Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The First Day

Preparing your child for the first day of preschool is a very important task. When children are prepared to start school the transition tends to be a smooth one. Here are some tips to help prepare your child for the first day:

Begin talking about school with your child and explain to them how fun and exciting it is going to be.

Attend the orientation on September 2nd

While at the orientation learn about what your child's daily routine will be. This will help you talk about the fun things they will learn.

When attending the orientation bring a digital camera and take pictures of the classroom and teachers.

Take pictures of other important things in the building such as the bathroom, playground and where you will drop and pick up your child.

Print the pictures and put them together to make a book that you can read each night before school begins. (Make the book with your child and let them decorate the pages)

The weekend before school begins bring your child to the school playground. Spend some time becoming familiar with the outside of the building.

Begin getting your child back into a routine. Start going to bed earlier and wake your child up at the time they will need to rise for school. It will be important to continue this routine on the weekend as well

Upon waking up have your child get dressed as soon as they get out of bed and have their breakfast. Just as they would if they were going to school

When you drop your child off on the first day remind them off all the fun things they are going to do at school.

Expect tears on the first day (sometimes the first week) this is all normal. Even if your child is crying stay positive and remind them off all the fun they are going to have.

If your child is having a hard time it is best to leave as quickly as possible. Please remember that the staff is trained to deal with crying students that may be struggling with the transition. We promise to take good care of them.

If you are concerned about your child call the office and check in (781-270-1808) We will be more than happy to check on them and give you an update. Crying tends to stop as soon as the children are settled in the classroom.

Please remember that the transition to school is a process.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Getting Started

I can hardly believe that the summer is just about over and it's almost time to start the school year. The custodial staff has done a wonderful job getting the preschool ready and it looks fantastic. The floors have been waxed, the walls have been painted and new playground mulch has been delivered.

I just want to take a minute to go over a few things:
In July packets were mailed out to all families with all of the beginning of the school year paperwork. Please make sure you complete all of the forms. It will be very important that we have all medical and emergency contact information for the first day of school.

The preschool open house will be held on Thursday September 2nd. The open house is for you and your child to meet their teacher's and spend some time in the classroom. We have found that the open house is a great opportunity to get rid of some of the first day of school jitters, for parents and students. Please return all paperwork when you visit.

Parking will be tight on September 2nd (day of the open house) with everyone coming at the same time. Please don't park in the fire lane in the front of the building. There is plenty of parking as you round the corner by the gym. Please park down by the gym and walk up the hill.

If you have any concerns or questions about paperwork please call me, I will be in the office the rest of the week. 781-273-7632.

I'm looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year of learning. I can't wait to see everyone on the Thursday September 2nd.