If this is the last year of your son or daughter’s nursery, you have to prepare to make the big leap to Early Childhood Education, their first school.
Whether your child is going to daycare or if you haven’t taken him to any school until the age of three, your child will need you to help him through this transition as it is quite a change in his life. For it to be a smooth transition and without your little one having an excessively bad time, it is a priority that you know how to help him cope with this situation.
So how do we as parents ease the transition for your child to enter the School of Education Child (3 to 6 years)? You may have mixed emotions about your child starting school. Can he really handle himself in a world where you are not present all the time? How can he be happy knowing that he will have to spend so many hours apart from your side?
As parents, there is a lot you can do to make sure your child is prepared for their big day. Children pick up on your emotions, so try to subtly push yourself so they don’t notice that you are also nervous about this change. If you manage to be just barely anxious and not show concern, your child will start better at school.
TIPS TO PREPARE THE TRANSITION TO NURSERY SCHOOL
Play with your child
Role play is a wonderful game for children to learn how to act in different situations within a comfortable context such as play with parents. In this way, you can represent the different emotions with your child. You can help him understand his emotions and be able to learn new expressions to convey his interests.
Make sure your child learns that his school will be a place not only to play, but also to learn and make new friends.
Practice independence skills
It is important that before your child goes to nursery school, he is quite autonomous. This means that he is no longer wearing a diaper and that he has learned to go to the bathroom on his own. That he knows how to blow his nose, that he can put his shorts on and off, open his backpack, sit properly, put his toys away, and take turns taking play.
Read books together
You can look at books together, see pictures of kindergarten cabbages, you can even show him pictures of what his school will be like (on the Internet you will surely find). So you can enjoy telling him a story, talking about your feelings, emotions and asking him how he feels.
Attend the school’s open house
All schools have an open day that you can use to go with your child and see what their future school will be like. Allow your child to spend time playing in the schoolyard, to watch the classes … This will help increase their confidence and make them feel more comfortable when they start school.
Take a picture with your future teacher
Taking a picture with the teacher who will be teaching your child when he enters the 3-year-old classroom will allow your little one to begin to get acquainted with his new teacher. You can also include photos in the classroom or on the playgrounds.
Talk about the emotions your child is feeling
Most 3-year-olds can talk, but almost all of them have a hard time verbalizing their feelings and emotions. That is why you should help him to verbalize them and understand what is happening to him. You should make him understand that it is okay for him to be a little scared, sad, or even worried. Explain that being scared when we start something new is absolutely normal.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.