5500 Granada Boulevard
Miami, FL 33146
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught|
9:00-10:00 Center Time
10:00-10:15 Bathroom and Snack
11:20-11:30 Bathroom and Centers
11:30-12:00 Circle Time
12:30-12:45 Literacy and Cozy Time
Separation and Transitioning to Preschool
Having made the decision to enroll your child in preschool, how should you prepare your child for their new environment, schedule, friends and teachers?
A childâ€™s response to separation is determined by their stage of development. One year olds may cry but may be easily distracted because they live in the present. Two year olds are known to have an intense attachment to their parents and crying and temper tantrums are more likely. Three year olds are usually experiencing a natural move toward independence so they may welcome the separation more readily although some three year olds may have a short lived more extreme reaction.
The following are many things that a proactive parent can do to alleviate the anxiety their children may feel.
1. Communicate positive feelings and show excitement about your decision to send them to preschool.
2. Prepare your child for the change by specifically explaining what activities they will do in preschool such as: playing puzzles, singing songs, playing on a playground, and making friends.
3. Establish a routine that begins early enough so that mornings are peaceful and happy and the child can have time to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and dawdle a little without being rushed.
4. Interact and focus your attention on your child when you drive them to school this will make for a more positive separation.
5. When leaving, be certain to always say goodbye by giving a reassuring hug and kiss, wishing them a happy day and telling them you look forward to seeing them after school.
6. Create a partnership with the teacher and the school director so they know you and your family.
7. Keep teachers or the director apprised of any changes in your family either positive or negative.
8. Become a part of the schoolâ€™s Parent Association, this can be your window to more knowledge of the inner workings of the school.
9. Become more involved in the community aspects of the preschool and volunteer to participate in being the room parent, fundraising and special events planning.
As the parent you must remember that to navigate through life successfully, children need to learn to trust people outside their family and to practice social skills by being with other children. They will learn to master separation, it may not happen immediately and you may have to go through the process again after a vacation or long weekend, but if you accept your child for who they are, move at their pace, and be patient, they will become more comfortable with their growing independence. With your support, enthusiasm and encouragement, your child will embrace the many joys associated with the preschool experience.
We are looking forward to beginning this exciting adventure with all of the new families attending our program. Each of our teachers handles the process of separation a little differently. Your childâ€™s teacher will communicate exactly how they handle this process and what their studentâ€™s family should do in a phone call, during the home visit or at the parent orientation.