How to Ease Your Preschooler Into Attending Class

Preschooler Into Attending Class

How to Ease Your Preschooler Into Attending Class

The first few days and weeks of your preschool child attending class can be tough for both of you. Your little one is suddenly thrust into a new environment with new people and new rules, and it can be hard for them to adjust. At the same time, you as a parent are dealing with the emotional turmoil of saying goodbye to your child every day and entrusting their care to someone else.

At Lit’l Scholars Learning Centers, an innovative preschool in Salt Lake City, we understand that it’s normal to feel overwhelmed when your child starts to attend preschool classes. But there are things you can do to ease the transition for both you and your child. In the previous blog, Child Preschool Prep: Visit, Explanation, Listening we discussed things you can do before your child enters the classroom. This final blog of the two-part series will cover themes for the first few days and weeks your child starts to attend class.

Be Organized

The first day of preschool is an exciting time for both children and parents. However, it can also be a bit chaotic. To help ensure that everything goes smoothly, it’s important to be as organized as possible. Make sure you have all the clothing and footwear your child will need, and label everything clearly. Backpacks should be packed with any forms that need to be turned in to the school, along with a few healthy snacks and lunch items.

By taking care of these details in advance, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the first day of preschool.

Stick Around

Starting preschool is a big step for any child. It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive on the first day, but there are some things you can do to help your child adjust. First, plan to stay for 15-20 minutes when you drop off your child. This will give them a chance to get settled in and get an idea of what the day will be like.

Point out the different activities they’ll be doing, and help them meet a few other children. When it’s time to go, offer a hug and tell them you’ll be back soon. Having a positive, matter-of-fact attitude will help your child feel more comfortable about being in school.

Stay Involved

It’s a big milestone when your child starts attending school without you. If they’ve been in an early childhood program or toddler program, they may still be anxious about being in a new classroom with new teachers. And that’s okay. Children develop independence at different rates, so it’s important to find the right balance for your child. If they’re struggling with saying goodbye to you, talk to their teacher. They have a lot of experience with this and can help develop a plan.

Always tell your child when you’re leaving, rather than sneaking out, and be prompt for pick-up at the end of the day. This way, you can stay involved in your child’s development and help them feel comfortable and confident as they grow.

As an experienced preschool in Salt Lake City, we know that your child is adjusting to life in the big world. And we want them to feel confident about their first days of school. For more information on how Lit’l Scholars Learning Center can help prepare for this important milestone contact us today!

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