The first few days, and sometimes weeks, of preschool can be a very scary time for some children (and moms and dads too). Starting school is something that your family has probably been thinking about all summer. Now, it’s time for your child to walk in to a new school with new grown-ups and a new classroom with all these new faces looking at them. They may look up at you and notice that maybe Mom and Dad look teary- eyed that their “baby” is growing up so fast…. no wonder some children suddenly cling to parents and cry.
*If you seem anxious and unsure about leaving your child at school they will pick up on this and start wondering if there is something to worry about. Try to act confident yourself.
* When talking with others in front of your child be positive and upbeat. Don’t let your child hear you say things like “I don’t know what I will do without them all day” or “I hope they will find a friend” or “I hope other children don’t pick on them”. When they hear you say these things they become worried also.
*Putting your child on the bus is the easiest way to send them to school. If you bring them to school it’s harder to get away from them and “sneaking out” when your child is busy and not looking, can make kids panic later, possibly making separation more difficult the next time.
* Separation problems sometimes will show up later on, just when you think you’re getting off easy. You may also find that your child is grumpy and hard to get along with, this is common because they are not used to long days and are tired. Preschool is hard work. This will get better as they get into a routine. It is also common for children to have problems when there is a major change at home. Notify your child’s teacher if there is anything happening that may be important to know.
*You may also give your child a picture that they can keep in their book-bag. When a child is missing their family it really helps for them to have the photo to look at and share with others.
*Please remember that some teachers are parents too and they really do understand how hard this can be. They know that you are entrusting them with a very precious gift, and feel honored to be your child’s first teacher. If your child is having an especially difficult time, your child’s teacher will let you know!
It’s going to be a great year! You are your child’s best teacher and I thank you for all you do.
Fri, August 10, 2012
by Melissa Weaver