Your baby just graduated preschool! That makes you a bundle of pride, excitement, and nervous energy – ecstatic over your child’s accomplishments, yet apprehensive about the future.
What can you look forward to after preschool? What can you do to prepare for the future? How can you calm those overwhelming feelings of anxiety? Lucky for you, we made a list!
1) Enjoy the Summer!
Soon, your little one will begin their lifelong relationship with homework and studying for exams. Enjoy your last bit of freedom before they begin their formal schooling!
Summer time is the perfect time to do all of the “baby” things your child still enjoys. Set up the kiddie pools, pull out the finger paint, and lay out all of the dress up clothes. Take advantage of the 2 1/2 months of summer before things get serious.
2) Shop for School Supplies
One way to tame the anxious feelings you have about beginning a new school is to focus on the exciting things! Take a trip to Target and introduce your child to the wonders of backpacks and lunchboxes. Picking them out will make your child feel like they have some control over the changes that are coming (plus, it will provide you with an adorable photo worthy post 😉 )
3) Take a School Tour
Speaking of feeling in control, nothing is scarier than arriving in a new place for the first time. Call your child’s school and see if you can set up a school tour for your child. Taking a walk through the school library, playground, and lunch room can make the new, big, scary school seem much less scary. You will also feel better after seeing how safe and well contained your child’s school is. A tour can be a great first step in making your child’s new school feel like a new second home.
4) Meet with Your Child’s Pre-K Teacher
Your child’s pre-kindergarten teacher has a wealth of knowledge about the transition to kindergarten. She is also the second most qualified person to speak about your child’s strengths and weaknesses (you, of course, are the most qualified!)
Requesting an open, honest conversation about your child before they make their big transition can help you make the move to kindergarten easier from both an academic and social standpoint. It can also provide you with valuable information that you can pass on to your child’s kindergarten teacher, helping them get to know your child right away.
5) Get Organized
You may feel like there isn’t much to get ready before kindergarten, but you definitely don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute. Make your own list of all of the things that need to get done before the first day of school. Uniforms purchased, washed, and ironed? Check. Transportation plans in place and communicated to your child? Check. Lunch plans and after school activities lined up? Check. IEP meeting scheduled for your child (if applicable)? Check.
There is much to do before your child begins kindergarten, but there is still lots of time left to have fun and enjoy the last moments of having a preschoolers running around the house. Saying goodbye to early childhood can be a bittersweet moment, but the real adventures are yet to come! Embracing this new season of life with open arms can only lead to good things.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 preschool graduates! Go out there and change the world!