Separation anxiety is a child’s way of saying, “I love you and I will miss you.” While it can tug at your hearts to leave your little ones, please know that developing a solid drop-off routine will build independence and confidence.
Here are a few tips to help you and your child manage your drop-off routine quickly and peacefully:
- Be reassuring, but be brief! When your child whines or cries that she doesn’t want to go to school, respond with brief statements of understanding, reassurance, and a big hug! But don’t dwell on their reactions. Focusing too much on their whining and crying can actually serve to reinforce their behavior, and make it more frequent!
- Keep your good-byes short and sweet. In doing so, you convey the message that you have confidence in your child’s ability to cope. Once you have said goodbye, please don’t linger around or noticeably peek back into the room…your child will sense your anxiety, and this will make it more difficult for her to calm down. It is best not to sneak out. You want your child to know that she can trust you.
- Don’t bargain or bribe your child to behave. It is important that your child has an opportunity to work through these feelings.
- Develop a loving good-bye routine such as waving goodbye through the window or a special kiss goodbye. Once the routine is over, say goodbye and leave quickly without creating a secondary “just one more…” routine. Coming back again and again increases anxiety and stress and does not impart your confidence in their ability to cope.
- If you hand your child off directly to the teacher, please do so with loving words and a kiss goodbye. Once the child has been transferred, it is time to leave them in the care of the teacher. Demonstrate your confidence in the teacher to your child. Children get mixed messages and feel more anxious when they transfer back and forth between parent and teacher.
- Allow your child to bring a favorite stuffed animal or family photo to act as a reminder of family and home. They can cuddle it until they are adjusted and then we can assist them in keeping it “safe” in their cubby for the day.
- Talk with the teacher and develop a plan together. You need someone on the other end who will greet your child and ease the transition. We are happy to help!
- Invite children from the preschool over, so your child can form friendships that will make the transition easier.
- Don’t be surprised if you solve the problem and it reoccurs after holidays and sick days. They have adapted to being home, so a short readjustment to school should be expected.
- Remember separation anxiety means that a strong and loving bond exists between you and your child. There is nothing more important than your child and we appreciate that you entrust us each and every day with your precious little one.
Castle demolition has begun! We are moving on to bigger and better things but before we say goodbye, let’s take a look back at all of the hard work our little ones put into transforming their dramatic play area.
Like many successful projects, this one began with group brainstorming. We formulated questions, made connections, and used books and technology to do our research.
Together, we painted our castle walls and drawbridge.
We worked on the details.
We assembled it.
Our kings, queens, princesses, knights, jesters, cooks, servants, and even our royal kitty cats had a magnificent time! Our imaginative play has introduced us to real world concepts, equipped us with rich language, and taught us the art of negotiation!
To all of our families who donated or loaned costumes, fabrics, or props: Thank you for making this such a well-rounded learning experience!
We have enjoyed many activities that correlated with our focus on medieval times! Let’s highlight a few of our favorites.
Building, painting, and testing catapults!
Using our weaving board!
Creating play dough castles!
Engineering fortified towers!
Building castle walls and discussing number patterns!
Room 5 took paint outdoors this week. We had a blast trying out different ways to do splatter paint, while reinforcing the unit on Jackson Pollack’s style of painting from Mrs. Monica’s Art Studio last week. Our young friends took full advantage of this messy and challenging method- putting all their strength and focus into their work. We used gross motor skills to throw the sponges and pom-poms, as well as shake the brushes!
We practiced hand-eye coordination to aim and hit the various paint vessels onto each paper, and we had a great time getting messy too! In the end our little artists created one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork that they put their whole heart into.
Allotted “screen time” is a hot topic both in education and at home these days. At what age should kids be allowed to use screens? How much is beneficial? How much is too much? Does screen time enhance cognition or does it make kids irritable and unfocused?
While we don’t have all the answers, it is certainly prudent to do your own research to be sure your child is getting the “right” amount of screen time for his/her age and/or personality.
One article from Psychology Today offers that screens can make kids “angry, depressed and unmotivated.” Click here to read more.
Agree or disagree, it is good to be in the know.
*Please note: This article represents one point of view of this current “hot topic” and is not necessarily the view of our school.*
In Room 3 we enjoy painting with different objects.
Most recently, we have been painting with marbles. The children roll 3 marbles back and forth in a box with a piece of paper and drops of different colors of paints. This action creates lines in different directions. As they shake the box back and forth they call it, “Playing A Game”.
Friday was the culmination of the “Week of the Young Child” here at the Preschool. It’s a very special week wherein all the staff and students celebrate the spirit of childhood by donning silly outfits and exploring fun themes. On Fruit Friday we appreciate the fruits of God’s beautiful Earth! Each room celebrates in their own way but we all get to partake in at least one common activity- eating lots of fruit! It’s truly a delicious and nutritious day.
Room 2 made a delectable berry shortcake!
Room 3 created a very healthy fruit salad!
And Room 5 dissected each fruit on its own and tasted the rainbow!
We all want to thank the parents who participated and contributed so graciously to this very special week at school. Everyone benefits when we all embrace our inner child from time to time!
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” -Mark 10:15 (NIV)