5 Tips to Get Your Child Ready for Pre-School
Due to the increased in the awareness towards quality education, more and more parents are sending their children to school at a much earlier age.
How can you as parents prepare your child for this new milestone? We hope these pointers will ease the transition for your child in adjusting to the new school environment.
1. Visiting The School
During viewing, it is best to bring your child along. Observe your child’s behavior towards the environment of the school and also the acceptance of the people in the school during the viewing.
Its important to get your child’s social and emotional needs settled before formal learning can take place effectively. If your child can verbalize, it will be good to get your child to share his/her likes or dislikes towards the school visited.
2. Preparing For School
Once you have finalized on the choice of school, get your child involved in the preparation such as choosing the new school bag, water bottle etc.
Buy the uniform before hand so that your child can wear it on the first day of school. Wearing the uniform will create a sense of belonging to the school and helps your child to settle in faster to the school’s environment and routine.
3. Interacting With Others
Expose your child to unfamiliar faces such as the playground or gathering during functions/parties. Some children take longer to open up to strangers while some are happy to be left alone to explore new friends/places.
Encourage your child to make friends but do not force him/her to say hello or shake hands when he/she is not ready.
Give time to your child to be comfortable to open up so that he/she can learn the basic skills of socializing.
4. Eating Fruits & Veggies
If your child is a fussy eater, it is time to slowly introduce the different kinds of fruits and vegetables that are served in the school before your child starts school.
More often than not, the children tend to get stressed during meal time as they are served food that they have not previously eaten.
Your child may be coping well in school but can tell you things such as “I don’t want to go to school” or “I don’t like school” just because of a fruit or vegetable.
Packing food from home will not solve the fussy eater in your child.
5. Preparing For Routine
To ensure a smooth transition, start to introduce a daily routine that is similar to the school.
For example, childcare have afternoon naps instead of morning naps. Try to replace your child’s morning nap routine to an outdoor activity as most childcare will have their outdoor walk during this time.
Get your child to have his/her afternoon nap around the same time that the childcare planned their naps. Let your child get ready for bed around the same time everyday to ensure that he/she gets enough sleep for the day.