If you have a child who will be able to attend preschool in the near future, you are likely to be excited about the prospect of them being able to spend time with children of their own age while learning some valuable life's lessons at the same time. If your child has not yet had the experience in spending time away from their family, you are most likely concerned about what their reaction will be when they start preschool. Here are some tips you can try to help in preparing your child for extended sessions away from home.
Take A Tour Of The Preschool Facility Before Sessions Begin
Many preschools will host an open house where parents and children can come to the facility to check out the surroundings where the children will spend their time. Call the preschool to find out if they have this type of program before classes begin. If they do not have an open house, make an appointment where you can bring your child to the facility at a time when other children are not present. Your child will have the opportunity to meet their caretakers as well as see the activities available to them.
Bring Your Child To Activities Where Other Children Are Present
It is a good idea to enroll your child in an activity where they can interact with others their own age before they start a preschool program. A local library may have a reading session where they can get together with others in the area to listen to stories in a comfortable setting. A craft class or sports activity in a structured setting may also be beneficial in allowing your child to be social with others. Stay with your child for the first few sessions and allow them to spend some time with the instructor and other children without your presence after they make some friends.
Get Your Child Involved In The Preparation For The First Day Of Preschool
Your child will be more inclined to become excited about going to preschool if you talk about it often in the days leading up to the first session. Allow your child to pick out the outfit they will wear for the first day they attend their new school. Purchasing a lunchbox or a treat to share with others in the class will also help in getting them excited about their first day.