How to Prepare Your Student for Preschool
Preschool is the first step of your student’s education journey. Part of preschool’s purpose is to teach students the importance of routine and develop the habits needed for Kindergarten. This is important for any child, but for a student who’s blind or visually impaired, consistency can provide the stability and safety. School is a new environment, which can be intimidating for even a sighted student.
To get your student ready for preschool, Children’s Learning Center recommends the following to get your student ready for their first day!
Follow the Children’s Learning Center Daily Schedule
Begin the learning at home by following the CLC Daily Schedule or create your own. Below is an example of a simple schedule with instructions that you can use as a guide to create your own schedule. Introduce a timer to your child, what it does and how it works.
Teach Your Child to Follow Directions
Following directions is a key skill any child will need to have in the school setting; preschool helps develop this. However, giving them an early start at home will help them adjust to the classroom setting. There are plenty of ways you can start this process, if you haven’t already, but we have a few of the following exercise articles to get started.
Increase Your Child’s Vocabulary Words
Your child will learn a variety of new words just in their first day of preschool. It’s important to expand their vocabulary and to use context clues and early critical thinking skills that allow them to figure out what new words mean.
For example, when you’re helping them set expectations for their day, have them guess what they’ll be doing for the day and correct them accordingly. Or, when you’re reading stories, you can go over words your child may not have encountered before. Ask them what they think the word may mean after you’ve read the sentence that includes it.
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