Welcome back to our blog series with tips and tricks for how to prepare your child for preschool! If you read part one, you already know how playing school, attending playgroup, and practicing separation can make the transition into preschool easier for your toddler. Of course, there are many other things you can do to get your toddler excited for attending an early childhood education center like Child’s World Academy in Monroe, which we will outline in further detail here. Continue reading to learn more, and enroll your child in one of our preschool learning programs today!
Tour The School
One of the best ways to prepare your child for preschool is by arranging for a tour of the building and meeting the teacher(s) before the term starts. This gives your child a chance to explore their new surroundings on their own before the preschool is full of excited toddlers on their first day of school, which can be overwhelming for some kids. Not only that, but bringing your child in for a tour of our child development center will also allow them to get to know our friendly preschool teachers so they have some friendly faces to look to when they return for their first day. This is also a great opportunity for parents of toddlers to get a better feel for the preschool and daycare center, as well as a better understanding of what the preschool activities and class curricula entail. At Child’s World Academy, we regularly organize tours of our early childhood education center to help students and their parents get excited for the upcoming term!
Another great way to prepare your toddler for preschool learning activities is to introduce them to educational TV shows and movies for kids. These could include:
- “The Magic School Bus” — An animated kids’ TV show that follows science teacher Ms. Frizzle and her students as they embark on exciting adventures in a magic school bus.
- “Sesame Street” — A PBS classic with muppet-like characters who engage kids in number games, learning the alphabet, and practicing color and shape recognition.
- “Dora the Explorer” — A Nick Jr kids’ show that follows Dora the Explorer, her monkey Boots, and a number of other characters (including the map) as they solve mysteries and puzzles to get to a final destination.
- “Curious George” — A lovable story of George the monkey and his owner, who is always keeping him out of trouble and teaching him valuable life lessons, such as the importance of forgiveness and finding passion by trying new things.
- “Thomas & Friends” — A Nick Jr TV show based on a series of books that feature the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and other animated trains as they form friendships and overcome obstacles to become the best version of themselves.
- “Cyberchase” — A PBS series that follows a group of friends into a computer world called “Cyberspace,” where they solve puzzles and math problems to defeat an evil hacker.
- “Dragon Tales” — A beloved PBS kids’ show based on the adventures of two siblings and their dragon friends, who overcome challenges together, explore mystical lands, and sing songs.
- “Super Why!” — A PBS kids’ TV show where four friends discover that they have superpowers when they read and go on fun literary adventures together, engaging kids in reading games, alphabet puzzles, and more.
We are fortunate to have access to so many great kids’ TV shows and movies, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of these educational materials while getting your toddler ready for preschool. Though we do not recommend getting your toddler hooked on the screen, these TV shows can help them get excited to start learning in the classroom, just like many of the characters do. Plus, many of them include interactive activities, such as number games and alphabet puzzles, which can help your toddler get a jump-start on the preschool activities they will engage in at our early childhood development center in Monroe.
Read Books At Home
In addition to introducing your toddler to educational TV shows for kids, you can also find a wide range of books about preschool at your local bookstore or library. Some of our favorites include The Night Before Preschool, Preschool Day Hooray!, Rosie Goes To Preschool, and The Berenstain Bears Go To School. These children’s books are more than just a great read — they open up opportunities for you to talk to your child about preschool and address any worries they might have. Odds are, your toddler will find these stories relatable and will be able to tap into the characters’ experience to overcome challenges at school. This also helps them feel less alone, which will help them combat any separation anxiety they may feel on the first day of preschool.
Enroll Your Preschooler At Child’s World Academy
We hope that this blog series has proven helpful as you navigate preschool prep, and that you will continue to use our preschool teachers as a resource during this important stage of your child’s development. Early childhood education is our passion, and we look forward to helping your toddler learn and grow during daycare, preschool, and pre-K.
Now that you have some tips and tricks to help prepare your toddler for preschool, it’s time to enroll them in our preschool learning program at Child’s World Academy. Contact us to schedule a free tour, and sign your child up today!