Breccan started preschool a few weeks ago. I am relishing the break, and I know the independence is good for him. We are attending the local community preschool. I'm a firm believer that play-based education is the best, and less is more. He has already shown some more maturity in just a few weeks. Starting preschool was definitely a good decision for our family!I'm enjoying some one-on-one time with Olin while B is at preschool. He also usually has a nap, so I can get some work, errands, or quiet coffee time in! I usually try and get some mindfulness practice in while he sleeps.I was really worried about Breccan having some separation anxiety on his first day. We got the call that there was a spot the day before his first day. I didn't have much time to prepare him, so I couldn't talk him through it too much. He used to be in daycare, so it wasn't the first time he had been without me.Here's some of the steps we took to minimize separation anxiety.
Tips for Starting Preschool
Focus on Friends
I talked up how he would make friends at preschool. We have been missing socializing since we moved, and I knew he would be excited to play with other kids his age.
Be Familiar with the Area
We are lucky because Breccan's preschool is in the community centre. We already spend a lot of time there going to the library and "train park".
Special Good Bye
I try and have Olin in the stroller or in a back-carry so I can focus on Breccan at drop-off time. We say a special good bye when Olin and I leave. Usually that involves a hug and blowing a raspberry kiss. This makes him laugh a little and sends him off in a good mood.If your child is starting preschool soon, or is having trouble after just starting, here is an article I found very helpful.