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How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

At Children’s Campus of Greenville, we realize that sending your child to preschool is a big deal. It’s a brand new environment with new people and a new routine that can be overwhelming to your child. Even though you may feel confident that the preschool you have chosen is the best for your situation, you may still feel nervous about how your child will adjust. But, it will be less daunting if you have done a few things in preparation for sending your child into this new world called preschool. Our 5-star preschool in Greenville, NC has compiled a short list of activities you can do together to help with a smooth and positive transition into preschool!

Pay a Visit to the Preschool Together

It’s important for your child to have some exposure to the school with you prior to the first day. Request a tour of the preschool, explore the classroom, and play on the playground fixtures. This helps to familiarize your child and make the first day less frightening.

Play School at Home

Children learn about real life many times from pretend play. Pretend play can help your child acclimate to different routines like story time, singing songs, and nap time. Change it up with you being the teacher some of the time and then your child being the teacher. 

Practice the Night and Morning Routines

So that your child will be used to a different routine, practice the new bedtime and wake-up time for several weeks before school starts. Pick a time for going to bed that allows a good night’s rest and a wake-up time that is early enough that no one has to rush in the morning. 

Make a Game Out of Getting Ready Skills

Practice getting dressed including fastening buttons and zippers if you haven’t already taught your child these skills. Add putting on a backpack and hanging a jacket on a hook. Even putting on shoes can be part of the game by seeing how quickly you can get it done!

Talk to Your Child about Feelings

Be sure to ask your child about how he/she is feeling in anticipation of going to school. Let them know that it is normal to feel excited or worried because starting something new can feel scary. But also let them know that it can be fun too! Reassure your child that you will be there to pick them up at the end of the day and then you can talk about what happened that day during school. 

Have a Plan for Saying Good-Bye

We know that saying goodbye can be hard for both you and your child. Try to keep your parting quick and positive. You might want to have a special routine that will help comfort your child like singing a song together or doing a special handshake. Again, reassure them that you will see each other at the end of the school day and can’t wait to hear about their experiences! It will get easier every day.

Helpful Books to Prepare for Starting Preschool

Whether you are helping your child prepare for preschool or kindergarten, these books are great for guiding your conversation about what to look forward to and answering questions about all the fun and learning that is ahead of them.

KINDergarten

by Vera Ahiyya, illustrated by Joey Chou

There are many ways to show kindness, and this kindergarten class tries to do as many as possible. Even though Leo is nervous for his first day of school, he quickly learns that small acts of kindness add up and get noticed. It’s a wonderful book to calm first-day jitters and encourage young readers to be kind.

How to Be Kind in Kindergarten

by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Ruth Hammond

This is an adorable handbook for little kids that teaches them how to show kindness to others. From taking turns on the swings to sharing toys, these sweet simple tips offer guidance to all new kindergarteners.

Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go to School!

by Christina Geist, illustrated by Tim Bower

In this charming tale of role reversal, Buddy and his sister Lady are ready for school–and so are the grown-ups! Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and even the dog are all excited for a fun-filled day of storytime, science experiments, and games. Too bad grown-ups can’t go to school. Only kids and teachers!

Preschool, Here I Come!

by David J. Steinberg, illustrated by John Joven

The latest book in the Here I Come! series celebrates all of the firsts that preschool holds–from saying goodbye to your parents to learning how to mix colors. Author D.J. Steinberg carefully crafts silly rhymes that your preschooler is sure to enjoy. And for older children, Steinberg has the perfect guide for them too with Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Children’s Campus of Greenville Makes the First-Day Fun for Your Child

At our 5-star childcare center in Greenville, we understand the emotions involved in beginning preschool. We are dedicated to making that day and every day a positive experience for your child and for you! Contact us today by calling 252-756-8200 or filling out the form below to learn more or schedule a tour of our campus. We look forward to hearing from you!

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