Preschool Readiness

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What Can You Do To Improve Your Child's Preschool Readiness Skills?

In advance of the transition into preschool parents can:

  • Parenting expectations: Increase expectations of your child around self care tasks such as dressing, toileting, eating, and getting ready to go out of the house.
  • Social skills: Encourage your child to develop relationships with known and unfamiliar children of a similar age.
  • Books: Expose your child to books to prepare them for sitting and listening to stories as part of group time at preschool.
  • Early preparation: Start preparing your child for preschool at the age of 3 by talking about expectations at preschool/kindergarten such as appropriate behavior and sit down activities.
  • Visual strategies: Use visuals, such as picture schedules, to help your child understand the routine of their day both at home and at preschool/kindergarten.
  • Outings: Prepare your child for group excursions when at preschool/kindergarten by going to places such as the library, the zoo, the shopping center, the post office and help your child to understand appropriate behavior in these environments.
  • Fine motor skills: Help your child develop fine motor/muscle skills by encouraging activities such as:

This is an area that will be a large part of the activities undertaken at preschool, so developing these skills early will enable your child to participate in activities much more easily and willingly.

Hold forks and spoons to eat
Cut with child-safe scissors
Wipe the table with a sponge
Play with play dough and clay
Help with meals—stir, shake and mix
Draw, scribble, or write with crayons, pencils, and markers
Get dressed—button, zip, snap, buckle and fasten
Build with small blocks

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