Tips for the First Full Day â€“ Saying Goodbye
The first days at preschool can be unsettling to some preschoolers and maybe even for some parents as well. Some children become anxious about how to cope all at once with new adults, new children and unfamiliar surroundings. Other children are more upset by the separation from home than by the new experiences. Still others make the transition into the new world with few hesitations. Whatever your childâ€™s pattern of adjustment is, the following ideas may help:
ï¶ In our classroom we ask parents to try to come as close to 9:00 as possible, giving your child time to adjust, assisting them in finding their cubby, and, if time allows, helping your child engage in an activity before you leave.
ï¶ When you leave make sure to tell your child that you are leaving (perhaps to do something very boring). This tends to be better than asking if it is OK if you leave, perhaps causing them to wonder if it really is OK or if they have a reason to be upset.
ï¶ Smile and wave all the way out the door! Your child trusts your judgment. If you act unsure, or come back at the first whimper, they will pick up on it and it may make them feel unsure too.
ï¶ Make sure you have gone over the schedule with your child so that they know what to expect and when you will be returning. Let them know that their teachers will be there to help them if necessary. You can tell your child that you will see them at Flubber Time (our last activity of the day).
ï¶ Understand that it is OK if your child needs to cry a little. Separation is hard, but rest assured that WE WILL CALL YOU if your child is truly distraught and crying for more than 20 minutes. Until the child is really comfortable, we will stay close to them.
ï¶ The more a child can talk about their fears, the easier it becomes to cope with them. A quiet conversation about the way the morning is going to be allows the child an opportunity to express their feelings. â€œWhen we get up we will have breakfast, get dressed and then we will drive to school where Miss Heather and Miss Christy will be waiting for you.â€
ï¶ Be on time for pickup! Class ends at 11:45am. This gives your child the confidence that you will always return.
We want to be partners in this process with each of you. Please let us help!