How Can You Make Sure Your Child Is Prepared For Kindergarten?

Starting Kindergarten is a challenging time for both parents and children. For many children, this will be the first time they have to spend time in the care of someone outside their immediate family members. This takes some getting used to. If the adjustment is very tough, it can also make things difficult for the parents.

As a parent, it's important that you take certain steps to make sure your child is better prepared for kindergarten or preschool when the time comes. There are various ways of doing this.

Visit the Kindergarten With Them

The new environment in the kindergarten can be one of the most disconcerting factors. On their first day, your child will have no idea where they are or how to get around whether it's to go to the toilet, the cafeteria, or the playground.

A prior visit to the kindergarten can help a lot in this case. In the company of their parent, they can get used to the new environment and even familiarize themselves with some of the people they'll encounter there.

Change the Routine (or Establish One)

Another tough aspect of kindergarten is that the child will have a strict routine for the first time in their life. It can be difficult for children to suddenly start leaving the house earlier in the day or to not be able to play whenever they want.

In the weeks leading up to kindergarten, try and establish a predictable routine that is much more in line with what their routine will be like once they start. Bedtimes and mealtimes should be set so that they're more predictable. You may also want to decrease and slowly phase out naps at this point.

Find Out How They Feel About School

It's important to also find out how your child feels about the idea of going to kindergarten. This can give you a chance to find out if they're anxious about anything in particular. This can allow you to address the cause of the anxiety early enough. You can also find out what they're looking forward to, and you can use this to make the idea of kindergarten even more appealing to them.

Work on Etiquette

Proper etiquette is going to be important when your child starts interacting with others. Start encouraging the use of words such as 'thank you' and 'please,' listening without talking, and even raising their hand before asking a question.

For more information, contact a company like Learning Tree Schools.