Our 3-year-old is finishing up his first year of preschool. It was a smooth transition into the school year and successful throughout. Now, we'll prepare for 5 days a week of pre-kindergarten next year.

But as summer beckons, we still have a lot of work to do — reinforcing the lessons that he's learned this year in the classroom before school ramps up again.

Hopefully, some of these tips might work for your young child, too.

Letters, Numbers, and Writing

This might seem easy but it takes tremendous discipline. One suggestion is to purchase a workbook for young children and set aside a dedicated amount of time — 15 or 20 minutes? — each day to work on writing letters and numbers. Another idea is to buy some sidewalk chalk or a small dry erase board and let them practice writing their name. You can make it a game and reward improved skills with a little extra screen time or a fun family outing.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Kids spend lots of time in preschool making arts and crafts. Even a non-crafty parent can find a few cool arts and crafts exercises online to help their child continue improving their hand-eye coordination while helping to unleash their inner artist.

Sticking to a Schedule

One of the reasons we send our kids to school is to help them get acclimated to a schedule. Over the summer, try to maintain a flexible, loose schedule and give them a visual reminder of what that schedule entails. You can set up a calendar at kids' eye-level in the kitchen and break down the day's events. In the morning, explain to them what's on tap.


One of the biggest skills our children learn in preschool is how to share. Whether they retain that skill depends on the child, but you can place a greater emphasis on it at home with siblings or friends in the neighborhood. Schedule play dates where your child MUST share and, before the play date, talk to your child about how sharing will be expected and see if he can follow the rules.


If your child has encountered disciplinary or behavioral problems during the school year, make sure he doesn't get a pass when he's home during the summer months. Before the end of the school year, discuss with your child's teacher the punishment techniques she used. If a similar issue arises at home, try to incorporate a similar punishment as the one used in school. This will maintain continuity and remind your child that there are rules that must be followed.


Next to sharing, learning to focus on a task and complete it is one of the main goals of preschool. You can help your child to continue grasping this concept by challenging him to sit and focus on a puzzle, workbook, or game for a period of time.

When to Be Silly

Kids love to be silly but preschool teaches them that there are times during the school day when silliness is not appropriate. If your child is inclined to act up during mealtime, family time, or at another moment when it's not acceptable, make sure to remind them that silliness has its' place but not all day long.


Each day in preschool, a child has a different duty — setting the table for snack time, holding the door open at playtime or cleaning up toys. At home, make sure there are specified, simple chores for your child to do so the routine stays in place.

Kids get comfortable in their home environment and may not show you the same level of respect they show their teacher. It's important for you to establish rules and stick to them. It will make your home life flow easier and also help prepare your school for the next level in school.