You don't need to work with her to make her "ready" for preschool! I have taught Head Start for many years. One thing that will help her when she starts is to take her to meet the teacher, kids and see the classroom before the first day if possible. Then on the first day it will not be a completely new experience. Get her a back pack if she needs one ( ask the teacher) and let her pick it out. She shouldn't need any paper or crayons. Talk to her about going to school and help her get excited about it! Let her know that you will be dropping her off, but that you will be back after she plays, sings, and eats a snack or lunch. Your child will be learning many new skills in all areas of development, but don't expect to see loads of worksheets. Children learn best by doing and using hands on activities. She will be learning much needed social skills and how to follow rules and routines from another adult.
at 1:32 AM on Jan. 7, 2009