Is your kid ready for preschool??Here’s how to prepare your toddler for his time away and how to ease the adjustment. Here’s what to consider if your preschooler still needs a mid-day nap.
There’s a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the big day.? But try to keep your efforts low-key. If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited.
“There’s no need to start preparing your child for preschool months in advance. Some well-meaning parents begin talking about preschool and building it up too far ahead of time, and by the time school starts, the child feels this is a huge event in his life, which can be overwhelming to a little one”. Instead, start talking about preschool in a casual, upbeat manner about two to three weeks before class starts. For example, if you drive by a playground you can suggest that, “When you go to preschool, you’ll have a slide like that one” or “There’s your school. I’ll walk in with you right by that blue door. Your teacher will be there.” This lets your child know what to expect and gives her something to look forward to.
Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun:
Take turns being the parent, child and teacher.? Act out common daily routines, such as saying good-bye to mummy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps.? Reassure your child that preschool is a good place where he will have fun and learn. Answer his questions patiently. This helps children feel more in control which reduces their anxiety
If done consistently, routines give the preschooler a sense of belonging and reassurance, and provide parents with frequent opportunities to connect with their child, so it’s best to be available, attentive, and responsive to your child’s needs. An early-morning routine can include helping your child make her bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth and hair, and assemble personal items. Young children typically love a Good Morning chart with the tasks listed in order and a picture next to each item to provide a visual reminder for what is expected of them. Some preschool classrooms have similar daily schedules, which help prepare and organize your child.
edtime means sleeping in a dark room alone, which can often stir up night-time fears. A comforting routine before bedtime can include: bathing, changing into pyjamas, reading a book, brushing teeth, saying prayers, discussing the day’s events, singing a song, giving hugs and kisses, and “tucking in.” These tasks add closure to the day, settle down a restless child, and provide additional bonding.
As much as 3-year-old may talk, most are not yet able to fully explain how they are feeling or what they are worried about.? Your child may express his separation anxiety by clinging, becoming withdrawn, or by being more aggressive. For example, if your child is fully potty trained, he may start to have toileting accidents. He may ask you to feed or dress him even though he can do these things by himself.
It is natural to be frustrated by this regressed behaviour, and you may be concerned that if you do these things for him, he won’t go back to doing them himself.. Remember that your child is trying to enter new environment he may need more support, nurturing, and patience from you while he makes this transition.