Friday, 27 January 2012


So your little one got admission in the best preschool of your choice. You made all the preparations for the coming day, you sent your child early to bed so that he would wake up early and get ready for the school. You kept a backpack stuffed with all the essential school supplies for the preschool like crayons, paper and glue sticks by the front door. First day of school outfit is hanging ready in the closet, and the lunch box you have prepared is packed, shoes are polished and ready to go. The first day of preschool has arrived and it’s time for your child to start his educational journey that will last about for next twenty years. Don’t you feel that you should make this monumental first day a great experience for you and your child?
It’s quite easy and you can do it right, you just need to have a few things in mind while doing this.
The Crying Game
First, be prepared for some tears. Separation anxiety is very common among preschoolers, particularly those who are going to school for the first time. It is quite innate for children to cry, whine, and cling to their parents during the first few days of school. They are, after all, being put in a new environment with strange faces.
Despite the fact that it may be difficult for some parents not to give in to their child's heart-wrenching howls, it is significant that you make your child realize that you cannot be with him all the time. To bring down the stress levels both for you and your child you can do as follows:
  • Prepare your child for the separation: On the breakfast table, you can say that you are leaving for office and your child is such a big bravo and he/she will be fine in school with other kids when you go to office, and for being in the school you will give him some gifts.
  • Tell your child what you will be doing while you are away: This reassures him that you are not going away for the reason that you don't want to be with him, but because you have to get a few things done.

  • Describe to your child what he will be doing in school in your absence: Explain him about the fun things he will be doing in school with his teachers and other kids, like all those fun activities that often take place in a classroom of a preschool. 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.
  • Reassure your child that you will be coming back: Promise him that you will be returning - and prove to him that he can trust what you told him or her by returning on the appropriate time. And in no way, under any situation, threaten to leave your child when he "misbehaves." This will make him more fearful, and he will cling to you even more.
  • Prepare yourself: When you have done all the best things you could have done and you still find yourself with a sticking vine, keep in mind that the crying will only lessen, once your child learns the important lesson that he can carry on without you for a few hours in the preschool. Don't make an upheaval or rebuke your child for sticking to you; motivate and reassure him instead lovingly. Holding, hugging or pampering him while saying him to go into the classroom by himself, may puzzle him about whether he or she should stay or go, so be firm.
  • Praise your child while separation: Say a few words of appreciation while separating him or her like, "I'm so proud of you for being such a big boy/girl in school" to make him/her feel proud of his/her "accomplishment." Besides this you can also give him some gifts related to his schooling and education for instance, your kid’s favorite cartoon character’s schooling stuff like ben 10, mickey mouse, Hannah Montana, Winnie the pooh, Tom and Jerry, Ninja Hattori, Superman, and Disney etc.
  • Give him articles similar to preschool in home play and learn: You should give him some puzzles, colors, crayons, books, toys at home to play similar to the preschool classroom so that he can enjoy doing things and don’t make excuses or cry for going to school next day.
In any case, children’s crying loudly on their first day in the preschool is nothing new to a preschool teacher. They are used to of such situations and they have tact’s to deal with this very situation. You also should follow it. Mostly, they will say you to leave it and probably it will be the most difficult thing you will have to do, but it genuinely does work. Nine out of ten times, the child stops weeping within five to ten minutes of the parent leaving the school premises. But, when you will return back to classroom a few hours later to pick up your child you will find him happy and content with a pile of artwork he or she cannot wait to show you and tell the stories his/her teacher has told him/her in the classroom.


  1. Nice article and piece of knowledge

  2. thank you for your post.actually i was looking checklist for my kid for his first day in school i got extra information from your tips.
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  3. About time, no thank you to the one week headstart though!

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