It seems a bit unreal that we are already seeing “Back to School” items showing up on the shelves. And, as much as I would like to extend summer, I know the new school year will be here before you know it. For many of you this might be your first “Back to School” experience. I will never forget the first time I dropped my daughter off at school for the first time. Oh, the emotions that came… from both of us.
I have learned a lot during my time in the Early Childhood Field. Would you believe me if I told you there is a secret recipe to helping your child transition successfully into the school year? I promise, these 8 tips are sure to make your kiddo’s first week of school easier, for both of you.
- Establish a Bedtime Routine – Learning is hard work and the average preschooler needs 10-13 hours of sleep ever day! If your child is a night owl, start moving up their bed time 15 minutes every couple of days right now!
- Get Excited! Your child is looking to YOU for cues about this new adventure. Most children are a little nervous. If you are excited and confident they will do great, chances are they will believe you.
- Create a Quick Drop Off Routine – Okay mama, I know this one is the hardest but I promise it is the most important! I recommend keeping goodbyes quick, less than 5 minutes. Long drawn out goodbyes are hard on everyone. You end up crying, your child ends up crying, even the teacher ends of crying! Preschool Teachers are literally the experts on redirecting kids; it’s in their job descriptions. And, we promise to call if there is any reason for concern.
- Keep Your Child Informed – Knowledge builds trust. Conversations like this help alleviate anxiety: “Tomorrow I will drop you off at Preschool before I go to work. You will get to play and learn with other kids. I will pick you up after rest time and you can tell me all about your day.”
- Keep Us Informed – Late bedtime, not eating well, stress at home, changes in schedules – keeping us informed about anything that may affect your child’s behavior helps us stay on top of our game, especially when your kiddo needs some extra TLC.
- Use This Phrase – “Tell me the 3 best things about your day.” This simple phrase helps you focus on the positive aspects of school. Who knows, they may even ask you about your day. And, who couldn’t use a little extra positivity?
- Introduce Yourself, Often – At the beginning of the school year, as hard as we try, sometimes we don’t remember or recognize everyone. We love getting to know our families and really appreciate friendly reminders.
- Ask Questions – We want you to feel as comfortable with our program as possible. If something is unclear we are just a phone call, email or quick conversation away.