Starting pre-primary school is a big step for your child and for you too. Learning to spend time apart can be a difficult transition, but embarking on a schooling journey is also full of excitement. Here are 8 tips to help ease the transition to pre-primary school.
1- Visit together
If possible, plan to accompany your child to his new school before his first day there. They played together on the school playground, and got to know the classrooms. This way, the school will be familiar to the child when they start their first day at school.
2- Meet new friends
If possible, arrange dates for your child to play with children from his class. This will allow the children to get to know each other before they start school.
3- Play the school game together at home
Use a role-playing game to help your child get used to the idea of engaging in pre-primary education. They took turns playing different roles, such as the time to read stories at school, sing songs, and take a nap. You can also take turns and let your child act as the teacher. This will help your child think of school as a fun place, and will reduce his anxiety on the first day of school.
4- Turn your aptitude into a game
Have the child practice buttoning and zippering his clothes, laying his schoolbag on his back, and hanging his coat on a hanger. And you can turn wearing shoes into a game — "Let's see how fast you put your shoes on!".
5- Talk about your experience
Tell your little one a story about the first day you went to school, how you felt then, and about the intimate memories it made. If you can, find pictures of you when you were in pre-primary school or pictures of other trusted adults your child knows, and talk about them together.
6- Establish a new routine
Start sticking to the new sleep and wake times your child will have when they start pre-primary education a few weeks before they actually start — and set a bedtime that provides a good night's rest, and wake up early enough that neither of you has to rush in the morning . This will allow both of you room to adjust to new dates. If possible, you can start a new tradition of picking out school clothes together the night before, and having breakfast together in the morning.