Day One


It have been a crazy week since I last posted!

Alright. Your child’s first day of school is here. Make sure you bring with you everything your child will need. You should have received a supply list. Be sure to label all your child’s belongings as it is hard for the teachers to keep track of everyone’s items especially since many items are very similar. The best time to drop off your child on his first day is generally before 9:00 am. This will allow your child’s teacher to welcome him to the class without the entire class already there to overwhelm him. The majority of the activities planned for the day take place in the morning. When dropping off your child, make sure that the teacher is available to get your child involved in an activity before you leave. In other words, don’t just put your child down screaming when the teacher is in the middle of changing a diaper. You can wait a minute or two until the teacher can take him from you, if needed. This will make the transition much easier on everyone. Keep the drop off a quick as possible. Most schools will gladly let you call during nap time to see how your child is doing. I would not suggest coming to the classroom unless you are going to pick up your child. This just cause unnecessary distress for your child and disrupts the rest of the class as well. I suggest keeping the first day short if your child has not been exposed to any sort of child care setting. The children are very busy all day and it takes them a while to get used to that much activity. It also takes them a while to get used to napping at school, as well, so an early afternoon pick up would be best. When your a picking up your child, you will receive a daily report on your child’s activities, interactions, meals, diapering or toileting and nap times. This report will also list any  items that are needed and notes from the teachers. Please take the time to read this every day. This is a great way to continue your child’s learning experience at home by discussing what he did that day.

Congratulations! We all survived your child’s first day at school!

*~* B *~*

Before The First Day


I hope everyone had a great weekend!

So you have made the big decision to enter your child in a day care or private preschool. You probably have had a tour of the school and set your start date. Now what?

Most schools will allow you to bring your child in to visit the week before starting. I highly recommend this. Ask the director what time during the day would be best as this could differ depending on the classroom. This visit is the perfect time for your child to meet his new teachers and classmates with the comfort of you still with him. He can began to get comfortable with his new environment without the anxiety of not having a parent with him. His teachers will let you know what you need to bring and show you where to put it when he officially starts. This is also the best time to ask his teachers any questions you may have and I’m sure his teachers will have questions for you, as well. Some of the questions that I like to ask are: Has he been in child care setting before? Does he have any dietary restrictions or allergies and if so, how severe are they? What is the best way to comfort him? Does he sleep with anything special? What will his typical drop off and pick up times be? What are his favorite types of toys?

Hopefully this visit will help prepare you and your child for day one!

*~* B *~*

Two kids at school, who to pick up first?


Happy Friday! It’s B again. I have many children in my class that have older siblings in the school. So which child should you pick up first? I have noticed that starting with the youngest and working your way up seems to work best. I have had a few parents that collect their oldest first then come to my class to get their toddler. Their older child then goes to play with all of our toys (sometimes breaking them), tries to hug or pick up the other children, climb on our furniture, in general, wreck havoc on the classroom while the parent is trying to talk to me about their child’s day and deal with a tired toddler. I, then have to try to minimize the chaos from the older child, with him knowing that I’m not his teacher. Ugg. Parent is then at the door with the toddler waiting for the older child to decide that his is ready to leave his sibling’s class. Now the rest of the children are all riled up when they were playing quietly and calmly before the invasion.

Now a less chaotic way would be to pick up the youngest first. You can easily talk to the teacher while getting your child ready to leave. The teacher will be able to talk to you much easier, as well. Then you can go pick up you older child while holding the younger. You can teach your older child to collect his belongings and get himself ready to leave. And all with much less chaos.

Hope you have a chaos-free weekend!

*~* B *~*

Don’t Blame the Messenger… Please!


L here for my first post! And it’s all about those dreaded Accident/Bite Reports that no one EVER likes to fill out or read… Accidents happen, as does biting with the younger age groups and it is a lucky parent who never has to sign the form! We teachers especially don’t like having to inform parents why/how their child got hurt/bit or did the hurting/biting, especially closing teachers/floaters who were not witness to any of it. I have almost always been a closing teacher, and so have shown a LOT of forms to parents, some of whom are not even in my class and it never gets any easier, especially when I know that parent gets easily annoyed. Please keep in mind it is a part of the “un-fun” side of our job; know that we try to keep each child safe but getting hurt is part of growing up and learning how to interact with their physical world. Thank you!

The Best Dressed Toddler


What makes the best dressed toddler differ greatly depending on whether you are a parent or a teacher. Parents may think that trendy skinny jeans and tulle tu-tus are the way to go. Your child’s teacher may think that loose fitting elastic waist pants and simple t-shirts are the way to go.  Overalls, coveralls and onesies are a huge hassle when you have six out of your twelve children covered in snaps. This adds a lot of time to the entire diaper changing process that could be better spent engaging the children in an exciting activity. Also, save the really nice outfits for special occasions and send your child in clothes that you don’t mind getting messy. Because as much as we try to keep them clean, they are children and they will get messy. Furry coats really attract the mulch from the playground. I have spent way too much time picking out mulch covering coats. Sundresses are wonderful for summer, but an uncovered diaper attracts mulch and then the mulch gets into the poor girl’s diaper. That just can’t be comfortable. Simple bloomers solve that problem in a very cute way.

Most of all, please keep in mind when dressing your child that she  is not the only child that has to have her diaper changed several times a day. A classroom of twelve toddlers with four diaper changes a day is 48 diaper changes a day. Just imagine that with overalls, overalls with onesies under, fleece coveralls, layers of onesies, tight jeans, tu-tus over leggings, and even the occasional footie pajamas. All we would be doing all day is changing diapers. Forget actually teaching your child anything or doing any art projects with your child.

I would love to see a classroom full of the best dressed toddlers!

*~* B *~*

The Dreaded Drop-off


So no one really wants to leave their child in the care of someone else while they go of to work, but for many families, it is a necessity. So what can you as a parent do to help make the best of those morning drop-off?

First off, put down that phone! Give 100% of your attention to your child for the few minutes you have left with him. Nothing is so important that it can’t wait until you get back in the car. I have seem so many melt-downs in hallways, parking lots, doorways, etc. all because the parent is on the phone with the office and not listening to what their child is trying to tell them. And whoever is on the other end of that phone call probably can’t hear anything the parent is saying over the screaming child anyway! Not worth it!

Second, talk with your child on the way to school about who she wants to play with and what toys she will want to play with. Ask her questions about what she thinks will happen that day at school. Even if your child still isn’t talking yet, hearing her friends and teachers names will help get her excited about the new school day.

Third, start letting your child walk into the building and down the hall to his classroom as soon as he is walking steadily. This gives him a sense of importance and that you are proud of him. He will enter the classroom at toy and friend level rather than way up in your arms far away from his friends and all the toys.

Fourth, don’t linger. Keep it as quick as possible. Pass on any important information to her teacher, tell you child to have a great day and that you will be back later and leave. Don’t stay behind the door or around a corner. If you can still see him, he can still see you. If you are concerned about a rough drop-off, call the school and ask about how he is doing. Odds are, he was playing with his buddies before you even made it to the car. Just remember, the longer you stay, the harder you make it for your child and in turn, for his teachers.

But, fifth, if your child had a BM on the way to school, at least offer to change her diaper. Most likely, her teacher will gladly change her for you so you can go on to work. But if the class is outside, depending on how many children and teachers are present, it many not be possible for a teacher to leave the playground due to ratios.

Ok, that’s all for now! Hope tomorrow is fabulous!

*~* B *~*

Dressing for School


B here again. I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. I loved seeing my class in their costumes! They were just so cute.

Now that November is upon us, the mornings are cool and the afternoons are warm. One would ask, “How do I dress my child for this drastically changing weather?” In my classroom, layers seem to work best. A short sleeved shirt for in the classroom works great. With long sleeves and sweaters, we are constantly pushing their sleeves up for hand washing, art, meals and messy projects.  For outside play, a light sweater and then their jacket keeps them warm and also allows for unrestricted movement. Big, puffy coats are great for playing in snow but are not easy for them to move around the playground.

We keep the classroom at a comfortably warm temperature but do not want the children to overheat from being dressed in a single thick sweater that is more appropriate for outdoors. So layer up your child all through fall and winter and don’t forget to label those extra layers (and the hat and mittens, too).

Keep warm (but not too warm!)

*~* B *~*