It is difficult to imagine that it has been more than two and half years, when I got you home, all wrapped up in a swaddle.And today I see you all dressed up in your preschool uniform, hanging a small bag on your tiny shoulders, wishing me good bye. The words are less to describe the mixed emotions. There is excitement, happiness, anxiety and even sadness as my little one is growing at such a fast pace.
Starting a preschool marks the beginning of a new phase in a child’s development. This early start sets the path for future success.Though a child may be academically prepared, but preparing him emotionally is the tough thing to do and preparing yourself for the same is much more tough than that.
Education is not the learning of facts but the training of mind to think – Albert Einstein
It has been just three days and yes there have been few crying sessions done by my son, I still feel that he will settle down soon. (May be in a day or two as told by his teacher)
Below are the few tips that I have followed, as I prepared (or rather still preparing) him for his preschool.
The most important thing is to set a bed time routine, so that the child learns to wake up early and is not cranky during the school hours due to lack of sleep. I started doing this much before with my champ as he was also attending mother toddler programs prior to joining the preschool.
2. Discuss the daily schedule:
Do keep telling your child about what all he/she will enjoy at the play school. I conveyed this to my child using his books that talk about school. I also bribed him with the fact that he will get to watch rhymes on a huge television. Guess what!! he gave a wide smile.
3. Friendly visit to School:
You should ask the teacher for a time when the child can have a look. This will make him a little familiar with the surrounding when you are there with him. For me doing this was easy as in my child’s school they had an orientation program for a week, which was attended by my son and me together.
First day has to be made special. So keep all the new things like bag, bottles, lunch box and the uniform of course as a surprise for the first day. The child will be excited for sure and will be glad to get ready for school.
5. Good byes:
Dropping the child to school is a challenge. This is especially in the case, if you have a child like mine, who is mostly clinging to mom. You need to make the good byes, short and sweet with a small hug and kiss. Also, assure the child that you will be there soon to pick him up.
6. Be prepared for the meltdowns:
Tantrums and meltdowns are not new to mums when it comes to raising toddlers. But follow the rule of being patient. Keep yourself cool even when you see your child crying his lungs out. This will go on for a day or two (or may be for even a week). It is best to just leave them to the teachers, if you wish them to settle down in the new environment soon.
Wishing success and happiness to all the little tots…