While I never went to pre-school, I remember my first day of Kindergarten. I dreaded going to that school. I am not sure why I was scared to start school. I guess the reason was that being the ninth out of ten children, my mom was always home. This was the first time I would be away from her. During the summer, I decided I was not going there, even if I had to fight. Well on that dreadful day, the bus came. When my mom went to put me on the bus, I began kicking and screaming. This plan worked; the bus drove off. However, my mom was not defeated. She drove me to school. I went kicking and screaming all the way. I even kicked the poor teacher in the shin. It was a good thing that she was very understanding. She got me calmed down by getting me to do some arts and crafts. After that the day went smoothly. As other children came to class, I realized that I was not the only one who was scared. My poor teacher even got another bruised shin. At least I was able to encourage the other students, that school was fun.
As you can see, the first day of preschool can be a challenging time for both you and you’re your child. Unless, if you child has been to a babysitter, this may be the first time your child will be separated from you. While you may believe these fears are silly, the child sees school as something to fear. These handy tips will help make the transition go smoothly and help protect your child’s teacher’s shins.
The first thing you have to know is if your child is ready for pre-school. Does your child cry when you are not in the same room with him? Does your child get along with other children? Does he make friends easily or is he shy? Make arrangements with other parents to set up play dates. This way your child can interact and play and make friends.
If this is your child’s first time out of the home for an extended period of time, you may have to ease him into the routine. It is important not to wait until the first day of school. This may cause a panic and his teacher may have a bruised shin.
Make an appointment to meet with the teacher before school starts. Your child can learn the teacher’s name and get to know her. He can be taken around the school and find out where his classroom and bathrooms are. He can also learn when he can play and take a nap.
Make you child excited about going to preschool. Just like counting the days down to Christmas, a week before school starts, start marking down the days on a calendar. Take him with you when you shop for school supplies. Have him pick out the clothes he wants to wear and pick out his lunch and snack.
Find out if you can stay with your child during the first couple days of school. Most teachers allow this. On the first day of pre-school, rather than putting him on the bus, drive your child to school. When school starts, stay for a while and see how he gets along with the other children and the teacher. When he seems to be comfortable, kiss him goodbye. Give the teacher a phone number she can call in case there are any problems.
When your child is comfortable with the new setting, have him start taking the bus. If he is anxious, tell him that you will follow him to the school. When he sees that you will be there for him, he will understand that you are not leaving him. It might take a couple of days. Then he will look forward to riding on the bus.
Always tell you child that you will be home for him when he gets home from preschool.
The main thing to remember is you are not the only parent with a child starting preschool for the first time. The other parents in your child’s classroom are going through the same thing. Whether it is the parents being anxious about leaving their child alone or the child worried about being without their parent, the transition will go smoothly if everybody works as a team. When parents and children support each other, the first day of preschool is the exciting start a the education adventure.