Your child’s life is exciting. While preparing them for preschool, make the preparation fun and upbeat so they can be excited for the first day. If you’re schedule a visit to Spanish immersion schoolto discover what preschool can be like for your child!
Practice listening :
In preschool your child will need to listen to their teachers and peers. Reading is one way to practice your child’s listening skills. Another way is to have your child sit still in one place while you give them directions to follow. You can make this a game by starting with one direction at a time and slowly adding more directions, building it up over time. Preschool teachers will be giving your child directions to follow during lesson plans and activities.
Play dates :
Get your child ready for preschool with playdates. A large aspect of preschool is learning how to get along with other kids. You can plan several different activities during these playdates to simulate what a day at preschool might look like, while also giving the kids time to figure out what to play together on their own.
Establish a routine :
Preschool will be a structured environment for your child. At home, establish a routine for your child with a set wake up time and bedtime. To help them prepare for their school day, also set a time for lunch that is consistent every day.
Eat independently :
Build confidence in your child by teaching them how to eat independently. During snack time and lunch your child will not be given help. You can prepare your child for this by having them eat at home without help. Teach them how to open their food and how to clean up on their own.
Share your experience :
The more information your child has about what preschool will be like, the less anxious they will feel. A fun way to do this is to share your own preschool experience with them. Pull out some photos of you from preschool and tell them stories about what your days in preschool were like.
Potty train :
Most preschools require your child to be potty trained. This is a crucial piece in preparing your child to be independent and confident in preschool.
Spend time reading :
Reading to your child every day will help them become familiar with listening and will allow them to have an easier time when they start learning how to read. Choose stories that are easy for your little one to engage in. Find moments in your reading to stop and ask your child questions about the story.
Visit the preschool together :
One of the best ways to prepare your child for their first day is to visit where they will be attending. Spanish Immersion Early Learning Centers offers monthly Open Houses where you and your child can connect with staff in person. These allow you to see the wonderful preschool building and campus, ask questions and talk to teachers and staff, and discover how young hearts and minds thrive in a caring.