Gear up for the first day to Pre School

My Kid gearing up for his first day @ preschool on 18 SEP 2012.

He is joining SARA NURSERY in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Few tips I learned and would like to share with fresh parents to prepare kids for his first day to Pre School, it helps a lot

Purchase a backpack, Tiffin box, water bottle and shoes together with your child. If possible, let your child choose it himself. This gives him a sense of control and emphasizes the fact that he is a “big kid” starting preschool.

Label all items—backpack, jacket, shoes, blanket, teddy bear, etc.—with your child’s name

Pump up his excitement to join the school and many of his new friends to meet, tell him about the toys he would love to see there, make him proud of going to school happily with his new bag, bottle and Tiffin (which will have his favorite cookie inside), uniforms, shoes and everything & anything positive will work well.

Make a game out of practicing self-help skills, For example, you might want to have a “race” with your child to see how quickly he can put on his shoes. Zip and Un Zip his bag, open the Tiffin etc

Answer any last-minute questions from your child.

On his first day, make breakfast for your child early and, if possible, sit down to eat together and you get ready together.

By all means find a short time for prayers & blessings

Don’t rush through the morning. Never ever hurry your child on any day to school, especially the first day.

Arrive @ school fashionably early. So your little one can slowly settle in before the real action starts. He’ll also get more face time with the teacher too, better early than mess once all kids are in.

Send along his/her favorite toy. If the preschool allows it, let your child bring along his favorite stuffed animal (or blanket, or whatever object does the trick) so the new setting doesn’t feel so strange. Am not that much considering this an important tip as it would keep your kid secluded to his world. I let him go and explore the new environment himself.

Always try to Put on a happy face. Yeh, on you I insist. Especially moms find it very emotional and your kid will pick it up quick.

Hang around, but don’t hover. Many preschools let (or even encourage that) parents stay in the classroom for all or part of the first few days, so if you can swing it, stick around. Knowing that you’re within clinging distance will give your kid the courage to explore his new digs. Then, as your child feels more secure, gradually melt into the background. Your goal is to let the teacher take over so you can get on with your day.

Most importantly Keep good-byes short and sweet. Give your new preschooler a hug, and let him know when you’ll be back (“I’ll pick you up after lunch”). Then head out, And no matter how tempting, never sneak out when your preschooler is looking the other way. It’ll make him feel insecure and less trusting.

Just remember, it’s normal for kids to have a meltdown when it’s time to separate (though many don’t). He’ll be fine five minutes after you walk out the door. If it’s taking a while for your little one to adjust, don’t panic — preschool teachers (and their assistants) have seen it all and they know just what to do, so ask his teacher for help. Just don’t be surprised if your child’s too happy to say hello to you (or talk about his day) once preschool pick up rolls around!

Finally believe in your kid, he is your kid with unlimited capacity and determination. Let them take it their own way.


3 thoughts on “Gear up for the first day to Pre School

  1. Henry, a brilliant post indeed… packed with priceless tips, worth a read, and I feel personally useful. Well written and such a cute photograph!

    Heiden is indeed a blessed boy!

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