Five Things Parents Can Do to Make Preschool a Success
Sending your little one off to preschool can be a heart wrenching experience, like they’re going off into the big world on their own. Rest assured, your child is in good hands with a highly qualified early childhood educator. Although a preschool teacher is well trained to educate preschoolers, you play an enormous role in your child’s education. There are five things that a preschool teacher should be able to expect from parents.
Dress (your child) for success. Preschool time is play time, art time, exploration time. For many children it’s also potty learning time. If your child is too worried about his or her nice clothes to really get into messy play, it means missing out on fun and very valuable learning experiences. Overalls and zippers can hinder your child’s success when learning to use the bathroom without assistance.
Allow plenty of time for dropping off and picking up. Drop offs and pickups are important and often stressful transition times for little ones. If you’re stressed out because of a tight schedule, your child will pick up on your anxiety and reflect it. Even when you allow plenty of time for a relaxed drop off, your child may cry. You can be confident that your calm demeanor and reassuring words lessen your child’s stress in spite of their tears.
Say goodbye and leave. An important function of preschool is developing your child’s social and emotional skills. One of these skills is coping with separation. Never scoot out the door when your child isn’t looking, even if you’re convinced that your child will cry if you say goodbye. Saying goodbye and reminding your child what time you will pick them up helps to develop confidence that parents keep their word and always come back.
Keep in touch. Your child’s teacher may be very busy during drop off and pickup, but most teachers try to connect with each parent at least briefly at the end of the day. If your child’s school uses a notebook or progress report system, check it daily. Make time for parent-teacher conferences so that everyone is on the same page. It is especially important to let the teacher know if your child is going through an especially stressful time, such as a move or other major changes at home.
Last but not least, be supportive. If your child is working on a specific skill at school, find out how you can support the learning at home. As best you can, try to keep a predictable schedule on the weekends so that your child doesn’t have to readjust to preschool every Monday morning. Visit this website to learn more about child preschool in Apex.
Jade has years of experience in dealing with children and also as a teacher. You can find her thoughts at: thekidscornerblog.wordpress.com