First Day of School Jitters
Daddy and I spent the weekend preparing Primrose for first day of school. We talked about what she would wear, laid her clothes out, her back pack is ready to go and the blanket she wants to have inside, for reassurance. Daddy asked her if she remembered what her new classroom looks like and who her teacher is? It was everything I could do to talk about what Monday morning would be like for her. I’ve been the one taking care of her since the moment she came home from the hospital, now I have to share her with her teachers at school and all the friends she will make.
Time has approached and you’ve picked out the perfect preschool for your child at Rosewood Academy. Today is the day little Primrose is to begin at Rosewood Academy. It seems like just yesterday she celebrated her first birthday and now she is three.
What WILL her typical day be like at school?
It’s great to expect a little nervousness from both the child and parents on a child’s first day of child care/school. If you step back and remember when you may have started your job and all you were expected to process in the first day, it makes it much easier to realize what your daughter might be feeling. She has a new environment to adjust to, new adults to learn to trust, little friends she has to share her space and toys with, a new napping environment, and maybe even new foods to try. All of this is outside of the security of what Primrose once knew as the plan or her daily schedule. Expect to meet some resistance and mood changes. She may appear more clingy and not so hungry. Her sleep may be interrupted at home as well. It would be like you standing on a stage to present a speech in front of a crowd of strangers. Your knees lock and your legs feel weak while your palms are sweaty. This is the same thing a little three year old goes through on their level.
I commend you for discussing the new school situation with her the weekend before she is to start. Children need the time and repetition in the thought processes, presented to them many times. Sometimes, you may have to find a different approach to present what is to change in their life if one way does not work. What works for one child may not work for another.
It’s great to go over the daily schedule with your child before school starts and then again once you’ve picked her up. Find things from throughout the day to correlate with Primrose to help with her transition, such as: “Did you have breakfast after I dropped you off today?” or “After you played at centers were you able to go outside before lunch?” Children do not need to wear a watch on the wrist to tell time, they relate a situation or time-frame to time.
We tell our new families, it usually takes a child two full weeks to adjust to a change. On the first day of school, the child leaves mom and dad’s arms fairly well because they anticipate fun. Come Wednesday, the child is thinking, “This is NOT fun! Mom and Dad always leave me and it seems to take way too long for them to pick up.” By Friday of the first week, Primrose will begin to understand, “Yes, mommy and daddy DO come back! I DO like this school. I like that my teachers are sweet and loving and teach me about our awesome world. I CAN handle this!” The same thing starts over again the following week, with the child becoming very sure of them selves by Friday of the second week. This transition time seems like a lifetime to parents as well because parents aren’t so sure anyone else can care for their baby the way they do. It’s all a normal reaction. Rest assured, it takes a village to raise a family! We love our job at Rosewood Academy and have a strong passion to make a difference in the eyes of the children.