Getting kids ready for preschool is often more stressful for parents than it is for the child — the idea of your baby growing up so quickly, what if they don’t make friends, what if they aren’t ready for the lessons? For kids, the idea of going to preschool means that they are big kids! They get to go to a new place, play and have fun with other children.
At Madame Curie School, our staff strives to prepare all of our students for their educational journey. From early preschool to kindergarteners, and beyond, we use STEAM ++ Curriculum to give your child the best educational experience possible. To help our students prepare for preschool, our early preschool program focuses on developing children’s personalities, their independence, focus, and problem-solving skills. With our experienced and highly skilled staff, you can feel confident that you’re dropping off your child at one of the best preschools in Chantilly and Herndon.
What parents can do to help prepare kids for preschool.
Don’t Over Prepare
To put your minds at ease, the first thing we want you to know is that you shouldn’t over prepare. Many things that you can do to help your child be successful in school are things that you are probably already doing! Here are some great things that you can do every day to help them get ready for preschool:
Give them toys that help develop their fine and gross motor skills.
- Help them practice their ABCs and 123s.
- Show them how to clean their room or put on their coat by themselves.
- Let them help you bake something.
- Encouraging them to play outside.
- Socializing them with other children.
- Read them children’s books.
Even though these activities may not appear to be getting them ready for a preschool program, these are exactly the things that can help them the most. A preschool program isn’t a typical school where kids are studying and working on homework. A preschool is simply a place where a child’s imagination can grow, where they can learn how to interact with other people, and where they can explore the world around them. Over preparing your kids for a “school” environment may only stress them out.
We mentioned reading books in the list above, but because reading to your child can be so beneficial, we wanted to go more in-depth here. Even when you are simply reading the book to them, it helps to increase their vocabulary, it brings them awareness of different situations, characters, and feelings, and encourages them to solve problems. Keep a variety of books in their bedroom, in the living room, have a book or two in the car and in your purse or briefcase, and visit the library often so that they can pick out their own books to read.
Play Pretend Preschool
Playtime will be incredibly important when preparing for preschool. Pretend that you are a student and your child is a teacher, pretend that you are both students, or switch things up so that your child can play from the perspective of each person. You can practice saying goodbye to mom or dad, taking off your coat, singing songs, story time, nap time, and more. This will give your child an opportunity to ask questions about preschool and you can explain that it’s a short time away from home where they can have fun and play.
Listen and Pay Attention to Your Kid
If or when your child voices concerns about going to preschool, or if they become withdrawn or clingy, pay attention to these clues. These signs could mean that they are nervous about this change in routine and don’t quite know how to tell you. Even though you know that preschool is nothing to worry about, it is a brand new experience for them. They have to get accustomed to a new environment, new kids, new adults, new activities — all of this newness can be intimidating. Let them know that it’s normal to be nervous and that it may take some time to feel comfortable at preschool, but try to focus on the positive aspects as well, such as making new friends.
Preschoolers don’t need all of the school supplies that older kids need, however, it can help them get excited about the change. Let them pick out a new backpack so they can take their favorite things with them to school, pick out a few new outfits for them to wear, and find a fun notebook that they can write in. Even though it’s something simple, shopping for preschool supplies can help them get in the right mindset.
Create a Routine
Around a week before their first day, start to practice their new routine. Wake them up in the morning as if they were going to school, they can practice packing their backpack with things they want or need that day, try to create a consistent schedule throughout the day with activities and naptime, and make sure they are going to bed at the same time each night. Creating a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time and going through the same schedule each day can provide some consistency.
Visit the Preschool
One of the best things parents can do to help prepare kids for preschool is going to visit! The staff at Madame Curie School love giving tours to parents and kids so that everyone knows exactly what to expect. Let your child explore the preschool room, show them where they will put their coat and backpack, where all of the toys are, and where they will take a nap. If possible, visit at a time when there is a class in session so that they can talk with other kids. When parents visit our preschool, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that everyone knows the process and is familiar with the staff. Above all, we want our facility to feel like a second home for your child.
When a child starts going to preschool for the first time, it can be a big change in everyone’s lives. But when your child attends the Madame Curie School, you can rest easy knowing that it will be a smooth transition for everyone. We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home at our preschool so that our students can focus on growing. Each day will bring something new that your child can look forward to and parents can feel confident knowing that their kid’s education is in very capable hands.
If you’re interested in visiting Madame Curie School, contact our team today to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to show you around and help your child get the education they need for a successful future.