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Seedlings student hard at work with a shovel and pail in the backyard
Colleen Goddard, Ph.D.June 14, 20221 min read

Activities to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

As the summer season is approaching, we would like to share some thoughts that may help make your child’s return to school in the fall a positive one.

Talking About School

Early August is a good time to begin discussing school with your child. There are many ways that the abstract concept of "school" can become more of a reality for your child, and one in which they can be an active participant.

Walking Past the School

Look in the window! Familiarizing your child with the school walk, trip or travel as well as the surroundings can help your child to associate school with concrete experiences. Many parents and children enjoy choosing a lunch box together, using it at home, and eating lunch "just like at school.” 

“All About Me” Books

You may want to gather family photographs (for your child's "All About Me" book) or pack a backpack together with an extra set of clothes. Discussing how these items will be used at school will help your child understand and anticipate some of the daily school routines.



Colleen Goddard, Ph.D.

Colleen is the Early Childhood Division Director at Corlears School. Also an adjunct professor at CUNY Brooklyn College, Colleen holds two master's and a doctoral degree in Early Childhood Studies and Human/Child Development. Colleen is deeply involved with the professional early childhood community, having co-authored New York State's Early Learning Guidelines; she also co-hosts the yearly Art of Play and Wonderment conference at Corlears in partnership with Brooklyn College.