to School: Tips and Tries for Preschoolers
By Ossining Children's Center
August - the time of year when our attention turns from summer fun
activities to preparing children to enter school for the first time,
or return to a new level.
Childrens Center, the not-for-profit early education center
in Ossining, NY, would like to make the transition easier for parents
and children and offers tips and tries to make Septembers
entry to preschool as painless and exciting as possible.
TIMERS-3 Tips for preparing your child for preschool:
talking about the new pre-school/day care center in August. Talk
about what the child can expect including teachers, other children,
the child to visit the center and meet the teachers
practice runs to the school if possible 2 weeks before
the first day to get the child accustomed to the new schedule and
familiar with the school itself
possible, make a play date with another youngster entering the school
a book about school at the local library and read it to your child.
TO PACK - 5 Items to include in your childs backpack:
Especially for first-time children, pack a picture of yourself with
A full change of clothes
Any medical information the school may need including pediatricians
phone number and medical issues the child has
A plastic, waterproof folder for teachers to send notes and information
Transitional object, i.e. a favorite stuffed toy or blanket
NOT TO PACK Items that could cause problems:
Candy, gum, soda, food
TO MAKE THE TRANSITION WITH YOUR CHILD:
Plan to spend part of the first morning with your child, or nearby.
Tears are normal and common for both child and parent. For some
children, the transition is made easier if it is gradual. Each child
is different, though. Talk with the staff about separation issues.
On the other hand, dont stay too long. Often a childs
crying stops shortly after the parent leaves. Let the staff be your
guide on this they have helped many children and parents
through separation anxiety.
Talk to your child about their teachers and new friends. Ask questions
to determine if they are adjusting.
If your child has concerns about a teacher or another child be sure
to let the school know as soon as possible.
When possible, begin to make play-dates for older pre-schoolers
is a highly charged time for all children and parents and there
are bound to be moments of tears and frustration for everyone. As
much time as you can devote to gradually starting your new schedule
and familiarizing both your child and yourself with all of the new
adjustments that will have to be made will be time well spent.
the most important thing is to assure your child that pre-school
and learning are exciting and fun. Stay in communication by asking
questions about their day, their activities and the new things they
Ossining Childrens Center has provided early education and
childcare to the Northern Westchester community for over 100 years.
The not-for-profit Center helps infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers
and school-age children to flourish in one of the Countys
highest quality childcare and educational enrichment centers. In
addition to caring for the child, the Ossining Childrens Center
is committed to supporting working parents who are working to improve
their lives, by giving them the assurance that their children are
being cared for by a talented and highly trained staff. They also
emphasize the important role parents play as their childs
first and most influential teacher.
information about the Ossining Childrens Center call (914)