Friday, August 14, 2009

Preschool Back to School Ideas - Letter to Parents

I know the summer is winding down but you are probably gearing up for a new school year about to begin. Lots of questions and requests come in for preschool back to school ideas, activities, tips, etc.

Whenever possible, I like to send home a letter to parents with tips I've picked up over the years about the first days of preschool.

Here are some of the key ones I want my preschool parents to know about the separation process.

1. The great thing about the first day of preschool is that there are many other parents in the room who are going through the same exact thing as you.
2. As parents you can work together as a team; it becomes that much easier and that much more fun. (See tip #4 below for an example of this teamwork.)
3. They can point out a child that their preschooler may know from another activity or the neighborhood.
4. If they don't know anyone, help them to meet their first friend. For example, "Hello, this is Steve. Can we sit here with you?" They could also complement the other child on something he brought or is wearing. This child's parent will probably pick up on the introduction and join in as well.
5. When it is time to leave, don't take your preschooler out of the room. The teacher or assistant will be there to help.
6. Even if it appears tempting, DO NOT SNEAK out while your child is busy with something else.
7. Don't ask your child permission to leave or offer a bribe to stay there. This sets up a very difficult situation for you and your child.

8. Last and equally important, thank the parent for entrusting you with their child. Acknowledge that you know how difficult this can be for them as well with many mixed feelings. Reassure them that you are there to help their child learn, grow and make friends and that you are working together with them to provide the best possible experience you can.

If you like these preschool back to school ideas, come back over the next couple of weeks for more ideas to come.

You'll love the other ideas in the Preschool Planner as well.

Check them out:

Enjoy and remember to send in any ideas you wish to share and I will post them here.


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