Getting Your Toddler Ready For Online Preschool and Pre-K
Back to school
Back to school is around the corner, which means some children will be going to school for the very first time. While online preschool and pre-K can relieve some of the anxiety surrounding being away from their home and parents for an extended period of time, children still need some guidance to ensure they are as prepared as possible for their first day. Here are 5 easy ways to do that!
Getting Ready for Online Preschool – 5 easy tips
1 – Set up a space for school
Creating a designated space in your home for your child to attend virtual preschool from is a way to separate the school space from the rest of the home. This will show your child that, when they are in their school place, they should focus and listen to their lessons. Encouraging your child to check it out before their first day of school can get them familiar, and allow them to become accustomed to how this environment is different than the rest of the home.
2 – Get an early start on routine
Establishing things like a specific bedtime and wake up time is important to getting your child into a routine for school. It can be hard to adjust to these changes immediately, so to get a head start, try having your child go to bed and wake up at their school time a few days before their actual first day of school. This will help them feel more prepared for their actual school schedule. Other small things like introducing them to video conferencing platforms can help them feel prepared when logging onto online preschool for the first time.
3 – Involve children in choosing their materials
Try having your child choose the materials they will be using for the school year, like their writing implements and folders. The beauty of virtual preschool is that they can customize many of their personal materials to reflect their personality and make attending online school a little more fun. Plus, it gives them a sense of independence that will help them during online preschool.
4 – Be prepared to guide them through change
Your child may not immediately be comfortable with their new school routine. It may be their first time sitting and listening to someone for an extended period of time, and they may not be used to completing lessons. Allowing your child to express any emotions they need to and letting them know that they are capable can help them feel more at ease gain confidence.
5 – Be positive!
Above all else, remaining positive is a key step in helping your child adjust to online preschool. This can help your child feel more at ease, and show them that online preschool is a positive thing. This is an exciting new journey for them to be on, and one that will help them prepare for the reset of their educational careers!
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