The new school year begins soon, so now is the time to prepare your child for preschool, especially if this is the first time your child will attend preschool. Arbor View Montessori School recommends that you transition from summertime mode to routines and preparations that will help your child make a smooth and happy transition to preschool.
A good way to start is to get back into school time routines to help avoid abrupt changes. Some things you can do to support you child in the transition to preschool are:
Start going to bed earlier and waking up on a school time schedule. During the summer, we may get off our school time sleep schedule. Getting back into a school time sleeping pattern will make the transition easier for your child.
- You can also read your child children’s books about school. This will help you child get interested in going to Montessori preschool. There are several good books that will peak your child’s interest and provide you an opportunity to talk with your child and address any concerns about how they feel.
- We also suggest you drive by Arbor View Montessori School and let you child know that will be his or her new school. Also, schedule a tour and bring your child to visit, we will help make your child feel right at home.
Other things to do:
- Make sure you child’s immunizations are up to date. You will need immunization records.
- Take your child with you and let him or her involved in buying new school items like a backpack, lunchbox or new school clothes. Be sure to make it a fun experience.
- Labels your child’s school items. It is helpful to have your child’s name on things like his or her jackets, lunchbox and backpack.
On the first day of school make sure your child had a good night sleep and wakes up early enough to get ready, have breakfast and leaves for school on time. When you get to school you can stay for 10 or 15 minutes to help smooth the transition. When it is time for you to go be happy and encouraging, and when you leave avoid the temptation to turn back around if you hear your child crying. Instead wait outside the classroom where your child can’t see you until all is well. Be assured we have years of experience and training to help your child feel comfortable in their new environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori understood that your “…child has a developmental deed for order…” Montessori classrooms and education have structure and routine that are conducive to the learning and happiness of children. Maintaining routine and structure at home will not only make the transition smooth, but will help optimize your child’s learning experience throughout the school year.