Before you pack your kid off to preschool
, you need to determine whether he's ready to make the big move. Odds are he's good to go if he shows the following readiness signs:
- He's independent. While it's normal for your kid to lose it when you drop him off at school the first few (dozen!) times, in general he should be pretty OK with you leaving him for a few hours. If he flips out every time you leave him with a sitter or the grandparents, he may not be emotionally ready to be dropped off at school.
- He can sit still for a few minutes. Most preschools have circle time or story time and your kid will need to be able to sit and pay attention for short periods of time. We're not saying he needs to be a statue or anything. A little, or really, a lot of squirming or spacing out is totally normal.
- He expresses interest in other kids. Your preschooler may not be totally ready to make a new BFF when he first gets to school and may still engage in a lot of parallel play, but he should be able to handle being in bigger groups of children and eventually start to engage with the other children.
- He's master of his own body. Your kid should be start to be able to control his impulses and understand that hitting, biting and pushing are big no-nos. Most preschools also want kids to be potty trained. So make sure he's master of that part of his anatomy as well!