The summer holidays are over and back to school is in full swing, which means the time has come for your little one to venture beyond the comfort of your loving arms. While your sweet cherub may be ready to experience learning and socialising on a whole different level, an unfamiliar environment can be scary. To help the transition to preschool, here are some suggestions that will prepare both you and your tiny tot.
Get going on a school routine
A school routine is vital for young kids, and we’re not just talking about waking up early and getting to bed early. While a young child should have at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep a day, it’s also important to practice homework, play, eating, and screen time. This will help your little one get the required mental and physical rest they need to adapt to their new preschool routines for 2019.
Spark some excitement
Many toddlers are afraid of being away from home, and you can hardly blame them. It’s difficult getting them out of their comfort zone, especially if they’ve spent the past two or three years at home with you or the nanny. This is where you need to get them excited about what lies ahead at preschool, and a great way to do this is to get them to spend some time with their new teachers in a comfortable and calm environment so they feel safe. Another great way to get them pumped for preschool is to read them bedtime stories about other young toddlers starting preschool. Talk to them about how the characters felt when they first started preschool and how easy it was for them to meet new friends and do new, fun things. After, ask them how they are feeling about starting preschool, listen to their fears, and reassure them they are just excited.
Encourage age-appropriate independence
Being able to raise a confident, independent young adult is an enormous achievement for any parent in today’s world. Keeping in mind that the first milestones toward independence are confidence and accomplishment, encourage your little one by getting them to do age-appropriate tasks around the house. Some suggestions would be to encourage them to pack their toys away when playtime is over, clean themselves after meals, choose their own clothes for the day, brush their teeth all by themselves (under your supervision), and get dressed all on their own. When you encourage independence, you communicate to your child they are safe and that you believe in them, creating a sense of confidence and accomplishment.