Do you have a child starting preschool? This can be a huge step for any family, because it often is a big change for both the child and to the mom and dad. Even kids who are already in daycare will find that preschool is so different, as it’s the first time they are really tasked with learned, in addition to playing. To get ready for preschool, here are some tips for moms and dads.
- Read. Read. Read. Reading to your child is the easiest thing you can do to help them get ready to learn, and it’s very effective. Reading every night is best, as it helps your child learn a routine (see number 2).
- Establish a routine. I have found that my kids crave routine, and it really does help them focus. Start establishing a basic routine now, and your child will find comfort in the routine.
- Get to know your child’s teacher. Preschool is really the best time to learn about any potential issues your child may have, and your child’s teacher can really be your partner in this. But, you do have to establish a relationship with your child’s teacher – let them know that you really want feedback. Be respectful, and this relationship can be highly productive.
- Reinforce learnings. Find out what your child is learning about, and try to reinforce it as much as possible at home.
- Have fun! Let your child have fun when he or she is home. Plan playdates, and let them have lots of free play time too.
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