is an exciting time for children and parents alike. It
is a big step to make, so it is defiantly is something to be
As parents, it is important to be able to work with your
children in order to prepare your kids for preschool. It is a
unique task to be sure, but it is one which is well worth doing.
Their First Experience
Getting a child ready for their first educational experience is unique because there are a lot of things
that you need to consider. Not only is this going to be their first educational experience, but it also might
be the first time that they will be spending longer lengths of time in a different environment, as well as
socializing with other children they will not know.
As such, look toward preschool with excitement while understanding that it is going to be a stress
inducing factor for your child. That is not to say the experience is one which will be negative- far from it.
Stresses of Preschool
There is both positive stress and negative stress, and your kids will likely experience both as a part of
their preschool experience. It is a transitory time that will help to lay the groundwork for the
advancement of life in general.
As such, it is a very good idea for you to talk to your children as they are getting ready for this
experience. First of all, consider telling them about school and everything which is going to go on in it.
Explain to them that they are going to school to learn and make friends and have a nice time. Children
are able to process a lot more than we give them credit for a lot of the time, so a simple and direct
explanation of where they are going and why are
good starting points.
It is also critical to tell these children that they
are going to a safe place, and that you will be
there to pick them up at the end of their days.
When you think about it, your kid is going to a
new place and need to be assured that their
parents will be back- they need the stability and
Let Them Know
Consider taking your kid to the preschool and showing them around before school actually starts, as well
as introducing them to their teacher. The more comfortable and familiar the environment, the less
stress there will be.
Last of all, make sure that your kid is ready to go and be ready to let them. Remember that coddling
them too much can be harmful as well- you need to let them have this experience.
When it all comes down to it, the effort that you put into preparing your child for the preschool
curriculum is should lead to better results overall. You can’t really predict or control every factor in the
experience, so it is up to you to ready the little ones for their newest adventure.
This is an exciting time- don’t underestimate it. There is a whole world of possibilities and experience
out there for your child, so be ready to laugh and cry and learn with them!
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