Starting preschool is a big milestone with mixed emotions for the little heart and the Big day has come for my kid too. This is his first experience to stay away from me. We all were excited to face the unfamiliar territory.
Venturing into the new World without us would surely make them feel very sad but it is a required transition at this age. Sending to preschool is a bittersweet event. Every moment I kept thinking about him but, at the same time tried to stay positive and strong by saying “Things happening new would do good and bring some changes”
It is good to provide some knowledge about preschool for kids who go to school for the first time. I had some ideas in my mind to make him familiarize about the concept of school and bus.So,a week before the school starts, I followed the below.Hope, these tips would be helpful for your kids too.
Meet the teacher It is beneficial to take your kid for the open house program which happens before the school opens. This will make them familiar to the school environment, teacher, peers, classroom etc. We took our kid for a classroom tour to show him the toys, restroom, water and made him play for some time. He was happy to see favorite toys like trucks, trains, fire engines. We had a discussion with the teacher about his likes/dislikes.
Stories about preschool/Bus
Spend time in reading stories about preschool or play some of the school bus rhymes.
We bought a school bus and narrated a story. He found the story very interesting and every day he asked for the same. The story is all about riding school bus, what happens at school, teacher, classroom, pickup and drop. Kids need some reassurance that everything go well. When they understand this concept, separation, anxiety, stress, tantrums might get reduced to some extent.
Shopping Involve your kid in purchasing school supplies. As my child is very choosy in everything we left him to his choice in picking up backpack, dresses, shoes, socks, pouch, crayons, few toys etc., Finally,he was satisfied with a Thomas School bag.This might give them a sense of control emphasizing that he is a ‘big Kid’ starting preschool. Every time he kept asking if he is a big boy and that’s the reason why he is going to school and that’s why he is asked to choose all his school stuff.
Establish routines; Practice wake up time, nap and bed time days before days It is very important to have enough food and sleep. According to the school timings, try to change their schedule.
Visualize the Day Thinking about what might come next will help kids to feel empowered and less likely to get upset. Talk about what the preschool would be like,how they get to school,come back home,what they play with teachers and friends
Arrive early : This settles down the kid before the real action starts. Every day we take our kid near the bus stop at least 15 min earlier.
Carry comfort object : Putting in some favourite toys like cars, teddy etc could make them feel comfort.
Put on a happy face: Anxiety may be eating you inside but don’t let out because Kids are smart enough to find out our emotions. So, stay confident and have an upbeat tone. I skip my breakfast every day and this shows my anxiety level. So, I act a lot everyday
Keep Good-Byes Short and sweet: Don’t linger, hold on the emotions when it is the time to exit, reassure that you will be back after school and bid a Good-Bye.
Don’t over prepare. They might lose interest and fun.
Don’t be harsh. Let them bring out their emotions.
Don’t linger. The longer you stay, the harder it is.
Don’t make special Days – Even the first day.
Don’t keep talking about school all the time.
Try to familiarize the kid with few English basic words.Eg.water, restroom,teacher.
Make them learn how to use restroom and ask for water
Let the teacher know about language constraints,likes and dislikes
Let them choose their dress
Promise for a new toy after successful completion of a week.
Wishing all the very best for all your little preschoolers:)