Preschool Learning: Prepping for the New School Year
After a summer full of swimming pools and sand in every place imaginable (yes, even there), it's time to head back (or off) to preschool. Use these tips to get your kid (and yourself) ready for an exciting school year.
Start talking to your kid about school early. If you can, attend the school's open house or arrange a tour so your kid can start getting used to the idea.
Practice your child's route to school—whether it's in your car, on foot or on the city bus—together.
About two weeks before school starts, start going to bed—and getting up—a little earlier.
Take your kid on a special back-to-school outing to pick out school supplies (Ya know, crayons, glue, construction paper).
Set up a school-morning routine (for example, comb hair before Froot Loops)—everything's always better with a little one when it's part of a routine.
Take your kid grocery shopping to pick out healthy lunch and snack foods (if they pick it, they're more likely to eat it).
Make a few playdates with some of the kids who will be going to the same school.
Talk to an older sibling, cousin or neighbor who has been-there-done-that about what preschool will be like.