Montessori Academy of Arcadia

Aug 27, 2021

3 min read

Preparing Your Toddler For Preschool? Some Handy Tips That Can Help

With life returning to normalcy slowly, it is time for your toddler to go to a preschool in Duarte, CA. Even if he or she has been attending online classes, it will take time for your little one to transient to a new chapter in his or her life. If this is the first time for both of you, then there are some ways you can prepare yourself and your toddler for preschool. To help you out, here are some of them.

To start with, slowly incorporate learning into your child’s life. It can be as simple as reading a bedtime story together or playing match the card-type board games. Even taking a walk in the park and you pointing out different things to your toddler will ignite the thrust for knowledge in him or her. Playing with dough, hand painting, and puzzles are great ways to prepare your child for the upcoming preschool classes.

As for the preschool, you will need to go and see it few days before the class starts. Now, given the pandemic situation, many preschools may not allow onsite visits for parents. In that, case check out if the preschool you are considering has a virtual tour or not. That way, both you are your toddler can feel accustomed to the preschool environment. If your preschool sends you your child’s schedule, read it to him or her so that the child has an idea regarding what will happen in the preschool.

Before the D-day arrives, make sure you have some practice runs. To start with, make sure you go to bed early so that you can get up on time. Map out the route you are going to take to drop your child at preschool and note how much time it takes and the traffic situation. That way, you will know when to leave your home for preschool. Another thing to teach your child will be how to prepare his or her backpack for preschool. Make sure he or she does it every night before going to bed under your supervision. That way, the child will be ready when the actual school starts.

Reading is the best way to start a child’s journey into a preschool. Many books specifically deal with a child going to a preschool. Reading some of them as a bedtime story to your toddler will curb his anxiety and worries about going to a new place. You can try Beth Norling’s “Little School”, or Lucy Cousins’ “Maisy goes to preschool” or similar other books. They are easily available online and will be a great help in preparing your child for preschool.

When your child goes to preschool, this is the first time he or she will be away from you for a long time. Hence he or she has to master some basic self-help that will make this easier. It includes washing their hand (so important in today’s world), putting on their shoes and sock, eating by themselves, taking care of their belongings, etc. This won’t just start happening after you send your child to a preschool in Duarte, CA; in fact, you need to teach him or her these things before that. Many preschools will expect that your child is independent in certain areas when they go there, so you have to start teaching him/her these skills at least a month before joining a preschool.

So, these are some of the ways you can prepare your toddler for preschool. Starting a preschool is a time for tremendous growth; when prepared right it will help your child’s transition worry-free and with confidence.