Preparing Your Child for the First Day of School at Woodcrest Preschool
For many, A child’s academic journey is filled with excitement and wonder, yet a child’s first day of school is often overwhelming for both parents/guardians and students alike. There are new friends and faces, a new routine, and an educational system in place that many students have not yet been introduced to. There are many tips and suggestions that parents/guardians can incorporate to prepare your child for their first day of preschool. We at Woodcrest know a thing or two about how to make first days easier and would love to share a few tips that we have found to work best.
Prior to your child’s first day, begin a discussion about what awaits them at Woodcrest Preschool. There are numerous picture books that can help illustrate a typical day at preschool introducing basic tasks and challenges that your child may encounter. The “Scholastic Store” recommends Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins, Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney, What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff, and others as valuable literary resources. The preschool routines and rules found in these stories can be mimicked at home a week or so prior to school starting. By doing so, your child already has an introduction to a typical day and has realistic goals and expectations in place.
Additionally, pretend play can enhance and emphasize these goals and expectations. For example, at home you can “play school” or encourage your child to “be the teacher” to lessen stress and anxiety. A visit to Woodcrest Preschool beforehand is also important, and creates a sense of familiarity the next time they walk the hallways. Any feelings that your child is experiencing at this time should be validated and acknowledged so they feel they have your full support when embarking on this new adventure.
Parents/guardians must be mindful that the first day of school may be difficult. In order to ease some of the first day jitters, it is highly recommended that you bring a lovey, comfort item for your child to hold, along with a nurturing, yet quick exit strategy so as to not prolong or reinforce anxiety. The most advisable plan is to give a kiss, hug, say goodbye, and offer a wave as you leave the classroom. They will feel supported and loved, and will not be devastated or confused by too abrupt of an exit. We hope these tips and suggestions help your child’s first day go smoothly, and promote a love of learning for years to come.
We are excited to welcome you to the Woodcrest Preschool family. Please know that we are your partner and a resource to help you with anything you may need as you navigate some of these exciting new experiences.