Is it time for your toddler to socialize? Here’s how to stay organized with preschool prep.
I can hardly believe that our little family is well into toddlerhood. The toddler stage is absolutely phenomenal: at this age, your little one is still holding onto their curiosity while being more aware and communicative. It’s a wonderful mix of learning, playing, and developing.
For some time, Joe and I have noticed Leo’s eagerness to interact with other kids. Being an only child, he’s accustomed to independent play. However, more and more, we see him trying to utter words every time we’re at the park or enjoying scheduled play dates. This is why we decided for Leo to start on early preschool: for the social and learning aspect. We are all so excited!
Now that back-to-school is in full-force, I’ve got a few pointers on how to stay calm, organized, and ready for a brilliant year! Preschool prep doesn’t have to be intimidating for either parent or little one.
Staying Organized for Preschool Prep
Talk About It
Make school something to look forward to! Sure, everyone’s first day can be nerve-racking. In fact, one of my earliest memories is my mom walking me to my first day of kindergarten. Want to know how I felt?
…which is something I am trying to avoid with Leo. I think the social aspect is what’s really pushing me to get him to attend preschool.
So what do we do about it in our household?
We talk about it. Joe and I sat down and discussed different possibilities like daily play dates, group swimming lessons, the different preschools/daycares in our area, etc.
Now that we’ve officially decided on early preschool, we openly talk about it with Leo. Okay, so he may not completely understand our jibber-jabber, but the topic is out in the open. When we discuss it, we show excitement and we’re all smiles. It’s helpful for the entire family!
Integrate More Playdates
To get Leo more accustomed to socialization, we’ve scheduled a number of playdates before the big day. It gives him a chance to a) catch up with his buddies (and my mom-friends!) b) get used to sharing, communicating, and playing alongside others.
Visit the Facilities
A part of preschool prep is getting to know the staff and facilities. We made sure to pay a visit and get a tour of Leo’s soon-to-be school. This gets your family acquainted with its curriculum and teachers.
I’ve always noticed how so many parents dread the task of back-to-school shopping. I think it’s the idea of a long (and sometimes, expensive) list of items that need to be prepped and organized before the first day.
Leo’s has a ton of items to bring on his first day. Call me over-organized (Is there really such a thing?!), but everything is all set!
Yes, we are totally ready and preschool prep is just about done in our household: maybe it’s my natural passion for shopping or my need to be ready well before time. What also facilitated our preschool prep were the Stick2Me labels I used to get all of Leo’s items personalized.
Founded in 2014 by a busy mom of two, Stick2Me labels are colorful, durable, and easy to apply. Starting at $23.95 CDN, you get an entire booklet of labels of various shapes and sizes. Since they are waterproof and resistant to washing, you can label clothes, shoes, Tupperware, and bottles without a single worry (trust me, they are ultra secure!).
So here we are: pencils, toothbrush, sweaters, shoes… they are all labelled, packed-up, and we are totally ready for some preschool action!
How do you label your school supplies? Stick2Me is a really easy solution plus, you can choose between really fun designs and prints (we opted for the superhero labels). Check ‘em out on Insta, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.