Every child grows up, and with that, there will undoubtedly come the day they will start attending school. Most children nowadays begin from preschool, or kindergarten (some even earlier, from day-care) at the tender age of three or four. The experience can be nerve-wracking for both parents and children. In order to calm some of those nerves, here are some helpful tips:
- Visit the preschool with your child – one of the most important things you should before your child’s first day of kindergarten is to actually take him or her with you to the school. The sense of familiarity can greatly help your child: visiting an unknown place and remaining in it for a number of hours without seeing their parents can easily stress most young children, but if they are familiar with the place, the stress can be easily reduced. Most early years school Bangkok, for example, should be offering orientation days for new students; these let you accompany your child around the school, see the classrooms, meet the teachers and also meet other new students. It can also be an opportunity for you to socialize with and get to know other parents as well – this can be quite helpful for later activities at the preschool. If the kindergarten does not offer an orientation day, you can still for all schedule walks or drives by the school, so that your child gets used to the building at the very least (seeing other children play in the yard may pique his or her interest, for example).
- Adjust your child to timetables – the best kindergartens in Bangkok can have demanding timetables, and even if your kindergarten has a lax timetable, your child is probably not used to work according to time schedules. This is a routine you will have to ease your child into. If possible, get the timetable your child will follow (or a past timetable for his grade) and on the weekends, work according to it with your child. Have the interval at the mentioned time, so that your child can get used to waiting a few hours after breakfast in the morning. If the timetable has set times for playing and resting, follow them.
- Simulate early morning routines – starting with preschool, your child (as well as you) will need to get used to morning routines before school. Avoid making the mistake of waiting for the actual first day of school to go through the motions – not only will your child be tired, but you might also find yourself pressed for time (and a late arrival on the first day is not the best way to start school!). Instead, use the weeks leading up to the beginning of school as a practice time: get your child to bed early, wake him or her early and practice putting on clothes, etc. You want them to know what they are supposed to do. Likewise, it might be helpful to get everything ready the night before: clothes ironed, lunchboxes made, etc.