When children start going to preschool, as parents you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions, probably be excited about all the fun you hope your child will have and the new friends he’ll make. At the same time, you may feel a little sad that your child is venturing out into the big world without you. These emotions are normal. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar.
Visit the preschool
Many preschools offer orientation visits. During these visits, the child can see and experience what he will do at preschool and what happens during the preschool day. With permission, you could take some photos of the preschool to show your child before he starts. Some preschools have a preparation or orientation book that you can take home with you.
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Helping Your Child to Have a Great First Day of Preschool
The first day of preschool has arrived, and it’s time for your child to begin an educational journey. How can you make this monumental first day a great one?
Get Ready to Say Goodbye on the First Day of Preschool
Saying goodbye to mom and dad, particularly if it’s the first time out of the house alone, can be difficult for many preschoolers. The key is to make sure you are ready for your child to go to preschool.
Managing the Tears
First, be prepared for some tears. It’s a scenario played out at preschools everywhere. A child, screaming, holding refusing to even look at the classroom, much less walk into it alone. Relax. It’s normal. Kids at this age thrive on familiarity, so when they are placed in a new situation, it’s common if they panic a little bit.
Getting Your Child Settled In
The great thing about the first day of preschool is that there are a whole bunch of parents in the room that are going through the same exact thing as you. If you work together as a team, it becomes that much easier and also much more fun.