What can you do to help your child have a great first week in kindergarten or preschool? Here are a few suggestions from a teacher (me):
1. Be sure that your child wears clothes that are easy for him/her to manage in the restroom. Those button and zipper jeans may be adorable, but often a shy "first day of schooler" will have an accident before asking an unfamiliar adult for help....
2. While we are on the subject of restrooms.... have your child practice latching and unlatching the lock in a bathroom stall if this is something he/she will encounter in the school restroom. Please work on independence in any other hygiene skills as well :)
3. Moving on to lunch...If you are packing your child's lunch, please make everything very easy for your child to open independently. Your child will be more comfortable and have more time to eat if he/she doesn't have to wait for an adult to come open that cute plastic box with the complicated latch. Oh and have you ever tried to open a Thermos that was filled with steaming hot food in the morning? Some kind of super-seal forms and only the gym coach is able to twist that container open by lunchtime! Also, if your child will need a spoon, etc. to eat what you packed, please include it.
4. If you are sending a water bottle... PLEASE look for one with a no spill top. It is heart breaking to watch two or three students' lunches get flooded by one tipped over water bottle. There is also some kind of scientific rule that young children freeze when it happens and watch the water continue to spill...
5. Morning good-byes...Please make them quick! If you need to shed a few first day of school tears, please don't upset your child by doing it in the classroom or as you walk out the door.... If it is your child who is upset, let the teacher bring your child to an engaging activity and then make your good-bye a quick one.
6. If there is something that you really need the teacher to know, please write a note or send an email. Teachers are focused on welcoming each student as he/she enters the classroom and verbal messages may be unintentionally forgotten.
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
A Great Start in Kindergarten or Preschool
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