Let’s Get Ready for School!
By Areej Iftaiha, Psy.D. and Heather Abbott, Psy.D.
The first day of school may be challenging for both children and parents. Here are some helpful tips to adjust to the new experience:
Tips for Preparing Children for Preschool
Help your child get excited about school! Let your child be an active member in preparing for school. Let your child pick out a lunchbox, their indoor shoes or a favorite blanket.
Read books about going to school to prepare your child for the new experience.
Talk to your child about school. Allow your child to express their feelings by talking, drawing, or dancing. Talk about the daily routine and about how much fun they will have with their new friends. Give your child your full attention while talking about school.
If your child has been sleeping past 8:30AM, it is a good idea to start adjusting their bedtime. Put your child to bed 30 minutes earlier each night until reaching the desired bedtime.