From new lunchboxes to new sleep schedules, the weeks before your child starts his first day of preschool can feel overwhelming. However, there are many easy ways to prepare your preschooler for the big change in his life that is coming. Here are some simple steps you can take to get your child not only ready, but also excited to start preschool.
From putting it on a calendar to writing on a whiteboard, or even putting sticky notes around the house, the more you write things down, the more prepared you will be. And, the more prepared you are, the more comfortably your child will transition when school starts. Start creating a weekly calendar filled with your child’s new schedule and activities. Make a list of groceries you need to buy and make reminders for yourself of the things you normally swear you’ll remember. After doing these things, you’ll feel a lot less stressed and that you’re constantly forgetting something. Implementing a level of structure and organization into your family’s life a few weeks beforehand will aid in helping the whole house feel less like a huge life change is occurring.
Start your new schedule early
Just because school hasn’t started yet doesn’t mean you can’t begin to get your child acquainted with his new routine. If you wait until the night before his first day to put him to bed earlier than normal, he won’t be able to sleep well, and he may also resist or even resent this new change. Start early, and, if you don’t already, put your little one to bed at the time you would begin bedtime once school started. This way, you have some time to adjust. By the time school starts, he’ll be adjusted to his new sleep cycle and will be well rested for his first day.
Start talking about school now
One of the biggest adjustments in a child’s life when he begins school is mental/emotional. Don’t get so busy trying to get lunches and carpools in order that you forget to truly sit down with your preschooler and talk to him about what to expect. The more familiar the concept of preschool is before his first day, the better. Let him ask questions and regularly bring up all the fun new things he’ll get to do once he starts school. Before you know it, he’ll be more than ready to run into his classroom and start this new adventure.
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