Most elementary schools provide your child with a long list of items to purchase before school starts. Pencils, pens and paper are all good things to have!
But what about preschool years? If your child is getting ready to attend their first all-day or half-day preschool program, we have a ‘list’ of our own to help you prepare.
Consider getting these three back-to-preschool items ready for your first day:
1. Extra clothes with your child’s name written on the tag.
Avoid confusion for both teachers and children by labeling everything. Some preschools have separate, labeled bins for each child to store extra clothing at school, but that doesn’t mean clothes don’t still get mixed up.
Write initials somewhere on each piece of clothing, including underwear. That way, if accidents or messy art projects happen, you never have to worry about your child coming home in someone else’s clothing.
You can see some nice basics for school from a kid’s clothes company called Primary (no affiliation)!
2. A lunchbox to suit your needs.
Provide your child with a lunchbox that’s durable, easy to open independently, with multi-purpose spaces for a variety of foods.
Lunchtime is important at preschool. It’s a social time when your child might chat with a neighbor or friend while also learning social etiquette. Find a lunchbox they can call their own!
One suggestion is the OmieBox from OmieLife, with a neat bento box design that includes a built-in thermos for hot food.
3. A backpack for nap stuff, extra clothes and knick-knacks.
Backpacks are pretty mandatory for older children to tote homework between home and school, but why does a preschooler need a backpack?
It’s helpful to have a go-to bag to store everything your child might need for the week, including blankets, extra clothes or notes for teachers.
Not to mention, if your child just can’t part with a toy or memento from home, you have a place to store it so it won’t get lost. You can remind your child, “It’s important to keep your special toy in your backpack so it doesn’t get lost at school.”
The Fjallraven is a classic, albeit pricier, choice for a great kid’s backpack.
What does your preschooler need to feel ready for an exciting day at school? Every child is different, and we’re sure there are many variations to the items we suggested above.
Good luck getting back to school this year, it’s going to be great.
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