Preschool offers benefits that will help prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond. Children interact with peers, take turns, and follow rules. Attending preschool does come with its fair share of emotions, for both the parent and the child. For children, entering this new phase can be very emotional, as a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause stress and anticipation. Parents might have mixed emotions about whether their child is ready for preschool.
At Premier Academy, we are here to make this transition as easy as possible. To create less stress we have a few suggestions to make you and your child comfortable with this new journey.
Easing Your Child’s Fears
Visiting your child’s first preschool classroom a few times before school starts can ease the stress into unfamiliar territory. This offers the opportunity to ask questions, meet the teachers and learn the routines and common activities. While visiting the center, let your child explore and observe the class and choose whether to interact with other kids. Familiarizing your child with the classroom allows them to get comfortable.
Talk to your child about the new experiences they will encounter. If you have an idea of what will take place, gradually introduce your child to these activities. You can also ask how the teacher handles the first tear-filled days. How will the first week be structured to make the transition smooth for your child?
The First Day
This may be the hardest part of your new journey. The first thing to remember, if your child clings to your or is not eager to join in with the other children, don’t get upset as this will only upset your child. Reintroducing the teacher to your child and taking a step back to allow the teacher to begin forming a relationship with your child.
We suggest never sneaking out. As tempting as it may be, leaving without saying goodbye may make kids feel abandoned, whereas a long farewell scene might only serve to reinforce a child’s sense that preschool is a bad place.
Be observant and flexible.
Watch to see how your child is adjusting. Do you feel he’s making a good connection with his teachers? Is your child excited about their new friends and all of the fun they are having. If you are still seeing that your child is anxious and nervous, offer a time to volunteer. If you are working at a full time job, maybe a lunch hour or early morning time would work with your schedule more. The teachers might really appreciate the extra help.
Before we know it, our children are ready to take this new adventure. As hard as it may be, they are growing up! Express to your child how proud you are of them and get as excited as they are to discuss the daily events.