Are you ready for school? yes…you! The parent. Are you ready to leave your child for the day and allow them to learn, play, explore and create? Here are some things to consider…
- Have you and your child talked about school and what it is?
- Have you explained the schedule that will take place daily with bedtime, morning time, and drop off?
- Have you prepared your child verbally that they will stay at school for the day to play, eat and possibly nap?
- Have you talked about how to speak with friends by asking questions and answering questions?
- Have you taught them how to carry their backpack and their lunch box?
- Have you taught them how to wipe their bottoms and ask for help if it is needed?
- Have you practiced skills such as putting their shoes on, pulling their pants up and buttoning the jeans?
- Do you read books to help create a detail of the daily activities like “Franklin’s First Day”, “First Day of School”, “Llama Llama Misses Mama” or “The Night Before Kindergarten”?
- Does your child know how to open their lunch box and open a baggie with a sandwich in it?
- Does your child know what “Bye, I’ll see you in a little while. I want you to have a good day!” means and that you will be back?
These questions are simple. These skills are simple. But if you have not prepared your child for preschool then you have not prepared them for success. As a mom of 3 and a center owner for 24 years, I ask you…Are you ready?