When we were researching preschools the word that kept on cropping up in conversations with parents and educators alike was "transition." Whether it was in the context of a "parent and tot" transition program or the preparation of special materials and objects to ease the child's entry into the classroom for a drop-off program, we encountered a range of strategies to make this big change easier for everyone involved.
Many of the programs that we checked out coordinate visits before the first day of school; in some cases the child visits the classroom for a one-on-one introduction to the teachers, while others schedule home visits from the teachers. We saw several classrooms where children are invited to decorate a special box and fill it with meaningful items that remind them of home, like family photos or a well-loved toy. We also received a list of recommended books, including The Kissing Hand and Maisy Goes To Preschool. This week we will devote some time to making and gathering a few special things to send to school along with our little one. We think that a custom board book will fit the bill perfectly and look forward to the project.
How are you preparing your child for school? Parents who have already been through the process, what do you recommend and what might you do differently?
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