Wednesday, August 12, 2015

4-year-old me + 4 transitioning tips!

(that’s me, bottom right)
 
I cried.  And cried.  
Through tear stained eyes and jerky, hiccuping, snot-filled cries, I begged my mom to stay.  
 
My first day of preschool wasn’t easy.
It wasn’t for my sister either.  
 
With 15 months between us, I was the first to go to school.
 
Rocking back and forth in a fetal position on the front porch she sobbed as my mom and I drove away from the house.  
 
It’s not easy for most preschoolers.
Once in the classroom, to help comfort me, my mom put her watch on my wrist.
 
“When the big hand gets here, I’ll be back to pick you up.”
 
I was instantly at ease.
 
But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
That watch was magical!
 
So simple yet so effective.
 
Check out these 4 tips for a successful transition into preschool provided by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Babies.
 
Read books about preschool.
Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling.  My all time favorite?  The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (video).  Check out our Pinterest page for more book suggestions.
 
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool.  
Take turns being the parent, child & teacher.  Act out common daily routines, such as saying goodbye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps.  
 
My suggestion?  Include siblings in this one (my sister would have appreciated it)!
 
Make a game out of practicing self-help skills
like: unzipping & hanging their coat on a hook, putting on their backpack, fastening shoes and sitting “criss-cross applesauce”.  
 
Play at the new preschool.  
Tour the school and play on the playground a few times.  Be sure to meet the teacher!
 
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers
 
PS. This week we’re holding a book drive for our Little Free Library.  PLEASE help us keep our little library stocked with books!  For PARENTS of Preschool Readers students, tutors will be able to PICK UP any books you want to donate when they come to your home to work with your child.
 
For those NOT in our reading program please DROP OFF any books you would like to donate at our Little Free Library located in South Tampa at Kate Jackson Park.

PPS.  Save The Date: Saturday August 29th.  Our Little Free Library Back 2 School Happy Hour Event will be held from 10:30-11:30 at Kate Jackson Park!  Bring a book and receive an ice pop AND a goodie bag filled with FUN back to school stuff!

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