How to Make Your Kid Ready for Pre-School?
When you are a baby, the idea of a school can be a scary one. Imagine being alone in the school with a bunch of strangers when all your life you have stuck close to one or both of your parents. So, what can you do as a parent to lessen the fears of your kid and make him or her comfortable with the idea of school as a place to have fun and learn? How can you help your kid without being too strict about it? Let’s try to find the right answers here.
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The first thing you can do to make your child feel comfortable is to start talking about pre-school from an early age so that it doesn’t come as a shock to the little one that he or she has to attend school one day. To make the kid aware of how he or she will be treated at school, you can take help from this extract by zerotothree.org as it will make your child comfortable with the idea of school.
Take turns being the parent, child, and teacher. Act out common daily routines, such as saying good-bye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps. Reassure your child that preschool is a good place where she will have fun and learn. Answer her questions patiently. This helps children feel more in control which reduces their anxiety… Read More
When your kid already has a set schedule and have proper time for everything like when to have meals, when to study, when to sleep and when to play, it would add structure to his or her life. This structure will help the kid to adjust easily to the new school environment from the first day because not only your kid, but all the kids in a preschool would be asked to live according to a structured routine. Maintaining a routine would also help the kid to grow up to be a responsible person.
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Another thing you can do to help your child get familiar with the idea of pre-school is to talk out his or her fears. Yes, like adults, kids also have apprehensions about new things, and they often fear to express their doubts aloud for fear of being made fun of. You should answer your kids’ queries as patiently as possible and alleviate all the fears as soon as they crop up. This piece by kidshealth.org says it all very effectively.
Spend time talking with your child about preschool even before it starts. Before the first day, gradually introduce your child to activities that often take place in a classroom. A child accustomed to scribbling with paper and crayons at home, for example, will find it comforting to discover the same crayons and paper in his or her preschool classroom…Read More
As a parent, you can also stay prepared in advance and teach your kid about alphabets, recognizing body parts, names of animals, colors, etc. It will ensure that the kid has the basics nailed in before the school life even begins. You are also free to buy some coursebooks in advance so that the kid gets to know that the books are his or her responsibility and takes them everywhere, be it a play date with a friend or a car ride with a parent.
Even if you have tried both the strategies, your kid might still have fears regarding going alone to a strange place especially without a parent. To make things easier for the kid, one thing you can do is to let the kid take his or her favorite toy or a comfort object with him or her. This method is also suggested by whattoexpect.com. It might help the kid to feel more comfortable, and it might act as an object that the kid can talk about to his or her classmates or new friends.
If the preschool allows it, let your child bring along his favorite stuffed animal (or blanket, or whatever object does the trick) so the new setting doesn’t feel so scary. And once your teddy-toting tot feels comfortable with his surroundings, he’ll let go of his lovey — or at least leave it in his cubby when he plays… Read More
When your kid has something that he or she is emotionally attached to, the kid will use it as a support system until he or she makes new friends or feels comfortable in a new environment. In case your kid wants to take his teddy or pillow with him or her for a few days, you must allow it. Don’t take away the emotional support offered by the object until your kid feels that he or she can deal with the new environment without it. Snatching it away forcefully might harm the emotional well-being of the kid.
We are sure that if you follow these suggestions, it might help the kid to feel more at home at a new place. Try them all and let us know which strategy worked the best for you. After all, we can all learn from one another and help our kids in the best possible manner, won’t you agree?
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