For parents of new preschoolers this time of year can be an exciting change but also emotional, as parents return to work and prepare their children for preschool. You have enough going on that shopping shouldn’t be a hassle. That’s why we’ve put together a handy back to preschool shopping list to give you and your children a head start on their first day of preschool.Read More
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Preschool is an exciting time for both parents and children. Both parents and children get a few hours of much needed freedom. If your child has never been in a school setting before, he or she may be anxious or even scared (and parents might be as well.) Here are a few easy tips to get your toddler ready for their new adventure!
Go Shopping! Your child will not need much for preschool. Most likely a pair of indoor footwear, small backpack, a lunch bag and maybe his or her favourite stuffed animal will complete the list. Make sure the shoes are easy to put on and comfortable if the group is doing physical activity. Take your child with you and if possible, let them choose the backpack and shoes that they like the most – this will help them get more excited to use the “preschool supplies”. If your child has to bring a snack, use handy portable snack cups and a cute lunch bag. Make sure to label everything!
A week or two before school starts, see if you can arrange a quick visit to show your toddler where all the fun and learning will take place.
Talk about the preschool experience with your child and let them ask questions. Ask how they are feeling about going to preschool but make sure that you are positive and patient as they will pick up on your anxieties as well.
Play “Preschool” at home! Have your child act out what will happen in preschool: singing songs, playing games, putting on his or her shoes are all great activities to prepare them. Read books about preschool with your child. There are many books that are about going to preschool or a child’s first day. Go to the library or book store and ask for a couple – your toddler will probably enjoy hearing about other preschool experiences.
Create some at-home crafts o your child can get into the swing of things before the first day. Cutting play dough, gluing and tracing A-B-C’s help them with their fine motor skills. Don’t worry about what information they are retaining at this point – they are going to preschool to learn after all!
Set a preschool bedtime and start using it ASAP to get your toddler ready for earlier mornings. This might go over easier if it's called the "Big Girl" or "Big Boy" Bedtime.
On the first day of preschool: keep your goodbyes short and sweet, and don’t linger if you hear your child crying. The school will call you if the crying continues throughout class (most of the time it stops as soon as Mom and Dad are out of sight!)
Shop our toddler clothing and footwear selections with your little one today!