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How to Prepare your Little One for Pre-K or Kindergarten

Before School:

  • Make your child feel as comfortable as possible during the adjustment period 

  • Make sure your child knows that they WILL get home and will not be left at school; explain to your child exactly how they will get to and from school 

  • Use pretend play at home to mimic the idea of going to school 

  • Read books about going to school 

  • Practice self-help skills 

  • Visit and tour the new school together, meet the teachers and the principle

  • Listen to your child's worries and concerns about going to school 

  • Recognize non-verbal messages, such as, body language and emotions

  • Let your child pick out his or her own backpack 

  • If your child takes medication or has special needs, be prepared by notifying the school to see what steps you need to make to ensure he or she gets the proper attention and care

  • Create a routine for before school, after school, and bedtime

The First Day:

  • Wake up early enough so that you don’t have to rush to get to school

  • Make breakfast for your child and, if possible, sit down to eat together

  • Review the day’s routine (what preschool will be like, how your child will get to school/come home)

  • Pack your child’s backpack together. If your child is bringing lunch, select foods that you know are favorites. Having some familiarity on the first day is helpful as he or she adjusts to all the changes 

  • Let your child choose a special stuffed animal or blanket to bring to school with. This can make the transition from home to school a little easier and help with nap time especially