There is no mistaking that crispness in the air, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, leaves crunching under foot and mornings that are the best of times (or the worst of times) as kids get ready for their first days of school.
We teachers have been feverishly planning for this week. Setting up classrooms, keeping up with professional development, studying the curriculum and keeping our eyes set on what’s in the best interest of our students. But most importantly, we are excited to meet your kids and provide a safe, respectful and responsible learning environment.
And finally, the day comes and just.like.that it happens. You and your children become part of a classroom, part of a school, part of a community. Sometimes it’s an easy transition and sometimes it’s tough on your child, or you, or both. As you navigate the first few weeks of school (the good, the bad and in between), keep in mind:
- All sorts of emotions will happen. Your kid might cry when they have to say goodbye to you. This is a typical thing. Maybe instead of crying they pierce your soul with “the eyes.” You know, the ones that look like “Littlest Petshop” figurines. Inevitably you do the crying instead. They might be the kid that pushes you out the door. The important thing to remember is that navigating and learning from these emotions is a really healthy thing when you have comfort, trust and support from the caregivers around you. And while it breaks our parent and teacher hearts to see our children struggle – developmentally speaking, it is necessary for children to learn how to recognize their feelings and feel empowered to work through them. Rest assured that if your child is not showing signs of productive movement through a strong emotion, teachers will let you know within 15 minutes of the day.
- Expect it to take about two weeks to feel like a routine is established. Depending on how often your child is at school this could be more or less but in general, we see kids recognizing classroom routines with limited prompting around the two week mark.
- You are always welcome to set up a meeting with your child’s teacher. Morning drop off and afternoon pick up can be a busy time and not always the best opportunity to feel that you as a parent are able to connect with teachers. Please know that you can request a meeting outside of that time and we will do our best to accommodate.
This was a GREAT first week. We are so excited for this school year and hope that you and your children feel welcome each time you come down the hall.