Day One

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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 *~*

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  1. Also helpful before the first day of school, if you have an infant who has been breast fed from birth, try a few bottle feedings at home prior to starting him/her in school. This will help with the first day so as not to be completely shocked when not being fed by mom. This is also a good idea so you can get an idea as to which bottles your child prefers and takes the best. And you will also have a better idea as to how much your child takes at a feeding and will make communicating with your child’s caregivers much more effective.

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