Remember – Your Child is a Preschooler
Don’t put inappropriate expectations on your child. Preschool is a wonderful place to learn. There are so MANY different and fun ways to learn! There are standards we use to build our curriculum for a reason. We understand the “paths” a child’s learning MUST take, not only for effectiveness, but to keep the love of learning intact for the child. So often we see parents push their children to be better, smarter, more advanced than the other children, and the fun gets pushed to the side. Let your child be a child.
The Home-to-School Connection
Please let us know if anything is happening at home. While it could be uncomfortable for you to potentially share if anything major is happening at home (sickness, pregnancy, death, divorce, etc…), it helps us to help your child, not only in possible behavior issues, but to help cope with emotions your child doesn’t know how to handle. There are also the little things that helps us to help your child have a good day. Did she have nightmares last night? Did he eat breakfast? Is a family member visiting or gone on vacation?
Help Your Preschool Teacher
If your teacher has a “need,” help her. Newsflash: we don’t make a lot of money – especially as preschool teachers. Yet, we tend to spend the most out of our own pockets. The things we do are fun, exciting…and costly. If we ask for donations, please help us out! We’re typically buying for 15-20 children, all school year. The costs add up FAST.
Teaching is a Family Event
Teaching is not a one way street. It’s a family event. Basically, what starts in the classroom shouldn’t end In the classroom. If you are having effective communication with your teacher, you know what your child is learning. Expand upon that at home. Learning the color red at school? Go out on a color walk at home…count how many red things you see. Learning about the letter “B”? Go through old picture albums, find all the people that begin with “B”…and get a great family lesson in, too! Your child got in “trouble” today for hitting a friend? Talk about it at home, too. Your child knows it’s not OK in school, he needs to hear it from his parent, too – and why it’s not acceptable to you.
Make Preschool Fun
There you have it. If you try to employ these few steps, both you and your child’s first school experience should be a little smoother. Good luck, and just remember the most important thing about preschool is to… HAVE FUN LEARNING!
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