Before we can even begin to teach your child, certain fundamental rules need to be in place. We need to prepare the environment for you the parent and your child. This preparation is based on these key areas.
Plan your part of the adjustment process. It can be just as heartbreaking for you, as your child, when you separate. Are you emotionally prepared? How is your child to going to react to the separation? Touch base with the Director or teachers before the actual enrollment date. Do a trial run and spend half an hour at the school, a few days before the official start date. Make contingency plans for work or other activities that you have planned if things become difficult on the first day or first few days. How will you handle this situation? Think about what foods to prepare and how it should be packaged. Talk to other parents for useful hints.
The Night Before School
The Drive To School & Work
Prepare Your Child
Children may scream, cry or cling when you drop them off at preschool. This separation anxiety, which is quite normal, can in some cases create an extremely difficult situation for you, not to mention embarrassment. Don't be scared of this.
Trial Visit To The School
Do a trial run at the school, even for a few minutes. Keep calm. Don't panic. It is a natural part of your child's development and in time they will get used to it.
Another method is to practice saying good-bye. Get one of you relatives to look after your child. This trial separation will teach your child the concept of separation from you. Play a game of hide and seek. Subconsciously this helps your child grasp the concept of leaving and coming back.
Introduction To Teachers
If your child is introduced to the teacher or Director of the school before the actual start date, it will give the child a familiar face to identify with. If you know one of the children at school, arrange a play date, so that your child can see and take comfort in a familiar face.
What to pack for school
Blanket Small Pillow (Optional) A warm jacket (Light one for summer) Lunch (100% Juice Only) Picture of Family, A Change of clothes 2 pants, 2 socks, 2 underwear Diapers & supplies (If not potty trained) Check fingernails are cut, Pack outstanding documentation.
What to do when you get to school
The Good-Bye Routine
The Hello Routine