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Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog, Education & Development |

4 Things Your Child Should Know before Starting Preschool

Transitioning to preschool can be difficult for both parents and children. If you are going to be going through this transition soon, then it is important that your child is well prepared. You shouldn’t expect that you can just drop your child off and he or she will know what they need to do. You want to be sure that you work on preparing them in the best way possible. Not only will this make it easier on your child, but it will also make it easier on yourself when it comes time to drop them off for the first time and easier for the teachers, as well. Here are four things that you should help your child prepare for:

  1. Bathroom Routine: First off, most preschools expect children to be potty-trained before being signed up for preschool. It is important that you have your child potty trained and ensure that you reinforce a good, hygienic bathroom routine. This will be expected of them once they go into preschool. Your child should know how to wash their hands and dry them on their own and they should know when they need to go. Let them know that it’s okay if they have an accident since it happens often to children their age. Making them feel stressed about it can often make keeping up with their bathroom routine more difficult. 
  2. Being without You:  Getting your child used to being without you can be easy if they were already in daycare and spent most of the day away from you anyway. However, if your child was most often home with you, then you probably want to get them used to not having you around. You can do this by leaving them with a babysitter for an hour or two a day. Also, let your child know that you will always come back for them and that it is nothing to worry about. 
  3. Eating:  Your child should know basic table manners once they start preschool. They should also know how to open certain things on their own, such as a juice box straw and a pack of crackers. It is important that they also know how to eat with a fork, for sanitary reasons. Sanitary habits are important to develop while attending preschool. 
  4. Social Skills: Your child should understand the basics of sharing and interacting with other children. If they haven’t been around many other children in the past, then you may consider setting up playdates and getting them out to the playground to play with other kids before preschool begins. 

By getting your child ready in these four ways, the entire transition can be done with a bit more ease and less fighting from your child. For more tips, talk to a professional like Miniapple International Montessori School.