Prepare your child for Preschool

What Parents Can Do to Prepare Their Children for Preschool

  1. Share in your child’s happy anticipation of going to Preschool.
  2. Give your child opportunities to have experiences with other children his/her age.
  3. Give your child the opportunity to have a few experiences away from home, without parents, before she/he comes to Preschool.
  4. Encourage your child to be independent in caring for his/her personal needs.
  5. Provide your child with clothes that are comfortable and allow him/her to
  6. practice self-help skills like buttoning, zippering, snapping.
  7. Include your child in family conversations, especially at meal times. Give him/her a chance to talk or tell you something they did during the day.
  8. Give your child opportunities to help with simple tasks around the house.
  9. Encourage good health habits at home: use of tissues, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, eating healthy foods, washing hands before eating and after toileting, playing outdoors and early bedtime.
  10. Read and tell stories to your child daily. Talk about the stories you read, have your child guess what might happen next in the story or retell the story to you. Build a good library of picture and storybooks for him/her. Limit TV viewing, including DVD’s and video games.
  11. Enjoy good music with your child.
  12. Give your child the opportunity to listen and follow simple one and two step directions.
  13. Give your child opportunities for experimenting with water (blowing bubbles, playing with water toys), with sand, playdough, with finger paint, with crayons, markers, pencils and paper.
  14. Provide rich, first hand experiences for your child: taking a bus ride, going on a picnic, going fishing, visiting the zoo, helping with grocery shopping, planting a small garden.
  15. Be sure your child has a thorough physical exam before entering school. Be sure your child is up to date on all immunizations.