When school isn’t reliable, masks are mandated, and everyone in the world is distanced, how can we keep our preschoolers social?
START ONLINE PRESCHOOL
You may not realize it, but online preschool is actually a great option! You just have to find the right one for your child. There are so many different types of online preschool, you can find the perfect one for your child. The great thing is, you’re not limited to just the preschools close by, so there’s a lot more variety to choose from.
No, we’re not talking about those websites where you can play educational games, although those can be a great extended learning tool. A great online preschool is taught by a real live preschool teacher, with other students your preschooler can socialize with.
Online preschool teachers understand the value in keeping your child’s attention, so classes are super fun and creative. Teachers sing and dance, use puppets, and usually send out supplies your child can use for hands-on involvement. Your preschooler won’t be missing out on the joys of preschool at all, just learning how to enjoy them in a new way.
HAVE ZOOM “PLAYDATES”
If your child is doing online preschool, then get in touch with those students outside of class! Zoom is a live video platform commonly used amongst online preschools, so your preschooler’s new friends will all be experts at using it, and they will have a blast getting to know each other better outside of class.
This is a great platform to stay in touch with all of your preschooler’s friends and family, so have everyone you know sign up for a free account, and keep your preschooler socializing.
GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE
Being outdoors is good for your preschooler, COVID or not. Outside is the best place for your preschooler to socialize, while still keeping some distance. Zoom calls are amazing, but for those times when they just aren’t enough, invite a friend or two over for one of these activities.
- Outdoor movie night
- Nature hike
- Scavenger hunt
- Bike ride
- Yoga/ exercise
- Learn gardening
SOCIALIZE AT HOME
Your preschooler learns a lot of their social skills from you, and will benefit a lot from some extra socialization with you right now. Basically, we’re giving you a great excuse to spend more time playing. Use your playtime to focus on some skills your preschooler builds while playing with their friends, such as:
- Following simple directions
- Expressing Emotions
- Self control
- Respect & Boundaries
GET A PET
Dogs are man’s best friend…until the kid comes along, and you suddenly have a lot more leg room at night. If your preschooler doesn’t have a furry friend to cozy up to, we highly recommend one. Not all great pets are furry and cozy though!
Maybe your preschooler likes the scaly type, or the slithery type… If they show an interest in a specific animal, then they are likely to build a strong bond with that animal. You may have to talk them out of the kangaroo they saw on tv and they just have to have, but a trip to the pet store to pick out a new friend should take care of that.
Children tell all of their secrets to their pets, hold them, play games with them, hug them, fall asleep with them, and truly love them. A pet is not only a great way to make sure you preschooler has socialization during COVID, but also a great way to make sure your preschooler has a best friend they will remember for the rest of their lives.