A home for a kid is paradise, and the mother’s lap is the safest cradle to be in. Every child eventually enjoys being at school, but the beginning of schooling is something that every single child dreads. Preparing a child for pre-school is a challenge. It is the first step towards the academic journey that should always start with meticulous planning by every parent.
This transition from Home to school comes with several ‘first-time’ situations the child is likely to face.
Pre-school is the first major step. It is not mandatory but certainly recommended. Early schooling is referred to by several names like Pre-schools, Play Schools, Nursery Schools, Pre Primary or Montessori Schools. First time to school also prepares a child for the first exposure to the outside world. It is the place that exposes a child to socialize with other kids, igniting their creativity, lots of play & fun, and learning.
Sending a child to school for the first can be traumatizing both for the parents as well the child. The child and parent are likely to be separated for the first time for that long period. Preparing for this new experience and journey should always start in advance at Home by every parent.
Below are a few suggested steps that could ease a smooth transition from Home to school. All the points suggested are focused on making the child independent before moving into the alien environment of a school:
1. Toilet Habits
2. Brushing the teeth by themselves
3. Applying soap by self while Bathing
4. Dressing up
4. Wearing a shoe
5. Playing Outdoor
6. Sleeping alone at fixed bedtime
7. Daily Chores
Toilet Habits: A toddler of 18 to 24 months must be trained in correct toilet habits. These habits will ensure that the kids do not panic if the situation arises at school, and they can manage even in your absence.
Brushing their teeth is a health concern: The child should be able to do this exercise independently. It adds to the confidence of the child in having done something.
Applying soap by self while bathing: Bathing by self will instill the importance of hygiene in a child. It also gives the child a feeling of having grown up.
Dressing up: Allow the child to dress up without your help. The simple process of dressing up opportunes the child to learn to manage their dress even at school in your absence.
Wearing a shoe: However simple it may seem, putting the right foot into the right shoe or tying the shoelace is certainly not kid’s play. Allow the child to try a hand at it. Achieving success at this gives a huge boost to the confidence of a little one.
Playing Outdoor: Although every child enjoys playing, parents are often reluctant to let the child play outdoors. It is important to add to the physical strength of the child.
Sleeping alone at a fixed time: This is one of the most difficult tasks to achieve. The kids usually sleep either when they are tired or go to bed. Naturally, bedtime is not fixed. Delayed bedtime results in delayed waking. It affects the entire day's routine of the child. Also, a child tends to become cranky. Try bedtime stories at a fixed time. These are of great help.
Daily Chores: Doing daily chores like clearing their table, cleaning their mess, placing their belongings in the right place, and also helping you with other daily chores is one of the best methods of making a child organized. It also creates a great image of the child at school when s/he exhibits this ability.
To conclude, all the above activities will help the child to settle down at school because the child is trained to be independent.
It has been seen that the children who are less dependent on every small thing on their parents adapt easily to the shift from the Home's comfort to the school's environment.
Although most of the Pre-schools are equipped with adequate staff and amenities that can make & keep the environment friendly for the kids, it is advisable to get enough feedback before you decide upon the school for your child. Searching on the internet for ‘best pre-school’ or ‘pre-school near me’ may not always give you the correct information. You must always varify the claims made on the internet by visiting the premises and also talking to other parents whose kids are studying in that school.
Mastermind School in Bicholi, Indore, has garnered the reputation of being one of the best schools with the most conducive and happy environment for learning.