At Ready Set Grow, a Long Island Preschool, we are committed to providing your child with the best education, in order to prepare them for elementary school. Our preschool classes are fun and aid children in developing social skills that will remain beneficial for years to come. We’ve created a list of the best practices on how to prepare your child for preschool.
Read to your children:
Reading to your children can help them develop comprehension skills and strengthen vocabulary. By reading to your children it helps get them comfortable with regular comprehension activities. Taking time to flip through books with your children, helps them learn to digest information and get used learning through books. The best time to read to your children is at night time. Bedtimes stories help them calm down and get ready for a good night’s sleep.
Have conversations with your children:
Having daily conversations with your child also helps to strengthen their vocabulary and listening skills. It’s best to have daily conversations speaking to them in an upbeat positive tone. Point out whats going on whether your at home or out running errands. Pointing out things you observe everyday, helps introduce new ideas and concepts about life.
Take your children to the park:
Bringing children to the park will give them the opportunity to observe other children their age and be comfortable playing in a group setting. Children love to play outside, keeping your child active allows them to release the tons of energy they possess. Taking your child to the playground allows them to choose if they’d like to play with other children or mimic the same activities other children are doing. Children learn through observation and will feel more compelled to go down the slide if they see someone their age doing the same.
Creating goodbye routines will help comfort a child and make for an easier transition into attending preschool everyday. If your child has separation anxiety, a routine will allow them to understand whats going on and prepare themselves for their parent to leave. Although at first they may still be upset, incorporating good-bye routines can ease the process and slowly rid them of anxiety. Also it’s best practice to avoid rescuing your child if they’re unhappy with you leaving. By coming to their rescue they learn that throwing a fit can work and will continue the same behavior. By standing your ground you can break the chain and help your child develop independence and discipline.
By practicing these exercises you’ll have your child ready for preschool in no time. These little guys may be scared at first, but like most after a few days they will not want to leave.