We know you’re completely excited about sending your little to school and you have to admit that you have been eyeing that one awesome preschool a few months ago but can you really tell if your child is ready to attend school?
Here’s some questions to ask yourself to make sure your little one is all set to hit school when September comes:
Is he/she potty trained already?
Although some preschools doesn’t really require such, some actually does and if your chosen preschool are one of those few that does then you better make sure that your toddler is potty trained.
Was there any time that you and your child has spent time away from each other?
Kids who are used to seeing you leave them at home while you go to work take going to school lightly. But if you have been taking care of your child since he/she has been born then you should start introducing the idea in a gradual manner. You can start by leaving them to be taken care by your mother while you go out to shop some groceries. Though you don’t have to worry since some schools offer transitional days for newcomers so they can adapt to the change easily.
Can he/she follow instruction?
Preschool is not as strict with rules but your kid will be expected to follow some simple instructions while attending it such as cleaning up their play area. If you think your child is not yet ready for something like this then you can start giving him/her responsibility to some tasks like asking him/her to put the dirty dish in the sink.
Can he/she interact well with other kids?
Your child will be around kids all the time in preschool thus it makes sense that you make sure your child is used to interacting with other kids. If not then you might want to think about signing them up to a preschool first so they can start practicing.
Is switching from an activity to another an easy task for him/her?
Observe how your child handles situations that ask her/he to stop an activity to start another one. Preschool may present such situations thus making sure that your kid can do it at ease is a sign that he/she is ready for school time. Does he/she go into tantrum mode when you turn the TV off? One technique that you can help this kind of situation is by giving her advance notice that her current activity is about to end and that he’ll have to start one immediately after it.
If you think your child still needs a few improvements to work on then you shouldn’t rush him/her into school. It’s always better to make them go to school once they are ready.