First Day of Preschool

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by Nicole on March 31, 2011 · 2 comments

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The first day of preschool is always exciting and somewhat frightening for both mom and child. Since you have likely worked throughout your child’s toddler years, since you are the only wage earner, you may not face the issue of strong separation anxiety, yet there are some transitions that will challenge your child, especially if they were in aParenting Help - Childcare" href="/raising-children/childcare/"> home daycare setting before, and you can help them prepare if you plan ahead.

First, brace yourself for some crying, even if your child normally doesn’t cry when he goes to daycare. Sometimes he will cry because he sees other kids crying, or sometimes he will cry just because he is not familiar with the location. This is normal and not a problem.

If you can, take your child on a tour of the preschool before the big day arrives. If she can see the room, find her cubby, and get familiar with the teacher’s face a little bit, she will be less frightened.

When the time comes to leave after drop off, leave. The teacher is used to the tears and hysterics that happen on the first day. Parenting Help - Behavior" href="/raising-children/behavior/">You can make them worse by staying. Chances are your child will calm down as soon as you are out of sight. If the problem is large, the school will call. Assure your child that you love him, will return at a certain time, and then leave.

Remember, the first day of preschool can be traumatic, but it will soon be over. Your little one will quickly adapt to the new environment and embrace it with the same go-to spirit she currently has for your current daycare or babysitter. And, in the process, she will learn valuable social and academic skills to carry her through her school years.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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Rebecca March 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

My 3.5yr old Son’s first day of preschool is Monday. He has been in a in-home daycare/babysitter for almost 2 years now. I’ve been telling him that he starts a new school Monday, and that we will go visit tomorrow and he seems excited. I think I’m more nervous/scared than he is… I hope it is a smooth transition.


Angie April 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Let your child know that preschool will be a lot of fun. They will make new friends and be able to have stories read, and do crafts and maybe cook. Chalk it all up and make it seem like a huge deal. This way the child will be really excited for it.


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