Preschool Readiness Quiz and Rationale
Looking for a little more information on the questions you saw on the preschool readiness quiz? Well, here you go!
Have you begun to teach your child a morning routine in preparation for getting ready for preschool on time?
Reinforce your child’s early waking by planning fun activities for the morning, including breakfast or reading time together.
Have you facilitated regular social activities with same-age peers for your child?
Play with peers is an important part of preschool. You can provide opportunities for peer interaction by scheduling playdates, mommy and me groups, or playtime at the park.
Have you read books or engaged in pretend play about going to school?
Many experts recommend reading books that discuss the first day of school experience for children about six months before school begins. This provides a “template” for what to expect on the first day and helps soothe fears and concerns about the uncertainty associated with the first day. In addition, many children like to “play” school and parents can help children practice the steps of attending school. It is often useful for kids to take on the role of teacher, too!
Has your child met his or her new Preschool Teachers, yet?
Three to four months before the first day of school, take your child to visit the teacher about once a month. With your teacher’s permission, take pictures of their teacher alone and with your child. Create a small scrapbook, so that your child can refer to it when they are home.
Have you and your child visited the preschool, yet?
Approximately 4-6 weeks before school starts, begin to visit the school once a week or once every other week. Walk about the classroom and playground, familiarizing your child with the grounds and environment. Take pictures of the classroom and playground; add these to your child’s scrapbook.
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