Some children adapt readily to preschool, others take their time.
No matter how your child reacts to school, allow time to do it in his/her own way.
It is common for children to:
- remain very close to you when you are at preschool.
- interact very little with other children at first.
- say very little about preschool at home.
- change their behavior at home as they try out new independence.
- have more colds and illnesses from contact with more people.
To assist your child, you can:
- give the teacher any information that will help make the adjustment easier.
- avoid building expectations too high.
- suggest casually what to expect.
- tell your child there will be other children of the same age, toys to be used, areas to be explored and friendly, caring adults.
- give reassurance that you will accompany your child to school and stay as long as needed.
- provide comfortable clothing. Your child should not have to worry about staying clean. Dress for messy activities and wear sturdy non-skid shoes for climbing.