Preschool is an important step for children. It is a solid foundation for their future academic journey. Here, they learn to learn and most of the skills your child should boast before starting preschool is not always on the paper.
In this guide, let’s take a look at the top six things that justify your child’s preschool readiness.
Learn to use the potty
Although, different preschools have varying policies when it comes to being potty trained, in general they do expect your child to know how to use the bathroom as required.
But yes, the teachers at preschool understand accidents happen and are always willing to help the children become more independent in this area.
However, be honest about your child’s potty training skills with the preschool and don’t pressure your child to learn before he or she is ready.
Encourage children to be independent before they start preschool. This does not only include being away from parents for longer periods of time but also to wash their hands without assistance, open lunch boxes, wipe face and nose, and even zip a backpack.
Enhance their independency by teaching them how to undress/dress with minimal help from you and even select clothes and lunch items for the next day.
Develop social skills
Social readiness should be made a priority before starting preschool. This includes sharing with their peers, taking turns, and participating in activities.
Instill manners in your child as well such as greeting others, following directions, saying please and thank you and not interrupting when others are talking.
Improve organization skills
Work with your child and illustrate how they can keep their clothes, toys, and other items organized. After each play session, make sure your child cleans up after himself and keeps the item in their relevant places.
Enhance communication skills
Listening and talking are both important part of school readiness. Enhance vocabulary in your children by talking to them about their day, things they saw on their way to park, what they would like to eat, etc.
Hear their observations and experiences without interrupting and ask questions so they know you are genuinely interested.
Young children have difficulty understanding and exhibiting feeling and emotions. Help your child by putting labels on different emotions like, ‘oh, you are cranky today’ and ‘you must be tired’, etc.
There is no need to force feed academic materials in your child before he or she starts schooling. But yes, a child starting pre-k should be able to say their name and identify a few shapes, colors, and alphabets.
But of course, don’t stress if your little one is not ready to ace the academics before they start the program. The preschool is where they will learn the required academics.
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