Children learn fast and it is never too early to start with them with the “life skills” other than just academics. With these skills it is easier for both parents and the kid to start the school peacefully.
- Good Touch/Bad Touch: It is very important that the kids feel safe and not scared. There are numerous ways to teach kids about the topic and to make it easier the kid must learn the following:
- Getting dressed: Teach kids to dress themselves. For the extra pair of clothes that you pack with them for school, make sure that those are the easily wearable.
- Clean self: Train your kids to wash themselves. It is not just about bathing. They should learn to wash and wipe their hands clean after meal or playing. Always provide them with clean handkerchiefs while they are going out.
- Potty trained: The most important and the most dreadful too. A three year old is more than capable of using the toilet by self. It is up to the parents to use patience and practice so that the kids get ready before starting school.
- Teach the kids to say “No” to things or people that make them scared or uncomfortable.
- Self Information
- The kid must be able to tell his/her name, parent’s name. They must also be able to tell where they live (city, street name, building or society name). They can also be taught to remember the phone numbers (at least one). The kids must be taught to not share this information to strangers.
- Eating unassisted
- A kid must learn to eat by themselves without much or any help. Teach them to open their own lunch box and water bottle. Pack food that the child can consume easily. Provide a no spill water bottle.
- Social Skills
- Manners are necessary. Kids must learn to say “Thank you”, “Please” and “Hello” etc.
- Teach them to be polite and grateful.
- Kids must be able to learn to wait for turns.
- Sharing is another important skill for kids to learn beforehand.
Apart from this it is important to start leaving the kids by themselves to play or with friends so that the kids start to feel confident without parents.
Do talk about the day’s activities with kids. Talk to them every day to find out what is not working for them. Have patience and trust the kids with the learning’s.