Learning is something that your children do long before they start attending school. Here at Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, we know that there are countless lessons that parents work on with their children before they attend our daycare facility. Whether you’re looking for something to start working on with them or you’re curious as to which lessons can be taught before school, today’s blog is for you. Our team is going to go over some of the lessons that can be taught at home before a child is enrolled at a daycare but also after hours when they’re just hanging out at home. Let’s dive in.
One of the many lessons that you can start working on is potty training. Though this is something that most parents start around the ages of two or three, there are still countless times where children attending preschool and even kindergarten wind up having accidents. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, our team is well equipped and prepared to manage children that aren’t fully potty trained. With that being said, if you really want to start teaching your child something that could help them while attending daycare, potty training is a fantastic option!
There are some children that are born to be independent and others that are incredibly dependent on time spent with parents. Wherever your child may fall on that spectrum, spending some time teaching and practicing independence before enrolling your child in a daycare or preschool program is not only going to benefit them, but it will help you immensely. By helping your child get accustomed to the idea of spending time on their own or being away from you, you don’t have to worry so much about the tough goodbyes or the tantrums that many parents struggle with.
Teaching independence can happen in a few ways. You could do this by giving them a task to complete on their own or giving them more independence with small tasks like picking out clothes, eating, and cleaning up. Another great way to teach independence is by signing them up for a class where they’re going to be away from mom or dad. Maybe swim lessons or a music class to help them get used to the idea of spending time away from you.
Emotions are another thing that you want to cover with your child before they start attending a daycare facility or preschool program. While emotions are something that we have very little control over, we do have control over how we choose to express our emotions. For that reason, we absolutely recommend sitting down with your child and going over the importance of expression. For starters, you want to make sure that your child knows they need to express when they’re feeling upset or happy. More importantly, however, you want to make sure they know how to express these emotions in a way that their teacher and peers can understand.
Working on this at home is fantastic because it not only provides your child with the knowledge and experience needed to utilize this skill while in school, but it will be something that you can directly benefit from as well.
Something that a majority of children struggle with when first attending a daycare facility or preschool is sharing. It’s no surprise for most parents that this is the case. With that being said, lessons on sharing are definitely something that you can introduce and work on long before your child starts attending a daycare facility. Given that this is something that we believe is so important, our next blog post will go into more depth on what you can do to teach your child about sharing, so keep an eye out for that.
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There are plenty of lessons that can be taught at home, but the reality for most parents is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. If you think that your child could benefit from time spent at a daycare facility or in a preschool program, reach out to our team. We would be more than happy to provide you with a walkthrough of our facility and go over any questions that you might have. Contact us today to get started on this next chapter of your child’s educational development.