With increased academics, more desk-sitting and more testing in elementary school, traditional schooling has changed dramatically in recent years. That change has trickled down to the preschool age, too, in order to prepare children for what’s to come.
In many schools, there is less unstructured time, like free play and recess, and more focus on early learning. But for some young students, the preschool years, which were once filled with finger-painting and nap times, can feel rigorous. And while you might assume it was all fun and games, it sure doesn't feel like it when your three- or four-year-old comes home spent, pent up or totally overstimulated at the end of the day.
Preschool can be a tough adjustment for many kids and their parents, too. But there are plenty of things parents can do to help support the transition and ease kids into their new environment. Here are a few tips to best support your new preschooler.