Preschool Prep: 5 Tips to Get Your Tot Ready For School

If you have a tot heading off to preschool for the first time this fall, you’re probably feeling a lot of feelings. While you might be excited about all they’ll learn (and maybe getting a little time to yourself) it’s probably also hard to believe that they’re already big enough for preschool. You might also be a little anxious about how to best prepare your little one for the adventure ahead. Check out the list below for ideas on how to prepare your little one for preschool this fall.

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Take them for a visit

One of the best ways to prepare your child for their first day of preschool is to take them to the school for a visit. Often, seeing where they’ll be going and meeting the person who will be their caretaker helps ease any worries they may be feeling. While a one-time visit will go a long way towards preparing your little one for preschool, you can take this idea a step further by making their preschool a regular stop if you’re able to. Drive by and point it out as you’re running errands or stop there to play on the playground over the weekend and your little one will begin to recognize their preschool as a safe, familiar place. 

Talk about it

Just because your tot doesn't always listen to your directions doesn’t mean that they’re not listening to you when you talk to them. When you talk about their preschool frequently they’ll begin to get comfortable with the idea that that’s where they’ll be spending their mornings or days soon. You don’t have to work hard to work preschool into your regular conversations. As you play, note that their preschool will have toys just like at home or wonder out loud with them about the friends they’ll make and about what they’ll get to do during the day.

Be positive

While you might be feeling some mixed emotions about your tiny, brand new, feels-like-they-were-just-born-yesterday baby going off to preschool that doesn’t mean you should share them with your little one. Keep your comments about preschool as positive as possible and avoid mentioning how much you’ll miss them or how it makes you feel to see them growing up so quickly. 

Practice your morning routine

Sometimes, the best thing you can do to prepare for a new experience is to practice. If your tot is used to waking up and playing at home without any rush to get out of the house, you might need to practice what your morning routines will look like once preschool starts. You can practice your routine by setting up playdates or outings for the time that preschool will start and then talking them through the getting ready process as you take action in the morning. 

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Good luck mamas!  Your little ones are going to do great at preschool this fall! 

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Preschool Prep: 5 Tips to Get Your Tot Ready For School

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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