Five Tips to Help Your Child Ease Into Preschool
Do any of you remember your first day of school? Did you cry? Were you excited? Everyone have very special and different memories of that day. The way a child reacts to that first day and the few days after that till they settle into school mainly depend on the build up to the dreaded first day. Here are five important points to help your child ease into preschool life.
Get familiar with the school and teacher
It is a good idea to go to a little early so that the child can get time to play around in the playground. You can also introduce him/her to the teacher and get them to spend some time with the teacher. As soon as the child is comfortable with the teacher, the child will look forward to coming to school and not give any trouble. For the first few days it is also good to stay close to the school so that they can see you as soon as they come out.
Make it sound fun
Talk to him/her and explain to them that they have to grow up to be like someone they admire. Tell them that there will be children to make friends with and new toys that they can play with there. Talk to them about the school bus and the amount of fun they could have travelling in it.
The novelty of getting up and going to school is that you get to use a new bag, bottle and a whole lot of stationary in school. So take the children shopping buy them all the school accessories preferably with their favourite cartoon character all over it. It is so that the excitement of using all of that is motivation enough to get them going to school. You can also make them feel very grown up by clearing out a special section in the house just for the child’s school bag.
Talk about school
Discussing the child’s day at school and how he/she feels about it can be very useful as the child will know that you care about them. Talking will also help you get to know what is going on in school and both you and your child will feel lighter after the talk.
Avoid prolonged good byes
Leaving your child at school can be a very emotional ordeal. Most parents tend to spend a lot of time saying good bye. When you drop off your kid to school you should set up a drop off point and have a very quick good bye. The child will then be received by the teacher and engaged in activities to divert their attention. Every child have a different way of coping with going to school, just give them time and watch them grow.