Heading to preschool is an exciting time that is filled with beautiful moments. It is a time of tremendous development, and the skills learned at this stage will set your kid up for a lifetime of learning. If you’re not committed to a preschool yet, see what skills your child needs to handle its schedule.
All parents want their kids to be successful, and preschool gives all necessary skills to prepare for school. If you think your child isn’t ready for preschool, there are many ways to help your kid get ready for this important step.
Allow Your Child To Be Independent
All children have their ups and downs and they learn from their mistakes. Don’t try to protect your child from everything. Your child should know that he/she can handle a difficult situation without help and make choices. This way, they grow from their own experience.
I would recommend allowing your child to be independent with something simple, for example, nose wiping, manipulating clothing fasteners, opening containers, washing hands or zipping a backpack. Teach your kid how to pick up outfits and undress before bed. Of course, little children need assistance but they can handle basic skills.
It’s Time for Potty Training
Even though toilet training isn’t easy, many preschools have potty training policies and require independent toileting. If your child is ready (if he/she can keep a diaper dry for an hour), start potty training. Some preschools also help parents with potty training.
Teach Your Child Organization Skills
Even though preschool is about games and fun, your child should learn basic organization skills. Teach him/her how to keep toys, clothes, and gear organized. For example, you can buy inexpensive baskets, label them and help your child store similar items together.
After playing time is over, tell your child that he/she should clean up. Make it fun by singing songs or telling funny stories. Once your child learns the basics, he can clean without your help. Don’t forget to praise the child when the job is well done.
Help Develop Social Skills
Preschool is a place where your child needs social skills. Therefore, before you go to preschool, consider whether your child can stay without you. Focus on socialization instead of academic readiness.
Your child should learn basic social skills, such as taking turns, sharing, communicating with other kids, and playing with them. You can help your child by initiating a peer play, so your child will participate in different playdates before attending preschool.
Your child should greet others, follow directions, know basic table manners, say thank you and please, listen to adults and show respect for others. If you start early, your child will more likely to learn more social skills.
Check If Your Child Is Emotionally Ready
Emotional readiness is the vital skill for preschool. Children should be able to identify and handle their emotions. It can be hard for a preschooler to understand feelings so he/she can get out of control in these situations. A child doesn’t understand why he experiences certain emotions but you can help your kid by allowing him/her to openly express emotions in safe environments. Learning how to manage emotions is important for preschool and it is also an essential life skill.
Help With Communication Skills
Your child will be successful at school if he knows how to talk and listen, and parents have many opportunities to help a kid with language skills. Just by talking about dinner, daily routines or items in a room, you help your child learn new words and expressions.
Choose things that your child likes because when they are excited, they are ready to learn more. Even a few minutes a day are very helpful.
Focus on the Basics
Before heading to preschool, your child should know his/her full name, names of his mom and dad, address and your phone number. Teach these basics by playing with a toy phone or repeating numbers out loud. Moreover, if your child has an allergy or a specific health condition, make sure to teach the importance of keeping this information accessible on a note card.
No More Flash Cards
Children should learn new things in a fun way. When you’re outside, point out colors and letters on signs. You can create experiences when learning is fun, which makes your child a good learner. Don’t stress out a kid with academic tasks before he goes to school. He/she will have more than enough of it later, anyway.