Most children after the age of two become quite playful and determined to explore their immediate environment and can become quite a handful for their parents or caregiver. This could then come in the way of their parent’s especially the mother’s daily activities that eventually, the decision to send the kid to school becomes one to be made. Preschool readiness is more about emotional readiness and not necessarily a skillset. Once you recognize your child showing signs of preschool readiness, chances are good that they are ready to tackle the preschool environment.
Determining when your children are ready for preschool is easy to do if you know what signs to look for. Some of these signs at times are very easy to see, but some of these are a bit more hidden. You want what’s best for your kids, and that includes setting them up for success from the very beginning.
Children who began education in early childhood got more out of school in every grade and were more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. The children who participated in early education programs were also healthier and wealthier than their peers who did not.
As such children already know how to get along with others, and came prepared with more language skills and a broader knowledge base, which sets them up for a much smoother academic sail.
The value of preschool is also not strictly academic as it is also for socialization, to introduce the idea that learning can be fun, and to teach kids how to share, compromise, and get along as a group.
If your child can do some of the below, then he or she is ready for the next ‘’challenge’’ of life.
They can follow simple directions
If your little one can follow your basic commands throughout the day, they’ll do just fine at preschool. Teachers need kids to follow directions so there isn’t chaos in the classroom, but they also understand that young kids can’t follow a huge string of complex instructions.
They can handle being away from you for short periods.
The most stressful part of your child’s transition to preschool might be fear or separation anxiety. You certainly aren’t alone in worrying about how your child will handle being dropped off that first day of school. It’s normal for a child to cry for a few minutes after you say goodbye, but if they continue to be upset throughout the day, they may not be ready to take on a whole day of preschool without you.
They can focus on a task
Three- and four-year-olds aren’t known for their long attention spans. Luckily, preschool is the perfect place for them to hone their focus before entering kindergarten.
They want to play with other kids
If your child smiles, waves, or greets other kids in the park or wherever, this could be a sign your child is ready to make friends and play with others in the classroom.
They have basic self-care skills
This is quite very important.
Teachers will be available to help kids when needed, but your child should be able to handle the basics of taking care of themselves while at school. Kids should be able to do stuff for themselves like putting on their clothes, taking their shoes on and off, feeding themselves, and cleaning up their toys.
They are potty trained
While not all preschools require students to be potty trained, it is recommended that this is a skill that will help children not feel behind compared to their peers as no child wants to be the last of their friends still wearing diapers.
They know what to expect in the classroom.
You can help set your child up for success by preparing them for the preschool experience. A recommendation is for you to read books about preschool with your child and introducing activities like identifying colors and singing the alphabet song.
If you identify a good number of these in your child, then there’s a pretty good chance that there are ready for preschool and would be able to cope adequately as well.