She grasped her Mom’s leg hard…white knuckles and big brown eyes suddenly the size of walnuts. Mom looked down at her baby as her stomach lurched. That very challenging, even dreaded separation anxiety was rearing its head again. Tears welled up in both sets of eyes. Mom knew this first day of preschool would be so hard in so many ways. Yet she knew it was the best thing for her little “Sweet Pea.” She was right.
Transition. Change. It’s not easy. It’s not easy when you are a grown up and it is certainly not easy when you are 3. But transition and change are exactly what coming to preschool is all about. Preschool provides the healthy and loving bridge from toddler hood to Kindergarten readiness. And this preschool transition is absolutely necessary for helping toddlers learn that life can be safe and loving – even when Mommy and Daddy are not there. This preschool transition can help them learn in so many ways, that they can be independent, go potty by themselves, and that they can get through a day when they might feel a little sad. Perhaps it’s a hug from a teacher or sitting in a quiet place with a book. Because at preschool, especially at St. Andrew’s Preschool, children will always know that they are loved, nurtured, safe and cared for – just like at home. That’s because they are under God’s care - and they are loved and cared for by teachers who care just like Mom and Dad.
When our children are at our preschool, they begin to learn that there are daily routines and expectations that we ask our “sweet peas” to follow. There are certain classroom structures and academic standards that we help each child meet individually, as we know they will be expected to know these things by Kindergarten. Everything we do is taught through love, play and socialization - and everything is fun. But it can still be hard for some children to adapt - especially the first few weeks or months. We have found that when families can help prepare their children before they enter preschool, the transition can be far less challenging for both the preschooler and the parents.
So what is the best way to prepare your child for this comfort bridge into preschool?
These are just a few simple tips to help create a comfort bridge for your child as they prepare for the adventure and fun of preschool. Most importantly, as you begin to prepare, emotionally and physically, be positive. Always reassure your child, (and yourself) that at St. Andrew’s Preschool, each and every lesson learned will be done with love, kindness, safety and fun. And that’s a promise!!
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