Preschool is an important part of many kids’ lives. It can also be a difficult time as children are taken away from their parents and home for the longest time yet in their young lives. Preparation for preschool is essential to helping them do well in preschool.
One of the benefits of sending kids to preschool is the chance to be around other children and develop social skills. For children with no siblings and who do not spend a lot of time with other kids, it might be harder to understand taking turns and sharing. Before staring preschool, try to set up play dates with other children to get them used to doing these things.
Kids understand a lot more than they are given credit for. Talk to them about preschool and give them a better idea about what to expect. Emphasize the good things, telling them “not be be afraid” may seem like the right thing to say but it does bring up the question, “should I be afraid?” Tell them about your good experiences.
This is going to be an emotional time for the family as a whole. Learning to be away from you will be hard at first for your child but you can make it easier by reassuring them when they need it and reinforcing the positive aspects of the experience.