Beginning preschool is an exciting time in the life of your young child. New friends, colorful classrooms, and learning new skills are some of the perks for children enrolling in pre-K classrooms. However, some children may need help getting interested and excited about this major milestone, which is where you come in. The following list outlines some helpful tips to help get your child interested in beginning preschool and stay interested in regular attendance.
Excite them about what they are going to experience prior to their first day of school. Explain to your child that they are going to make new friends, see new faces, and have delicious snacks. Talk with your child about the games that they are going to play and the songs that they may sing. Continue to remind them of these activities in the following days, even after they have already begun school, continue to encourage excitement and a positive attitude.
Engage Them to Make It Interesting
Start the school year with a fresh start. Allow your child to pick out new token pieces of clothing that they are interested in, encourage them to choose their own school supplies in colors and shapes that excite them, show them the best backpacks for school, and allow them to make decisions regarding breakfast and packed lunches/snacks that they were not often permitted to have while at home.
Pamper Them A Little
As with meeting other milestones, allow your child to have new privileges that they were not previously privy to. Good behavior at school may equate to an additional television program or extra playtime outside. Children, even the most stubborn, thrive when they are given the opportunity to make their own decisions.
Encouraging your child to be interested and engaged in school, even during those first few years, helps promote an interest in education and learning for years to come!
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.