Every mom is secretly terrified at the thought of sending their little one off to preschool. There are so many emotions flying around, and it is so easy to forget what we need to do to help them through this milestone. A few stages of preparation with your child will help them to become accustomed to the new lifestyle. It will also help you come to terms with the fact that your baby is growing up and gaining his or her independence. Be brave and let’s get through together.
Get your child fully ready for their first day by getting together the essentials. They’re going to need a list (that is longer than their arm) of supplies, so get them involved and excited during the process. You will need to get them a proper school bag, which will make them feel super grown up. There are beautiful ranges online, such as Nicki’s gucci backpacks, which will make your little one feel really special. Allow your child to help pick out their lunchbox and clothing too, so they feel part of the preparations. The more personal everything feels to them, the more excited and less nervous they are likely to be.
Crafty Kitting Out
Start doing some DIY projects together to help with the preschool prep. You could make homemade name tags for their new backpack, lunchbox, and coat. Add a picture of their favorite animal or pick out their favorite color to create the perfect look for them. You can also personalize their water bottle or pencil case with homemade decorations. It’s so easy for kids to get their things mixed up when they start a new school, so make theirs stand out and add a real homemade touch to all of their belongings.
Try to mimic a classroom environment at home and teach your child the basics before they start preschool. Simple classroom techniques, like listening and following multi-step directions, will prepare them for everything that school has to throw at them. Even simple arts and crafts sessions at home will be an awesome building block for their creative and cognitive development.
Helping At Home
Be the best support for your child when they are at home. Once they have started school, they will have a million things they need to keep up with, and it can be overwhelming at times. Keep them calm and create a supportive atmosphere for them at home. Get involved with their school activities, such as bake sales or sports days. Offer to help out at functions and events if you can, so that your child feels the connection between you and their education. Help them out with any homework they might have, but still allow them to make mistakes and learn from them. Make sure you attend regular meetings and conferences with teachers, so that you are aware of any problems they might be having. The teachers will have your child’s best interest at heart, so work with them as much as you can.
It’s a difficult step for everybody, but with a little planning and preparation, your little superstar will breeze through their first year of preschool.