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Is Your Toddler Ready for Preschool?

Thursday, 15 August, 2019 - 1:00 am

Sending your child to preschool for the first time will be nerve wracking, not only for the parent/caregiver, but also for the child. Below are a few reminders that will help their day, and yours, go more smoothly!

Help your child understand what a day at preschool may be like for them. There will be table top activities that help their fine motor skills like writing. Have them color or play with markers and paper to draw shapes or “write” their name. 

There will also be circle time, story time, and share time - which will be group activities led by the teacher. You can talk about listening and sharing skills. 

If potty learning has started at home, let your child know that there will be potties just for them in their classroom. Take a tour of the class, show them where the cubbies of their things from home will be, the nap area, restrooms, etc. 

If possible, have your child meet the teacher and a few of the kids in the class so they will have familiar faces on their first day. 

Children thrive on routine, so it is important to start a good routine at home prior to starting school. Keeping bedtime and wake up consistent is particularly helpful in setting the schedule for the day. 

By talking with them openly and excitedly about preschool, and validating any nerves they may be feeling, you can help your child get ready for the first day. 

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