If you have children who are heading to preschool, this is the time to make sure that you prepare them for the best first day ever. If you haven’t yet been to preschool, this article will help you learn what to expect and how to prepare your child for their first day.
Preparation Tips for Your Child and Yourself
1. Wake Them Up Early
If you have children that like to sleep in, you will want to get them up early. If they sleep in, they will be less likely to show up on time.
Arriving late on their first day won’t make a good impression. It’s also more likely that you’ll feel frustrated when having to hurry them to school in the morning.
2. Make a Plan
This is an important step. It is helpful to have a plan for your child’s first day of preschool.
For example, do you want them to have a new outfit, do you want to make them breakfast, and what are you going to do with them while they are at school?
3. Bring Supplies
Supplies can be as simple as a new backpack and a book, or as complex as school supplies. This can be difficult if your child is picky about what they like to eat and if they prefer snack foods over healthy food.
It is also helpful to have a checklist of supplies that will help you organize the items you need to bring with you.
4. Provide Them with an Idea of What to Expect During the Day
It is helpful to know what your child will do in their classroom. For example, if they have games that they like doing at home, then see if they can do that in school as well.
It will help the transition between spending time at home and at school.
You may also want to see if there are activities they can take part in or play with other children in their class. It is also helpful to know what you will need to bring them back home, such as snacks and clothing items.
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6. Have Something Fun Ready for Them When They Arrive Home
If you are bringing them back home right away, it can be difficult for them to come down from their excitement over seeing their friends or teachers again.
It is helpful if you have something fun ready for them when they arrive home, such as a favorite toy or candy bar that they enjoy having.
7. Be Prepared for the Worst
Sometimes children get sick on the first day of school. It is important to be prepared for this possibility and to have a plan in place if it happens.
This may include calling your child’s teacher and asking them if they will allow your child to go home early.
8. Plan Your Work Day Around Your Child’s Schedule
This is important so that you do not have an extra load of work at home while your child arrives from school.
You may also want to plan around the time that you will need to be at work so that you do not have to take your child home and then rush back to work.
9. Be Patient with Them
Children may be excited and feel good about their first day of school, but this does not mean that they are ready for preschool in all areas. Children may still adjust to being away from home and to their new friends at school.
You need to allow them some time to adjust and feel comfortable in their new environment before making demands on them.
This will help keep you from becoming frustrated with them during the first few days of school, as well as helping your child adjust better at home over the next few weeks.
10. Set Up Online Communications with Their Teachers
It is helpful to have an online communications system set up with your child’s preschool teacher. This will allow you to see what they are doing and make sure that they are getting the help that they need if you are not there.
It can also be helpful for you to see what other parents are doing regarding their children’s first day of school.
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11. Talk With Your Child About What They Will Be Learning
Children need to understand what they will learn in school so that they do not become frustrated or overwhelmed. If they ask for books, give it to them.
It is also helpful to have them understand what we will expect them to do in school so that they can make a plan of what they will need to accomplish.
12. Talk With Your Child About School Rules and Expectations
Children need to understand the rules and expectations that they will have at school. For example, you may want them to keep their cell phones away from other students.
It is also helpful if you know the rules that are in place for behaviors such as talking back or being rude.
13. Discuss Discipline Guidelines with Your Child’s Teacher
Your child’s teacher needs to know what discipline techniques you would like used if your child does not listen or does not follow directions.
This can help them know how best to discipline your child if needed so that you do not have to make a trip home from work in the middle of the day.
It can also help your child learn better behaviors so that they are more likely to listen and follow directions at home and at school.
It’s Always Good to Prepare More Than Less
In conclusion, it is important to have a plan for your child’s first day of school. This will help you make sure that they are ready for the day and will help them feel more comfortable in their new environment.
It is also helpful to have some supplies ready so that you do not have to rush home from work or take your child home if they need a snack or need something to wear home.
It is helpful to discuss discipline guidelines with your child’s teacher so that they will be able to discipline your child if necessary.
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