Preparing for Pre-school

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Each and every year, moms everywhere start to mentally prepare themselves for their toddler’s first day of pre-school.
 
This is my year…
 
For the past four years, my son has been by my side, as I work remotely. Fast-forward to the year 2020, when the next school year starts and my oldest begins middle school my youngest will begin a new chapter in his life too: Pre-school is! It’s a milestone that felt as though it was so far away but pre-school here we come!
 
Lately, I’ve been putting more thought on how I can prepare my son for his first day of pre-school.  You would think that I’d be as calm as a cucumber since this is not my first rodeo, right? If you answered “Yes” you’re not the only way because I thought so so but I’ve realized that the number of children a mom has doesn’t make the first day of anything any easier. Each child and experience is unique. While it’s a bittersweet feeling for me it’s my responsibility to ensure that my son is as ready as he can be and I ease him into a new environment and routine.
 

How can moms help their soon-to-be pre-schooler with the transition?

  • Talk to them about it. Ask them questions. Answer any questions they may have.
  • Read to them (in general) but also specifically books that focus on all things pre-school
  • Go over taking turns and sharing classmates
  • Discuss the importance of not touching others nor allowing others to touch them…and to speak up if/when
  • Go over the basic necessities: undressing and dressing on their own to use the bathroom, wiping, washing hands etc.
  • Have them work on saying his or her first name and last name
  • Show them how to hold a pencil correctly
  • Work on holding and using a kid-safety scissor 
  • Have them practice writing their first name
  • Count to 10 together
  • Go over colors and shapes
  • Sing the alphabet 
  • Teach them how to practice patience and work on their listening skills
  • Practice putting on and taking off their backpacks 
 
Working on pre-school preparation tasks will help both mom and child feel ready for a new chapter in their lives. Time runs at rapid speed in the world of motherhood. One day it’s the first day of pre-school and then, with a blink of an eye, it’s already graduation day. You’ll see how quickly and smoothly you and your little one will adjust to pre-school. 
 
 
I will leave you with this pro-tip use waterproof mascara for the first day of pre-school. If you’re like me then there will be a water work spectacular as soon as I drop my little boy off and get in the car. 
 
Is your child starting pre-school this upcoming school year? If so, what are some ways you’re preparing?
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Natyia Jimenez was born in La Isla Del Encanto Puerto Rico and grew up in Orlando, Florida. She’s lived in several cities through South Florida but has spent the last seven years in Broward County. Natyia is a happy wife and proud mother of two. During the day she works from home with her toddler and by night, once the kids are asleep, she creates content for her bilingual blog and YouTube channel. DIMELO MAMI is her passion project and her dream team is made up of her mom and daughter. She enjoys sharing her thoughts and experiences with others. Natyia’s favorite part about blogging and creating videos is capturing memories to look back on and pass onto her children.