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Great Beginnings


Ready For Preschool!

Your child will be coming to preschool soon.  This may even be their first time away from home on a regular basis.  You can make your child feel more comfortable (and you will feel better, too) by trying some of these tips to prepare them for the transition to school.

  • Visit the school before your child begins classes.  At the Scott County Preschool Center we require parents to attend orientation before attending school.  We encourage you to bring your child to this meeting so they can meet their teacher and get familiar with the classroom and building.
  • Post a picture of your child's teachers on the refrigerator at home the week before classes begin so they will become more familiar with the faces.
  • Practice spending time away from your child such as getting a baby-sitter for an hour or two while you go to the store.  The sitter should be someone they don't regularly spend time with.
  • Capture a scent (perfume, lotion, etc.) that is familiar to your child in a zip-lock bag to keep in their backpack.  Choose a scent that they associate with you to comfort them when they feel homesick.
  • Play school!  Line up some of their stuffed animals in a single file line to explain to them how to walk in a line to get around the building with their classmates.  Arrange stuffed animals on the floor in a semi-circle to role-play Circle Time where they would be expected to sit quietly while the teacher reads a story to the class.  These types of activities will help your child know what to expect when they go to school.
Source: Scholastic Parent & Child, September 2011, pg. 96
  Tell The Teacher. . .
  1. If your child has any large group setting experience (such as attending other kinds of classes).
  2. About recent family changes (such as new siblings or loss of a pet or family member).
  3. Your child's interests and fears.
  4. Any concerns you may have about your child's development.
********************************************* Source: Sheila Warchocki, Preschool Educator at Edukids Early Childhood Center in West Seneca, NY

Scholastic Parent & Child, September 2011, pg. 96


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