A large body of research supports the idea that preschool is essential
for every child. When children transition from a child care program to a
preschool, they begin to develop school readiness skills, such as social skills
and pre-literacy skills. Although many children are a little anxious about
starting preschool, these first-day jitters quickly go away when they
realize just how much fun preschool can be.
Visit the Library
For children, venturing into the unknown can be stressful. You can help
your child become familiar with the idea of preschool by visiting your
local library. Ask your child to help you select some picture books
about the first day of school. Read them together and give your child plenty of time to look at the
pictures. Use these books as a springboard to discuss what a typical classroom
looks like and what might happen during the day.
Enjoy Pretend Play
Once your child has a general idea of what to expect from preschool, consider
inviting him or her to engage in some pretend play with you. Let your
child pretend to be the teacher while you pretend to be a student—and
then vice versa. During pretend play, you and your child can explore common
situations such as saying goodbye to the parent, listening during story
time, and playing outside.
Encourage Self-Help Skills
During the toddler years, children typically have an increasing desire
to exercise independence, yet they still need some help to figure out
how to do it. You can support your child’s development by encouraging
him or her to do certain things for him- or herself. For example, have
your child hang up his or her coat, just as he or she would upon entering
the preschool classroom.
When you enroll your toddler in a preschool program at Children’s
Learning Adventure, he or she will start each day ready and excited to
learn! Our preschool teachers
make learning fun by engaging children in a spectrum of interactive learning activities.
To find out more about our daycare centers, infant care, and preschool
programs, you can call (888) 674-1487. CLA has locations in Arizona, Colorado,
Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas.