“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.” ~ Mark Twain
Raising your youngster and getting them to adjust to preschool can be a daunting challenge, but you’re not alone. With the correct information, you can create a safe space for both you and your preschooler to thrive throughout this crucial stage of their development.
While your child is trying to adjust to his first day of preschool, parents also can be reassured with some helpful tips. Below are some easy steps you and your child can take together as you move through this journey (it goes by fast!).
Continuing To Read With Your Child Can Help Them Adjust to Preschool
Taking your preschooler to the library can be a weekend adventure as most libraries have children’s centers that look like amusement parks! Even if they don’t read by themselves (and most don’t), they can still learn a lot by continuing to read to them aloud. This is referred to as read-aloud time in the preschool setting and gives kids time to slow down and interact together.
Make Sure To Discipline With Clear Intentions
There is no doubt the love and affection you feel for your youngster. But sometimes, they can throw a temper tantrum or act in ways not suitable for their own good. When this happens, and discipline is required, explain to them why they’re in trouble. Demonstrate the behavior you’re expecting from them and be consistent. Make sure you’re following up the warning with an actual consequence if they continue the bad behavior.
Growth and the Importance of Sleep Can Help Your Child Adjust to Preschool
By their first day in preschool, children are very active and typically grow about 2-3 inches per year. The average 4-year old is about 40 inches tall and weighs 40 pounds. With good nutrition and sleep habits, your child will also benefit from good brain development. Ensure your preschooler gets the recommended amount of sleep – 13 hours a day (includes naps).
Get To Know Your Child’s Teacher
One of the best ways of getting your child to adjust to preschool is to talk to their teacher. Before selecting your child’s preschool, also look at cleanliness, curriculum, and safety. Meet and greet the teacher before making the final decision and watch how they interact with the other children.
Exercise and Play Tips
Encourage your preschooler to play with other kids. It develops friendship skills and is a terrific way to get them to exercise. Muscles and bones get stronger the more we use them, and children especially need solid and healthy development. Make sure your youngster is getting at least an hour of physical activity every day.
Check out local resources on our State and County websites, talk to other parents and keep an eye out for new safety guidance rules so that you and your child can make the most out of their first day of preschool.