The transition from preschool to elementary school is a huge, amazing step in your child’s life. Ideally, you should be preparing for schooling from day 1, but if you have delayed preparations, at least start once they are in preschool. It is crazy how fast little humans pick up on new things. They learn so quickly, so most of the time, school will come easier to them at this age compared to down the road. But, going from preschool to Kindergarten is a huge step in their lives and there is some preparing that needs to take place. Most of the time when you Google “how to get your preschooler ready for Kindergarten,” you will find list after list on educational material to teach your child. While this is important and we will talk about it a bit today, it’s not the end all be all. There are other things to consider when preparing for elementary school, so I want to focus on both sides of the equation: getting ready for the education and getting ready in general.
Lay down a good foundation
In preschool, kids will learn basic material such as shapes, letters, colors, their name, their address, sometimes numbers, and other information to prepare them for Kindergarten. While this is a fantastic start, supplementing this material with your own material will be even better for your child. There are so many interesting and fun ways to learn in the world and you should allow your child to soak in all of the information that they could possibly learn. When you go to the park, teach your child about different insects you see, different types of weather and seasons, or maybe even about kindness. While all of this is not essential for Kindergarten, I still believe that it is laying down a great foundation for your child.
Get them excited
Heading off to “big kid school” can be a scary transition for a lot of kids. Make sure they know what to expect and let them know why they should be excited about it – kindergarten should be fun for them, so there is no reason for them not to be excited. Talk to them about how cool school is, tell them about your (fun) school experiences, take a tour of their new school, meet their teacher, and maybe get together with a few of their classmates (if possible) before school. This will ensure that they are completely comfortable when walking in the first day.
Establish bedtime and morning routines
Routines are extremely important when it comes to school. We already know that it can be a hard emotional transition, but it is also a big physical transition, as well. In order to lessen the blow, try to implement the ‘new’ schedule before they head off to school. If you do this, they will already be on a new schedule and will not have to adjust. When you are figuring out a new schedule, make sure you give yourself a lot of extra time in the mornings – more time than you think you will need. Mess For Less says, “The last thing you want to do is be frenzied and harried running out the door. Not only is this stressful for you, but your kids will pick up on the stress as well. Anytime I have been in a rush my kids are always more prone to meltdowns and frankly, so am I. So give yourself and them the gift of time which comes from have a predictable sleep and waking schedule. It will make your mornings run smoother and get your kids ready to learn.”
Now that you have prepared your child, make sure to prepare yourself – your baby is headed off to elementary school and it should be an exciting time! As long as you prepare for hiccups along the way, you should be fine.
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