By: Annie Chappel
As summer ends and the new school year approaches, millions of children are prepping to go back to school. They recall the fun with friends, lessons, and their teachers’ smiling face. But what about your preschooler who has never been to school before? How do you prepare them for the upcoming school year?
Visit the Preschool
DCDC has opened its doors again for in-person tours. Bring your child on your tour so they can meet the teacher, see the other children playing, and get a feel for the environment. They will feel more at ease on their first day since they have already seen the classroom and met a few peers.
We all remember playing school as children. Now is the time to pull out those old memories and play again with your child! Pretend that it is circle time. Predict the weather, read a story, sing songs, and do finger plays. Have art time and practice writing their name. Talk about how to be kind to friends and what to do if they need help.
Read About Preschool
There are many great books about preschool! Visit the library and get some books about preschool. Discuss what the children are playing, how the children feel, and what they expect to happen at school. We recommend “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn, “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney, and “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg.
Work on Self-Help Skills
Nothing will make your big kid FEEL like a big kid more than being able to button or zip their own coat, pull on their own shoes, or put on their own gloves. Practice each of these skills at home with your child. Turn it into a game to see they can get their shoes on before you count to 10 (count really slow).
Establish a Set Routine
Establish a bedtime and wake-up routine that is consistent. Consistency will help your child build a routine and know what is coming next. Here at DCDC, we follow a consistent routine that allows our children to develop secure attachments, trust, and emotional security. Children who have a consistent routine feel more relaxed, make good decisions, and learn to manage their own behavior.
This is the most important one! Be excited for your little one. They are growing up and starting a new, exciting chapter of life. Get ready for lots of fun stories about what they learned and the new friends they made.