This article appears in our December\u00a02015 issue of Indy\u2019s Child Parenting Magazine. Flip through it here\u00a0or pick up a copy today at your local Marsh or Kroger store, YMCA, public library or community center. Preschool is a big transition for kids. It\u2019s a bridge between toddlerhood and Kindergarten, and\u00a0the change can make even the most excited little student a little anxious. If you\u2019ve got a\u00a0preschooler at home, try these tips for helping him navigate this exciting (but sometimes scary)\u00a0new world. 1. Get\u00a0yourself\u00a0excited \u201cOne way to really help a preschooler love school is for\u00a0the\u00a0parent\u00a0to love school," says April\u00a0Reynolds, Director of W.E.E. Care Preschool & Kindergarten in Indianapolis. "Preschoolers are\u00a0highly perceptive to their parent\u2019s emotional investments and reactions," she explains. "If you as\u00a0the parent are emotionally invested, and most importantly, involved in and supportive of your\u00a0child\u2019s school, then your child will follow suit." Reynolds stresses that a parent\u2019s enthusiasm must be authentic.\u00a0\u201cYou can\u2019t fake this,\u201d\u00a0she says.\u00a0\u201cYou actually have to love the preschool you chose for your child.\u201d\u00a0She suggests taking the time\u00a0to research, visit schools, ask questions and above all\u00a0\u201cstick to your parent intuition when\u00a0deciding on the best preschool for your child.\u201d 2. Address your own anxiety As Reynolds says, children pick up on how their parents react to situations. Decrease any\u00a0feelings of anxiety you have by taking the time really understand the policies and practices of\u00a0the preschool you choose so that any fears you have are\u00a0addressed. Make sure you know how\u00a0to contact your child\u2019s teacher and feel comfortable that staff will make time to address any\u00a0concerns you have. When you feel informed and prepared, you will be more relaxed and your\u00a0child will pick up on that vibe. 3.\u00a0Establish a quick drop off routine Focus on quick but meaningful drop off rituals, like a high five or a kiss followed by a quick\u00a0goodbye. Extended, emotional goodbyes are hard on parents, students and teachers. Be ready\u00a0to change up your drop off routine as the year progresses. You may find that your goodbye\u00a0ritual can be shortened as your child becomes more and\u00a0more comfortable going to school. 4. Get involved "Fundamental growth and student readiness and success, especially as your student gets older,\u00a0is highly dependent upon a parent\u2019s support and involved in that child\u2019s school," Reynolds says. "Preschool is not just an excellent way for children to\u00a0become acclimated to an academic\u00a0environment, it\u2019s an excellent way for parents as well to learn their\u00a0important role in their child\u2019s\u00a0academic career, which just begins in preschool." If possible, volunteer to read a book to the class, join\u00a0classroom parties or find other ways to\u00a0become involved in your child\u2019s preschool activities. Your child will love having you\u00a0share in their\u00a0world. 5. Be positive and specific when talking about preschool Be mindful of the way you discuss preschool at home in front of your child. Jannis Strasser of\u00a0the National Association for the Education of Young Children suggests celebrating your child\u2019s\u00a0small, specific successes. For example,\u00a0\u201cTell her that you are proud of the way she tried to print\u00a0her name,"\u00a0she says.\u00a0\u201cDon\u2019t expect perfection. If your child was perfect, she wouldn\u2019t\u00a0have to go\u00a0to school.\u201d 6. Add some helpful books to your bookshelf Many books are available that are designed to help kids\u00a0overcome preschool anxiety and get\u00a0excited to attend school. Try these titles for a good place to start:\u00a0The Kissing Hand\u00a0by Audrey\u00a0Penn,\u00a0Wemberly Worried\u00a0by Kevin Henkes,\u00a0Mommy Always Comes\u00a0Back\u00a0by Penny Schnee-Bosch and\u00a0Llama, Llama Misses Mama\u00a0by Anna Dewdney. 7. Keep things simple Avoid battles over things like what to wear or eating\u00a0a big meal before the school day. Keep\u00a0your focus on the more important goals of preschool. Also, Strasser suggests not dwelling on\u00a0how many friends a child is making.\u00a0\u201cThis is too abstract for most young children, and their\u00a0friends change by the minute,\u201d\u00a0she says. Instead, ask open-ended questions like\u00a0\u201cTell me about\u00a0some of the children in your class.\u201d\u00a0Most children will settle into a routine at preschool and grow to enjoy their time away from home\u00a0within a few months. However, if your child seems increasingly anxious as time goes on, consult\u00a0with the preschool director and your child\u2019s teacher to address any stumbling blocks that are\u00a0getting in the way of your child enjoying this important milestone experience. Helping your\u00a0preschooler love school will make the transition to Kind\u00a0ergarten that much easier! Discover more articles from our December issue of Indy's Child Parenting Magazine. About Sarah: Sarah's background in professional writing and editing includes a focus on parenting, entertainment and lifestyle topics.\u00a0 A Cincinnati native, Sarah is a mother to two boys and dedicates much of her time to their homeschool education.