A preschool would be the very first school that your child is going to enter. As parents we should have a lot of preparations just to make sure that everything will go well. The choosing alone of the right school for your child will require a lot of effort. Eventually, the time will come where you already have to send your child to school. It won’t be easy on their part as well because they are already going to be exposed on a different environment.
One such school in Singapore is My Little Campus, that caters from infants to kindergarten children. They are notable for their primary school preparation programs, that teaches kindergarten children linguistic, Mathematics, Science, and social skills to prepare them adequately for primary school. You should definitely check them out if you are serious about helping your child.
Next, Michaela Bisset will try to help us regarding this matter by giving us tips for helping your toddlers.
Tips for helping your toddlers
Liane Shaw of Shaws Preschool passes on some useful tips about equipping preschoolers for school, helping them to be more independent, and promoting good eating habits.
How can parents help preschoolers become more independent and do things for themselves?
- Provide opportunities, within safe and reasonable limits. Simply put, the more they get to try doing things for themselves, the better they become at it.
- Celebrate successes, but also allow for mistakes. Children need to hear that it is OK not to get it right the first time (or the 27th!). Constant encouragement teaches them the importance of “dusting their hands off” and trying again.
- Offer choices. The classroom is prepared in a way that allows children to choose what they want to work on or play with. At home, let them choose which books to read, what toys to play with, or what to wear, for example. This will go a long way towards helping them make decisions and sticking with them, whatever the consequences may be. Read more here.
Some of the tips given above include tips on how parents could help pre-schoolers become more independent, how picky eaters could be encouraged to eat different kinds of foods, and there are also pieces of information on how Shaw Preschool prepares their students for a big school. In addition, Sassy Mama will also give us tips and tricks to help your little ones love preschool.
Sassy Scoop: Tips and Tricks to Help Your Little Ones Love Preschool
When you’ve done the research, found the ideal preschool for your little one, and signed them up, the next step turns to actually preparing your child for their first day. Besides a new backpack and a pair of school shoes, tots need to be mentally ready for preschool, so we turned to the expert educators at Learning Vision for their best advice on how to help your little ones settle in and love preschool!
How is my child likely to be feeling on their first day of preschool?
Starting preschool is a big step and often children feel excitement, anticipation and anxiety – just like their parents! Try not to let your own anxieties transfer to your child but instead recognise that everything you and your child are feeling is completely normal. Talk to your child about what’s going to happen on their first day and also give yourself time to be emotionally prepared too. Read more here.
So the first thing we should actually do is to ask our children about what they feel on their first day of preschool. That is how we are going to know if we should do something in order to encourage them to love school. Then, the rest of the steps will follow.
Another problem that parents encounter is the difficulty of dropping their children to school. Tom Robinson for Fatherly will tell us about the do’s and don’ts of dropping off your child to school.
From A Preschool Teacher: The Do’s And (Please) Don’ts Of Dropping Off Your Kid
How can parents deal with a child who cries at school or daycare drop-off?
I am a preschool teacher who deals with tearful separation professionally, and I can assure you that, in most cases, the amount of time your child spends in tears is directly proportional to the amount of time you spend lingering. I know it is difficult for parents to leave their child in tears, but if the separation is done right, they won’t remain that way.
So how do you do it right? Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Don’t: Sneak Out of the Room When Your Child Isn’t Looking
Doing so is an easy way to avoid having a child you love scream in your face, but it doesn’t help the problem. Your child is crying because they are afraid of abandonment, and when they look up to see their parent has left stealthily, the fear is reinforced.
Do: Say Goodbye and Tell Your Child That You Have to Go But You Love Them
Give them a hug, kiss, or whatever other parting custom you share with your child. Read more here.
I am pretty sure that most parents already experienced the difficulty of seeing their child cry upon dropping them off and leaving them in school. So for the parents who are worrying of experiencing this in the future, you now know what to do. Just follow the tips above and you wouldn’t have to feel sorry for leaving your child. Sending your child to school really takes a lot of preparations from choosing the right preschool, to the first day of school and until the last day of school.