The first days can be an anxious time for some kids…and parents too. This is true even if you have already met the teacher. Children walk into a room with new kids, and new grown ups, and new “stuff.” Maybe mom looks a little teary because her baby is growing up so fast, or dad is feeling tense because he’s late for work. It’s no wonder some kids might suddenly cling to their parent and cry! Here are some tips for getting through the first few days:
1. Make sure to leave your child. For the first two weeks, it is important for me to build a rapport with your child. He/she needs to know that they can trust me and to do that, he/she needs to be left in my care without you. Once your child is acclimated, I will be very excited to have parent helpers participating in my classroom.
NOTE: I would like to take this time to formally invite all parents to stay for a few minutes on the first day. After signing in your child, please lead them over to the tables and help them find their name. Then feel free to take a quick peek around the room while they work on an activity I have set out for them.
2. Try to act confident about the experience. If you seem anxious or unsure about leaving your child, he/she will notice and start wondering if there really is something to worry about!
3. Be consistent with good-byes. I will greet your child, and you can give kisses and say good-bye. I promise to welcome your child and help ease him/her into the classroom. Although tempting, trying to “sneak out” when the child is busy or not looking sometimes causes them to panic a few minutes later, and may make separation even more difficult the next day.
4. Arrive on time! I will be opening the classroom door at 7:50 AM. This will allow your child to enter with their friends and get settled into activities before class starts at 8:00.
5. Separation problems sometimes show up on the 2nd or 3rd day. It is common for some children to have difficulty when there are major changes in the home. Please let me know if there is anything happening at your home during these first few days.
I am a parent myself and do understand how hard this can be. I know that you are entrusting me with a very precious gift, and I feel honored and privileged to be your child’s first teacher.
I am SO excited about this great upcoming year! Ms. Tymi
PS. In the future I will be communicating with you all by email…except for amazing announcements and fun photos.