If your child is about to start preschool, both of you may be excited. Here are some tips you can use to make the first day of preschool go well for both you and your child.
Plan for Delays
You might plan to have a great morning, but it is easy to fall behind when the morning of the first day arrives. To avoid being late and rushing around, get up a little earlier than you usually would. That way, you won't be late for school if there's a tantrum or your child spills something on their clothes.
Get to School Early
Instead of showing up a few minutes before school starts, strive to be the first to arrive. Your child will get more private time with the teacher, and they can get used to the classroom while it's still quiet.
Bring a Stuffed Animal
One way for your child to be more comfortable on their first day is to allow them to bring something familiar along. A small stuffed animal is great for this purpose, because your child will feel like they have a friend with them.
Be sure to check with the teacher that the stuffed animal is okay, however. You don't want your child to have a problem if the teacher asks them to keep their stuffed animal in their cubby all day.
You might be anxious about how the day will go, but be sure to put a brave face on for your child. When you are excited and happy to start the first day of school, your child will take the cue from you.
Keep Your Goodbye Short
You may stick around for a few minutes to make sure your child is okay, but when it's finally time for you to leave, be sure to keep your goodbye short and upbeat. Be sure you tell your child when to expect you; they may not be able to tell time, but they can understand that you'll be back after snacktime. Hug your child, tell them you love them and go.
This may be extremely hard for you to do, especially if your child starts crying or screaming. If that happens, ask the teacher or the assistant for help. They are experts at dealing with children, and they can help your goodbye to go more smoothly.
Use the information in this article to help prepare you and your child for the first day of preschool. Proper preparation will help both of you get off to a great start.