Preschool is a significant transition for a child, and parents play an essential part in preparing their young ones for it. It is never too early to help preschoolers through the preschool process.
The goal of early education is not just education but also socialization. In the early years of life, children start developing their personalities and learning to engage with others outside of their families.
Listen to your child and teach them to listen as well
Talk to them about the importance of preschool
Fine-tune their motor skills through games
Ease them with the transition
Do not over-prepare
1. Visit the preschool with the kids
Go to the preschool together with your child. Talk about what they are going to need in order to prepare themselves for attending preschool. Help them get acquainted with the school settings, staff, and activities they can perform.
2. Stick to a set schedule
Stick to a regular daily schedule. Include your child in the daily activities. This will help them later on once they attend preschool since it is essential for children to know what to expect and when to expect certain things. This will also ensure that they stay on track with their studies, sleep schedule and other activities while attending preschool, setting them up for success early.
3. Teach them self help skills
Self-help skills will encourage them to become independent under the supervision of the preschool staff. Teach your child how to tie their shoes, zip-up jackets, brush their teeth and use the washroom before attending preschool. It will give them better independence during their time at school.
4. Create teachable moments on a daily routine
Start teaching them these skills at a young age to prepare for preschool. Teach your child how to set the table, wash their own dishes and tidy up after themselves. Teachable moments are not closed to these alone. It can happen anytime without the kids doing any tasks. It is how children will learn small things like respecting others, being polite, good manners, etiquette and more.
5. Listen to your child and teach them to listen as well
When your child is speaking, take time to listen to them and set a good example. Make them understand that it is essential not to interrupt while someone is talking by doing the same for them. They should also learn to listen as you speak and grab the essence of the conversation.
6. Talk to them about the importance of preschool
Kids need to clearly understand what is expected from them regarding their behaviour, activities and studying for this new experience. Have them understand what is the importance of preschool and get them excited to learn, play and explore.
7. Fine-tune their motor skills through games
Provide them with exercises and games that will help them fine-tune their motor skills. Playing with dough, catching balls, holding scissors, pencils and more can help them strengthen their hands and finger muscles, which will, in turn, boost their motor skills.
8. Ease them with the transition
It will be necessary for your child to feel safe and secure in their new surroundings. Try preparing a transitional box that contains familiar books, toys, and objects they have been using at home. This will ease the transition from home to preschool in Abu Dhabi.
9. Do not over-prepare
Preschool activities need to be developmentally appropriate. If your child is not ready for a project or action, it could result in frustration and the need to repeat it over and over again. It could cause them to lose interest and become bored with a project that should have been fun. Also, attending preschool is all about exploring. So reduce the rules and regulations and let them have fun.
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