Your little one doesn’t have to be the next Emily Post, but she should have a basic grasp of how to behave in public. From using the restroom on her own to knowing to say "please" and "thank you," there are some practical skills that your preschooler should have mastered by now, or at least possess a basic understanding.
Many preschools let (or even encourage that) parents stay in the classroom for all or part of the first few days, so if you can swing it, stick around. Knowing that you’re within clinging distance will give your kid the courage to explore his new digs.
Talk positively about preschool ahead of time: their new teacher, their new friends, their new classroom.
Place child-sized furniture around the house to encourage the busy toddler to sit still longer and "work" at her own drawing table. A step stool will help her reach the kitchen sink for hand washing, tooth brushing, and for "helping" in the kitchen.
As a parent, you are your child’s advocate.
For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is vital that you communicate his or her needs to the adults at school. It is equally important for you to listen to what the teachers and other school officials have to say.
Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.
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Teachers can encourage parents to take an active role in the classroom by requesting volunteers for holiday parties, field trips, or book readings.
Often, parents feel more at ease when they have the chance to meet their child’s friends and observe the day-to-day happenings at preschool.
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Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education.
Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity, such as crawling before the age of one. If you and your toddler engage frequently in different kinds of physical activities, this may enhance brain development.
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