How do I help my child adjust to attending preschool for the first time?
"Preschool offers many benefits - it can be a great place for kids to interact with peers and learn valuable
life lessons such as how to share, take turns, and follow rules. It also can prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.
But going to preschool does come with its fair share of emotions, for both the parent and the child. For a kid,
entering a new preschool environment filled with unfamiliar teachers and kids can cause both anxiety and anticipation.
Parents might have mixed emotions about whether their child is ready for preschool.
The more comfortable you are about your decision and the more familiar the setting can be made for your child, the
fewer problems you - and your little one - will encounter.
Easing Your Child's Fears
Spend time talking with your child about preschool even before it starts. Before the first day, gradually introduce
your child to activities that often take place in a classroom. A child accustomed to scribbling with paper and crayons
at home, for example, will find it comforting to discover the same crayons and paper in his or her preschool classroom.
Visiting your child's first preschool classroom a few times before school starts can also ease the entrance into
unfamiliar territory. This offers the opportunity to not only meet your child's teacher and ask about routines and
common activities, but to then introduce some of those routines and activities at home. While you're in the classroom,
let your child explore and observe the class and choose whether to interact with other kids. The idea is to familiarize
your child with the classroom and to let him or her get comfortable.
You can also ask how the teacher handles the first tear-filled days. How will the first week be structured to make
the transition smooth for your child?
While acknowledging this important step your child is taking and providing support, too much emphasis on the change
could make any anxiety worse. Young kids can pick up on their parents' nonverbal cues. When parents feel guilty or
worried about leaving their child at school, the kids will probably sense that.
The more calm and assured you are about your choice to send your child to preschool, the more confident your
child will be."
What if my child is not 100% potty trained?
I ask that children be potty trained prior to attending. If your child is close to accomplishing this milestone, please contact
me to discuss.
How big are your classes?
Class size is limited to no more than 6 children to ensure individualized attention.
How much do you cost?
Tuition rate can be found HERE.
How do I register my child?
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
- Contact me to find out if there is a current opening for your child and to arrange a tour.
- Submit your non-refundable deposit to reserve your child's spot. Your first month's tuition is due one week
prior to the first day of attendance.
- Complete the Registration Form and other forms provided HERE. You may submit your
forms at your tour or atleast one week prior to your child's first day of school.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Miss Lisa at
Active Zone Kids Preschool in Eagle, Idaho.