Some preschoolers are excited for their first day in school. The prospect of attending school and of interacting with other children is so thrilling for them that even without pushing them, they already have the initiative to go to school.
Conversely, there are also those young children who seem not yet ready for schooling. This is where the parent’s assistance should come in. The responsibility of the parents in providing education for the child does not merely involve enrolling the child to a reputable school. This responsibility also entails assisting the child throughout the education period.
To get your child to become familiar with the school environment, you may set a date for when you’ll tour him or her within the school facility. This way, the child will be able to set a feeling of comfort staying in the classroom, staying in the school grounds and relating to the teachers. If there are other children in the school during your visit, try to make him or her interact with them so by the first school day, he or she would not be anxious or scared not knowing anyone in the school.
On this school visit, talk to the teacher in charge and discuss the needs of the child so you can work hand in hand in handling the child. Explain to your child what routine is involved in preschool; that the teacher is in charge inside the classroom, that toys and everything else in the room must be shared with one another, etc.
Helene Goldnadel suggests you to allow your child to socialize with other children. You may take the child to a neighborhood play group or camps. This way, the social abilities of the child will already be developed even before the school begins.
Before the school formally begins, teach your child and give him or her opportunity to practice self care abilities like grooming and eating by him or herself.
To better settle your child’s worries, try to find out what causes such anxiety and think of ways on how to comfort the child’s mind. Among the worries that a child may have about school includes not being able to reach the bathroom at the right time or being reprimanded by the teacher for whatever reasons. Tell your child that the bathroom will be shown to him or her by the teacher or better yet, during your visit, show the bathroom’s location to your child.
Before the school day, help your child in preparing the bag and all the items which need to be brought to school. Your child’s name must be written on all his or her things to identify which is his or hers in case there are other children who have similar things with your child.
If the child is sickly, better pay a visit to the doctor first for a health checkup. On this checkup, the doctor may assess your child’s vision, hearing and other sensory perceptions that are essential in proper learning. A vaccination may be possible or the doctor will prescribe vitamins and food supplements that may be given to your child to boost his or her immunity and mental ability.