The first day of preschool is a big step for you and your child to take. Being adequately prepared for this milestone is key to your child’s success. To make the transition a little easier you may want to try some of the suggestions below.
- Read picture books about the beginning of school can help to lessen apprehensions and help your child develop positive feelings about school.
- Enroll in a special class prior to preschool that are designed to gradually ease the child towards independence. Classes are planned in shorter lengths of time and children get use to structured activities such as story time and following directions on a small scale.
- Attend library story times or special events where other young children are present.
- Take advantage of other opportunities to leave you child in a safe environment without you with a grandparent or babysitter for a short time.
- Do not linger when you leave your child. Children easily pick up on your hesitation or anxiety. Tell your child you will return and give them a reassuring hug and walk away.
- Practice speaking English at home if it is not your family’s primary language.
- Being on their own is sometime unsettling to a child and it only complicates the situation if they cannot understand or communicate with the teachers or other children.
- Toilet independence is required prior to starting preschool.
Please remember to check your child’s classroom bulletin board daily for important information
Handwriting and Letter/Number Recognition Curriculum
We use many resources to develop handwriting skills by incorporating using hands-on, multisensory materials that are designed in such a way that introduces shapes, numbers, and letters in an order that matches the progression of children’s developmental abilities so that it is easier for them to practice, learn, and remember. We use Handwriting/Numbers Galore, teacherspayteachers, Handwriting by Lavinia Pop, A-Z Handwriting NO PREP, Handwriting without Tears and so many more. We also are beginning to learn sight words for early beginning reading prep (these are words commonly seen such as “a, to, the, and, at, go, be, can, etc).
Informational Preschool Resources
Areas Of Skill Development
Developmental Learning Concepts
Developmental Profile: 3 Year Old
Developmental Profile: 4 Year Old
First Steps to Acknowledging Child’s Fears
Give Me Five
Independence and Success in Life
What Do We Do In Preschool
Philosophy of Learning
Potty Training Cheat Sheet
Reveal the Hidden Math
Speech & Language Development
Useful Links for Parents
What to Expect
When to Stay Home