You know your child best. If she’s a social bug who can’t get enough learning, maybe she’ll do better at a big preschool. If you have a shy little guy who is sensitive, maybe he’ll do best at a neighborhood school. If your baby can’t bear to be parted from you and you don’t want to part from her, maybe preschool just isn’t for you this year. Don’t feel pressure to school your child if you don’t think she’s ready.
How to Make Going to Preschool Easier:
- Let them pick their outfit on their first day
- Tour the school with your child
- Help them memorize the teacher’s name
- Walk in together on the first day or two, but say goodbye
- Do NOT sneak out, it can leave them feeling abandoned
- Assure your child that you will be back in an hour (or two)
- Encourage them to make a friend
- Ask them specific questions about what they did (“Did you paint?)
- If parents bring snacks, have your little person help pick it
- Ask the school about show-and-tell, most have them
- Have your child demonstrate what they learned to another family member
- Be on time to pick them up!
- Some kids need time after school to decompress, let them!
Preschool is the time when your child can start figuring out who she is outside of your identity. Most children love to explore the world in a safe environment. A child who is excited to go to school, brings home projects and crafts, talks about kids they’ve met, are all signs that preschool is working for them.