Playgroups are great ways for children to interact with peers and other adults.
Children love to pretend play!
Spend time participating in storytime at the local library.
Activities like this are great for encouraging children to practice sitting calmly and interacting in a respectful way. With these skills down, once your child starts school, they will be a blessing to their preschool teacher.
Plus, outings expose them to new people and environments. And will have them ready to go once school starts.
Play, Play, Play
Play is important!
The more play, the better, especially if they are interacting with other people.
It is a good idea not to let your child win all the time.
Playing games can teach them resilience and respect that comes from losing and winning.
Learn to Share
Your child will soon be where they have to learn to wait their turn. Teach your child that they have to share attention with others. Sharing objects, space, and time is a large part of preschool. Try practicing turn-taking, and give praise when they wait their turn patiently.
Cleaning up a mess they've made themselves helps develop your preschooler's sense of responsibility. Teach them in small steps to put away their toys and tidy up. You can make this chore fun or into a game racing a clock.
Working on self-help skills
Preschool fosters independence.
Because this is a critical time in child development, work on skills like
using the toilet
putting on shoes and socks
putting on jackets
Practicing these skills is an amazing way to help boost their confidence.
Preschool is such a fun time, children are natural learners who want to know everything. That is why they ask 200 questions before breakfast. Use your child's exploration and question asking to help prepare and excite them for a lifetime of learning.
And parents, your baby is a big kid now.
Starting preschool is a big deal. Don’t forget about yourself. Take the time to get to know your child’s preschool teacher. Yes, parents have to prepare for preschool too!