My first day of preschool wasn’t easy. It wasn’t for my sister either.
With 15 months between us, I was the first to go to school.
Rocking back and forth in a fetal position on the front porch she sobbed as my mom and I drove away from the house.
(we were inseparable)
It’s not easy for most preschoolers. Once in the classroom, to help comfort me, my mom put her watch on my wrist.
“When the big hand gets here, I’ll be back to pick you up.”
I was instantly at ease. But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
Check out these 4 tips for a successful transition into preschool provided by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Babies.
Read books about preschool. Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling. My all time favorite? The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (video). Check out our Pinterest page for more book suggestions.
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool. Take turns being the parent, child & teacher. Act out common daily routines, such as saying goodbye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having circle time, playing outside, and taking naps.
My suggestion? Include siblings in this one (my sister would have appreciated it)!
Make a game out of practicing self-help skills. Skills like unzipping her coat, hanging her coat on a hook, putting on her backpack, fastening shoes and sitting “criss-cross applesauce."
Play at your new preschool. Tour the school and play on the playground a few times. Be sure to meet the teacher!