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September 2, 2011

Preparing Your Child For School


I received these tips from Nancy Schulman, head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues: The World School, former longtime director of the renowned 92nd Street Y Nursery School, and co-author of several parenting books, to help ease separation anxiety and make the first day of school a positive experience. I wanted to share them with you because I thought some of you might find them helpful as well.

DO:
·         ESTABLISH GOOD BEDTIME AND MORNING ROUTINES
·         REVIEW TEACHERS NAMES AT HOME
·         READ BOOKS TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT BEGINNING SCHOOL
·         BE ON TIME FOR ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
·         TURN YOUR CELL PHONE OFF
·         CONVEY A POSTIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD SCHOOL—SMILE!
·         GREET TEACHERS IN A FRIENDLY MANNER
·         POINT OUT THEIR COAT HOOKS AND CUBBIES
·         TELL YOUR CHILD WHERE YOU WILL BE AND BE THERE
·         ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR CHILD’S FEELINGS (“I know it’s hard…you’ll be O.K”)
·         DURING ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL –FOCUS ON YOUR CHILD.  GIVE THEM EXTRA INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION AND QUIET PLAY TIME AT HOME AFTERWARDS
·         SAY A SHORT GOODBYE BUT DON’T WAIT FOR A RESPONSE
·         WAIT TO SOCIALIZE WITH OTHER PARENTS WHEN YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
·         COMMUNICATE ANY SPECIAL CONCERNS TO THE TEACHERS
·         BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR CHILDREN—THEY CAN DO THIS!
DON’T:

·         TALK ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN IN FRONT OF THEM
·         ASK YOUR CHILD’S PERMISSION TO LEAVE
·         BRING CAMERAS AND VIDEOS ON THE FIRST DAY-FOCUS ON THE MOMENT
·         HAVE MORE THAN ONE ADULT BRING YOUR CHILD
·         DON’T CARRY YOUR CHILD INTO SCHOOL
·         OVERSCHEDULE YOUR CHILD AFTER SCHOOL
·         FEEL GUILTY – YOU ARE GIVING THEM A GIFT!


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