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Preparing Your Child for Pre-School



Is your child about ready to head to preschool? If so, you might be feeling a little nervous. This is a perfectly natural emotion for parents to feel, but there are ways you can feel a little more comfortable with the situation. By properly preparing your child for preschool, you’ll feel much more comfortable sending your baby out into the world.


Sleep Routine

Your child most likely has a sleep routine already in place, but is this routine going to cut it for preschool? Once your child starts preschool, you’ll need to get out the door earlier. This means that your child will need to wake up earlier than normal, which can translate into a tired and grumpy morning. You can help prevent this by getting your child used to a preschool sleep routine. Ask your child’s new preschool teacher about start and end times, as well as naptime. Once you know this important information, try to follow the same schedule for the weeks leading up to the first day of school. Wake your child up a little earlier and practice getting ready in the morning. See if your child can stay awake and focused through the morning until the scheduled naptime. If your child has trouble doing this, make some tweaks to the sleep routine like going to bed a little earlier.

Communication Skills

This is a very important skill every child should have to be better prepared for preschool. As a parent, you understand almost everything your child tells you, including all of those grunts, squeals, and crazy hand motions. However, not everyone will understand your child’s language. It’s important to help teach your child how to communicate clearly to adults. Your child doesn't need to string together complex sentences and give five minute speeches, but they should be able to ask simple questions and explain feelings. Help encourage your child to develop these necessary communication skills by asking questions and asking for clarification when you don’t quite get what your kid is saying.

Potty Training

Any preschool teacher will tell you this is a big one! Your child should know the basics of potty training before going to preschool. This means that your child can tell you that they need to go potty and attempts to use the toilet on their own. It’s ok if your child still has accidents or uses a pull-up since that’s a large part of the potty training process, but if your child knows nothing about using the toilet, preschool will be much harder.

Academic Readiness

Your child should be able to solve complicated math equations and quote Shakespeare by the time they reach preschool, right? NOT! Preschool is the first step your child will take in their educational career. This is a learning stage, and you can’t expect your kid to know everything going into it. Even though you shouldn't expect your child to know everything, you can make sure your child is ready academically. In preschool, your child will learn important reading and math skills that they’ll use in kindergarten. This includes knowing how to count, and recognizing letters and numbers. Start preschool off right by introducing these concepts to your child. If your child can’t name all of the letters but can sing their ABCs, you’re headed in the right direction.


Preschool is a big step for any child. Although you can’t predict how this school year will go, you can do your best to prepare your child for success.

What are some ways you prepared your child for preschool?


Annmarie John
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  1. I prepared both of my sons for preschool by reading to them daily. Additionally, I worked with them on letter recognition and letter sounds. I guess it's the teacher in me. :)

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  2. Great tips and having gone through this twice over with Lily now being in her second year and Emma moving on to kindergarten you nailed it and sound a mouthful here about what you need to do as parent to make sure your little one is indeed ready for pre-school.

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  3. I didn't do much to be honest. At the time I figured the teachers at school would take care of everything they needed to know :)

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  4. Oh, these are good tips! No kids of my own, but the last kid I prepared for preschool was a natural - he was ready for it, so his transition was super smooth!

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  5. I'm going to have to keep these in mind when we start homeschooling. She won't be going to preschool, but will be going to Kindergarten, still I want to have her ready.

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  6. We are not there yet but I will keep this in mind! Currently working on the potty training! :) I think sleep is one of the most important aspects.

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  7. I think the only thing I did to prepare her for preschool was make sure she was potty trained! I bought her a backpack too, I guess.

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  8. My son is currently in daycare so I know they are getting him used to a routine and a set schedule. I think he will be ready to go when he turns three!

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  9. The only one of my daughters that went to preschool was my youngest and she was happy to go. Having two older sisters she wanted to go to school like them.

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  10. My kids didn't go to preschool, but I do remember the days when I had to prepare them for Kindergarten. They were a bundle of nerves and excitement. Momma was just nervous and kinda weepy...

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  11. Mainly we just worked on preparing her emotionally. I told her how much we loved her, and that we would always return to get her :)

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  12. My son couldn't wait for school to start. he was so ready to mingle with other kids. On His first day he looked at me and I quote"Mom I got this"

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  13. My daughter is in daycare. I am pretty sure she is ready! Amber N

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  14. This is such a great post! I am a kindergarten teacher myself and I can tell you without a doubt that children who are not given the support at pre-school AND at home, come in to us at a huge disadvantage. When parents and school work together to support the child, great things happen!

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  15. We are home schooling so luckily I do not have to worry about this. We thought about traditional school but changed our minds at the first open house for his pre-school year.

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  16. Great tips! My kids have now both graduated college so it feels like a very long time ago that we had to worry about this!

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  17. Gosh it was so long ago. my youngest is 12. I remember how excited I was and scared at the same time.

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  18. We're preparing our son socially - because that's the main reason for pre-school.

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  19. I eased both of my sons into pre-school by just going 2 half days a week at first. They were both potty trained and communicated well. I think the hardest part was the separation anxiety but that only lasted a few days.

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  20. Thanks for the guide. Once I have my own - I will have to make use of it.

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  21. Pre-school and Kindergarten are big time these days!! There's a lot they need to know and learn. I was very surprised with my youngest... a lot has changed since just his sister went a few years ago (well, quite a few years ago ;) ).

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  22. I read regularly to my girls and used a lot of different education play activities with them. They were both well-prepared for school.

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  23. I've always liked those little check lists of everything that needs to be done before school. It's helped me with helping them get ready.

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  24. Those are some great tips. I don't have any of my own kids to go through pre-school but my nephew is started pre-k this year and my niece has another 2 years to go.

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  25. Getting into a proper sleep routine is a very important tip. The kids get so tired during the day and they need a regular bedtime routine to help them cope with going to school,

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  26. I actually worried about my daughter having separation issues, so when she was 2, I put her in gymnastics so she could learn to take direction from someone other than me. It actually took her a full year to adjust, but by the time she was ready for school, it was a smooth transition.

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  27. Kiddo didn't go to preschool but he was reading and doing simple math before he started kindergarten. We read to him a lot and then started having him read to us, helping him sound out words when he needed help. We used flash cards as well. We turned almost everything into reading and counting games, like spelling out the animal crackers using a song and adding & subtracting them as we ate them. It was a fun way for him to learn and he was beyond ready for school!

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  28. My daughter will be in preschool next year and we are going to start potty training soon. I'm so scared and nervous because she's my first and only. It will be a big step for us both.

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  29. I haven't thought about preschool yet since I don't have kiddos. However, I would think potty training is a big one.

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  30. Wonderful tips Amanda! I never did preschool with either of my girls but as a former early childhood educator, I would agree with most of these. I like how you went light on the "academic readiness"... I'm a huge play advocate. They have their whole lives to learn. Children need to spend these early years playing as much as possible to help with their imagination, creativity, and to build social skills.

    Thanks for sharing (and for taking the time to link up to the #SHINEbloghop - I love having you visit)!

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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  31. Great tips!! When my kids were in preschool I wanted to wait in the parking lot for tehm to come home. I leanred to live with it and they loved going!

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