How to Have a Great First Day of Preschool

6 Ways to Start Preschool on the Right Foot

It's been what you've been looking forward to all summer. And now that the first day of school is nearly here, it's time for the final preparation. There are some steps you can take ahead of time to help your little one have a great day at preschool -- from getting a good night's sleep to making sure her backpack is well stocked with the proper supplies.

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Setting a Bedtime Routine

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If you've got a child starting preschool, a good night sleep is crucial for myriad reasons. But getting a little one to stop the excitement of the day and settle down to rest isn't always an easy task. A good solution is to establish a bedtime routine -- a consistent series of events that you follow every night, culminating in your preschooler going to sleep willingly. Sound too good to be true? Check out our tried-and-true tips so you'll both get some zzzz's.

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Read Starting Preschool Books

My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards, Anthony Flintoft (Illustrator)
My First Day at Nursery School by Becky Edwards, Anthony Flintoft (Illustrator). Bloomsbury

 With comforting words and vibrant pictures, these starting preschool books do a great job of easing any anxiety your child may have. And the great part is, you can read them again and again -- as often as your child likes. 

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Preschool Supplies for the First Day of School

Pottery Barn Kids Fairfax Preschool Backpacks for the first day of school
Before the first day of school, let your child help you fill their backpack with all their preschool supplies. Image © Pottery Barn Kids. Pottery Barn Kids

A fun part of starting school for many kids is going shopping for school supplies. This is also a great way to get those children who might be reluctant about the idea excited about the prospect of the year ahead. Although you'll want to check with your child's teacher about what she needs, this list is a good starting point to either send in with your child or even keep at home.

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What Not To Bring on the First Day of School

And while there are supplies that are both required and appreciated by the teacher, there are some items that are certainly not. Check this list before you pack your child's backpack on the first day of school.

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Top Preschool Supplies

One Step Ahead Personalized Art Smock
This Personalized Art Smock from One Step Ahead is a great supply to send in with your child on the first day of school. Image © One Step Ahead. One Step Ahead
Once you have your supply list in hand, you may be looking for ideas of what types of supplies you need. From backpacks to glue sticks, here are our choices for the best preschool school supplies.

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The Night Before the First Day of Preschool

To have a great first day of school, your child must have a great night before the first day of school. From keeping your little one calm to sticking to their bedtime routine, use these tips to set the tone for a positive "First Day of Preschool Eve."

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Helping Your Child Have a Great First Day of Preschool

Rob Van Petten First Day of School
The first day of school is an important day, setting the tone for the entire year. Image © Rob Van Petten. Rob Van Petten
Now that the big day is finally here, you want to make it a good one. For all the preparation you've done ahead of time, there is still plenty you can do on the first day of preschool to help put your child at ease.

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