How do you prepare yourself your your child going to Preschool for the first time ?

Lauren - posted on 10/09/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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How do you prepare yourself your your child going to Preschool for the first time ?

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Priscilla - posted on 10/09/2011

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If you have attachment issues like I do, then it helped me that I actually volunteered in her preschool classroom the school year before she entered preschool. I got to see how the teacher interacted with the children, how clean the classroom and materials were (and I really did look at the books, blocks, and everything to see if they appeared cleaned which lets me know if the teacher cares), and I got to see how the children in her present class were resonding to her. When I enrolled my daughter, I specially requested the room I volunteered in, because I felt comfortable wit that teacher and room. It gives you an insight just seeing how the teacher sets up the classroom and you can tell if art is important to them by what they display around the room. When children are in preschool I think the most important things are play and art. They learn the most through play. Art is connected to so many aspects of our everyday life, that I would not be okay with a teacher that dislikes art or displaying art. During the summer, we walked up to the school and we talked about it being her new school, pointed out the classroom, and I think that helped prepare her as well. My daughter was more ready for preschool than I was! Her preschool had mandatory montlhy volunteering so I think that helps you see how your chld is adapting to preschool. I also started her with a half day preschool. I think that was for both of us really. I wasn't ready to see her gone half the day. I think that half day schedule really helped her transition to full day kindergarten.

If you want to prepare your child, work on thier name, numbers 1-10, shapes, and read to your child daily. My child is used to her bedtime stories. I try to add in extra stories throughout the day, but if its a busy day, then she looks forward to her bedtime stories for sure! Talk to him or her about the stories afterwards also.

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Lauren - posted on 10/09/2011

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I know i will cry, but it will be a good cry because he needs his learning and social interaction.

Priscilla - posted on 10/09/2011

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Me too! I actually cried when I dropped my daughter off! I'm sure your child will learn a lot and enjoy it.

Lauren - posted on 10/09/2011

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Priscilla - My son is enrolled in preschool already. i didn't volunteer, but I did spend sometime in the class room observing how the classroom look and what the teacher says and does. I also spend time time with the director of the center. That goes to show me what kind of center she run. i just hope my son learns from the this center or it will be a wast of time. I've been with him since I was pregnent and haven't had him with anyone else, put with family. It will be hard to leave him with strangers. We will see how well he does with me leaving. Thanks for the words of help.

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