So your child is about to start preschool? Prepare them for the adventure.
There are many things you can do as a parent or caregiver to prepare your little one for preschool! Whether you reinforce self-help skills, work on the art of give and take conversations, or make play dates with other children to encourage relational skills, one key is to keep mentions of school casual.
For children about to embark on a new adventure that requires a change in schedule and routine, two weeks is usually enough prep time to keep their excitement high and their anxiety low. Reading books that highlight what he or she can expect is one great way to ease worry and grow confidence.
Here are a few recommendations featuring supportive stories, friendly characters, and vibrant pictures from Very Well Family.
Preschool Day Hooray
By: Linda Leopold Strauss
Illustrated by: Hiroe Nakata
Froggy Goes to School
By: Jonathan London
Illustrated by: Frank Remkiewicz
My First Day at Nursery School
By: Becky Edwards
Illustrated by: Anthony Flintoff
Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book
By: Lucy Cousins
What To Expect at Preschool
By: Heidi Murkoff
Illustrated by: Laura Rader
I Love You All Day Long
By: Francesca Rusackas
Illustrated by: Priscilla Burris
Going to School
By: Anne Civardi
Illustrated by: Stephen Cartwright
Friends at School
Photograph by: Matt Brown
What is reading like for a kid? Seasame Street’s Abby is here to tell us!
Visit your local Child Care Resource Center Book, Toy and Resource Library in San Bernardino or Victorville for more tools and tips to help prepare your child for preschool. They also have a collection of reading books available for you to check out! Attend Story Time on Wednesdays and your child will receive a free book to take home. Click here for location and other information.