Welcome Back From Mrs. Hadley!

Welcome, Welcome, I’m glad you’re here

We’re going to have a wonderful year!

We’ll draw and we’ll write

we’ll sing and we’ll play

and we’ll learn new things

each and everyday!

There’s lots to learn

and fun things to do

It should be awesome

for a special kid

like “You”!

Welcome to CHUP Preschool!

It is time to start preschool and I am so excited to be teaching the three year old class.  We are going to have a great time together!

We will sing songs, read stories, make creative art projects, play, and learn so many wonderful things.  We will meet new friends and learn how to share and play together.

Our classroom is all set up with fun exciting things to explore.  This year promises to be one filled with discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe, and encouraging.  We are excited to introduce in the Creative Room a new beautiful light table.

School is an exciting place to be, but it can also be challenging and scary for some children.  Some children may have difficulty separating from parents and be unsure of their new surroundings. This article by Lisa Medoff entitled “The First Day of School: Dealing with Separation Anxiety” can add some insight on how to cope with these situations.

Separation anxiety is a very common problem for preschool children, especially during the first few weeks of school.  You may also see some separation anxiety in children after an illness, a vacation, or even a long weekend, where they have become accustomed to being at home for a long period of time.
A preschool child is at the age where he is learning to negotiate this independence, a concept that is both exciting and scary at the same time.  With the realization that he is his own person, with wants and needs that are separate from yours, comes the realization that you may not always be by his side.  Going to preschool can make this last point painfully clear, causing your child to become anxious about letting you out of his sight.  Here are some tips for cutting down on separation anxiety during the preschool years.
*Remember that children do pick up on your mood, even if they cannot yet articulate their feelings, so try to remain calm and positive about your child going to school, especially if it is for the first time.
*Do not automatically assume that your child is worried about starting school or that she will have separation anxiety. Do not signal that she should be nervous by asking leading questions, such as “Are you worried about starting preschool and being away from mommy?” Instead, focus on the exciting aspects of starting school.
*Prepare ahead of time for the first day of school, and make it a special event to look forward to in the days leading up to the first day, talk to your child about what will happen in the morning. Tell him how excited you are about all the fun he is going to have, and how you can’t wait to hear about everything he is going to do.
*Do not drag out the separation process, especially on the first day. Take your child to the classroom, hug her, tell her that you love her, tell her what time you will be back to pick her up, and then leave.
*Plan ahead about how you will handle your own feelings about leaving your child so that she does not see you getting upset, and then get upset herself. Think about what you will say when you leave your child and how you will keep from getting emotional in front of her.
*Always be there on time to pick up your child. Being on time is especially important during the first few days of school. If she believes that you will be there to pick her up when you said you would, the she will be more likely to separate easily.
Children may display anxiety about separation in different ways, such as fighting with you about getting dressed in the morning, refusing to make eye contact with or talk to the teacher, being overly clingy, and/or throwing a tantrum. Understand that different children react to separation and new situations in different ways; some children adapt more easily (which does not mean that they don’t love you or miss you while you are gone!) and some are shyer and takes longer to adjust. However, if you can manage to stay consistent with your routines, both at home and at school, your child should eventually become comfortable with the process of you leaving her at preschool.
Planning ahead can cut down on problems with the separation, both for you and your child. Stay clam, be positive, and trust the teachers to handle the situation once you leave. Keep to a regular routine as much as possible, and keep any other major changes to a minimum in the few weeks leading up, to the start of school.
Mrs. Hadley

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