The first day of school is a big deal whether you are in kindergarten or even in college. But when you’re enrolling your child in preschool for the first time, the experience is completely new. Here are some tips to help your child’s first day of preschool go smoothly.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
This is important for adults but more so for children who are headed for a busy and exciting day in the morning. Showing up for class grumpy is no way to start the year. Prepare for an early night so your little one will have plenty of energy in the morning.
Start The Morning Right
Running around making last minute preparations in the morning adds unnecessary stress to your day. If your child sees you stressed, they will most likely be stressed as well. Plan out your preschool morning routine ahead of time to keep things moving along – don’t forget a healthy breakfast!
Give it Time
The first time you drop your child off, there might be some apprehension while your child adjusts to being away from your side. Resist the urge to whisk them out of the classroom; instead, give your child the chance to work through their problems on their own. It’s also important to keep going to school everyday to help establish a routine for your child. If your child is fearful of being left alone, try introducing them to the teacher or a classmate to distract them.
Avoid Long Goodbyes
Remember to keep your goodbyes short and sweet all the while holding back any tears and braving a smile so that your child knows it will be okay. Sneaking off is not a good idea because your child may panic after suddenly losing you. As long as you reassure them that you will be back to pick them up, they should be able to ease into their new surroundings.
Avoid Showing Up Unexpectedly
As we mentioned above, your child needs a chance to develop problem solving skills on their own. If you constantly show up to surprise or check up on your child, you may be inadvertently encouraging your child to become dependent on your presence at school.
Ask Them How Their Day Was
When you pick your child up from school, try using a toddler conversation starter to get an idea of how their day went. Engaging in a conversation helps your child stay enthusiastic about school, while giving you an opportunity to identify any areas you may want to address with your child’s teacher.
At CornerStone Christian Academy and Tykes Preschool, we want your child’s first day (and every day!) to be a fun, new experience. Our NAEYC certified staff are passionate about creating meaningful relationships and learning opportunities. If you would like a tour of our school or have any questions about our preschool program contact us at 702-939-5050.