Thank you JCPenney for sponsoring this post. Visit JCPenney in-store or online to shop the new fashionable picks at an affordable price!
My oldest starts preschool in September. Which is impossible, because he was just born a few months ago. There’s no way he’s almost three. At this rate, he’ll be graduating in the spring!
I’m kidding, but it is hard to believe that the school years are here. It feels like we only just were marveling at all the things he could do, like say, “Mama and Dada” and sleep in a “big boy bed”. Now he can point out construction trucks and tell me all their names. He knows his letters pretty well, and can also count and build and make up his own mind. He’s definitely ready for school. (Me, on the other hand…)
It is going to be a new experience, though. I stay home with the both the boys currently, so he’s not familiar with being around other kids, and under someone else’s care. The structure and schedule and rules will be new things for him.
I can also fear that he’s going to lose it when we drop him off for the first time. So lately I’ve been trying to start preparing him mentally for preschool. To help him understand that he’ll be spending time somewhere else a few mornings a week, and to start him thinking in that direction. I’m hoping that by getting him thinking about it now, it won’t be such a shock to his system when he gets there.
Are you helping your child to prepare for preschool? Here are some ways that may help:
1. Talk about school. We’ve been talking school up, ever since we started figuring out which one Theo would attend. Whenever we get the chance, we mention him going to school, or drive by, or point out buses or backpacks. Our library is having a back-to-school themed story time, which we’ll check out. Anything to help him start getting the idea in his mind.
2. Take them with you to visit. When we were checking out schools, our little guy came with us to check them out. And it got him so excited. He wanted to jump right in and play with everyone else. Orientation or summer camps are another great way to introduce school to your little. Any opportunity you get to familiarize your child with the location and the people is so helpful.
3. Practice social skills. They’ll learn what they need to know in school – things like shapes and numbers and all. But they’re also going to learn how to interact, respect others, deal with conflict, and follow the rules. So currently I’m trying to give Theo the opportunity to interact with others his age as much as possible. Sometimes I intervene and explain things to him, and other times, I just let him work it out for himself. (And we’re always working on being polite, too.)
4. Spend special time with them. I know things are going to be different when he starts school, and we’re going to be missing out on time together. So both my husband and I want to take advantage of the time we have. I think it’s good for all of us to get that time, and enjoy it.
5. Let them make some choices when it comes to back to school clothes and gear. Getting them involved in decisions that have to do with school makes it just a little more real, something they can picture. Picking out a backpack made Theo’s day. And we both had fun shopping for school clothes at JCPenney.
Okay, we did give him a little help picking things out, because three-year-olds are not always the best judges of what to wear. (Either practically or fashion wise.) Luckily JCPenney has what we need – all kinds of stylish and affordable clothes from a variety of brands. And they have home and beauty products, too. Yay for one-stop shopping!
While I know preschool is not exactly Fashion Week, I still want him to look good and feel comfortable in school. JCPenney’s back-to-schoool fashion and their great price points made it easy to get a whole bunch of mix and match options within our budget. Plus we made it a family affair, and had fun all together, picking out fun clothes for our little guy. Here’s a sneak peek of the preschool fashion to come.
We threw in a little 90’s Retro with one of his outfits. I liked the combo of the graphic tee with a button-up on top.
My hubby wears a lot of polos, and I like them on the boys too. Dressier-looking, but still comfortable!
And since Theo had a thing for this vintage-looking Lion team shirt , we went with a Retro Sports look, adding an athletic hoodie on top.
Of course I say all of this, and I have no idea how starting school will be. Every child reacts differently. But the best you can do is try to prepare, and make fun memories along the way. You both will get adjusted, and the school year will go on.
What things do you do to prepare for the school year? What helps your child prepare?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.