For many children, beginning Montessori preschool is the first time they are expected to be apart from their parents. The transition may be difficult at first, but you can make it easier by following a few professional tips.
1. Talk About Attending SchoolYou can make the process less intimidating by talking about it with your preschooler. Discuss his anxieties to relieve some of the trepidation. Tell anecdotal tales about your own early education. Take a tour of his new school. Answer his questions and offer plenty of reassurance in the days leading up to the start of school.
2. Stick to a RoutineEstablish a daily routine and stick to it. This includes things like getting ready for bed, preparing for school, and taking care of daily activities such as putting away his dirty clothes or packing a lunch.
3. Eat WellNutrition and mental capabilities such as memory and critical thinking go hand in hand. Starting each day with a nourishing breakfast and eating a well-balanced lunch will make it easier for your child to succeed.
4. Schedule Play Dates- If you give your child the opportunity to meet and play with his future schoolmates will make going to school a lot easier. Starting school with other children he plays with regularly takes a lot of the mystery out of school, and that will help with his behavior, concentration, and performance.
5. Get Plenty of RestSmall children need at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and a minimum of one nap during the day. Children who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be cranky, exhibit unfavorable behavior, and may have difficulty concentrating or performing other mental tasks.
6. Put Your Child at EaseKeep in mind that school is a brand new experience. By reassuring your child and showing an interest in his school you are demonstrating that the Montessori classroom is a safe place where exciting things take place.
Your attitude toward starting school is going to have a tremendous impact on how your child views the experience. The best thing you can do to help him be more successful in preschool is to reinforce the idea that school is a fun place where he can make new friends and discover an exciting world of knowledge.