Today is all about preschoolers! So often when we think of back to school we think of older kids. We arrange their schedules, we get the school supplies they need, we get them to their practices, arrange their carpools, and send them off on their way to conquer the world. But, it’s important to have some tips for preschool parents up your sleeve. After all, as parents we just want to make the first day of school easier.
Are you sending your little one off to school for the first time? Even if it is only for a few hours a couple of days a week, this can be an anxious time for both a preschooler and their parents!
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Sometimes, there is great excitement and anticipation – at least until the night before! Then suddenly, your preschooler, who was bubbling with excitement, is suddenly a flurry of tears. Perhaps they are not the only one in tears as the reality of the following day sets in.
This doesn’t have to be an emotionally charged mess, however, if you’ve got a few tips to use in a proactive way. Here are some things you can start doing now, to prepare for those last minute jitters to help keep the tears at bay.
Check out these tips for preschool parents to make their first day of school easier!
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Read books about school & the first day of school
There are numerous books at every local library about going to school for the first time.
Take advantage of these and start reading them long before that first day arrives. Here are a few favorites:
Let them hear positive first day of school stories
Have other kids talk to your preschooler about their GOOD experiences at school.
Have them tell your child all the great things about being in school. If they have any negative stories, make sure they know that these would not be helpful at this time.
It’s never too early for your kids to start hearing these positive stories. When kids tell stories to other kids, there is almost always a captive audience.
Check out their new school
Set up a time for your preschooler to take a tour of the school.
Ideally, this would happen more than once. Hopefully, they will be able to meet some of the key people at the school, too.
Also, if you can arrange this before the previous school year ends it’s even better!
Keep their preschool familiar
Drive past your child’s school frequently over the summer.
Remind your child that this is where they will be going. Show them how close it really is to your home.
Even if it is some distance away, you can play this down by making a big deal about in being “so close to home.”
Make the same drive you will be making once they start going to school.
Help them choose their own school supplies
Involve your child in choosing their backpack, lunchbox, and needed supplies.
Then, don’t let them use any of these things until school starts, which can be a challenge!
Pick the perfect back to school outfit
Allow your child to choose the outfit they will wear for the first day of school.
This can even be done well in advance of the first day in order to build anticipation. You could make this really special by getting them a brand new school outfit!
Keep family close for the first day of preschool
Let your child choose a picture or pictures of you to take along. Or, maybe they would like a picture of the entire family.
Place it in a special frame or book, and make sure they know just where to find it in their backpack.
Let your child feel like you’re there on the first day of school
Give your child a folded tissue that you have sprayed with your perfume to take along, too.
Put it in a ziplock bag and tuck it away in a different place than where the picture is.
Give your preschooler a little gift on the first day of school
Send along a little something that is special to them as a surprise for them to discover.
A small animal, a favorite action figure, or a beloved doll could all do.
Give your child a kiss to take along
Put on some lipstick and make a lip print on a small piece of paper or card stock.
Tell your child that it is there for them whenever they feel like they need a kiss from you. Have them gently put it up to their cheek, and it will be almost as good as the real thing!
Whether your child is naturally apprehensive or the type who had the world by the tail from the moment they were born, first day of preschool jitters are almost a sure thing. If they are not your child’s jitters, they may be your own! Whether these 10 tips are for your child or to put your own mind at ease, they can be a great way to make the first day, or the first week, a success.