It's here. That time when Summer activities begin to end, vacations have been completed and many kids (and most parents) are ready for Back to School. This weekend is Tax free shopping (woo hoo!). Walmart and Target are stocked with supplies. Everyone is getting ready. As a former teacher, I figured I would at times, help all my friends in the internet world with tips and tricks, advice on Teacher gifts (that blog post coming soon for sure), and more.
Today, we can talk about the 1st day!
It's exciting for kids, exciting for parents and a nervous time as well. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I did have the age where some kids were not ready for school. Where I had to dry some tears. If you have a nervous little Pre-K or Kinder in your home here are a few tips to help with those 1st day jitters.
1) Meet the teacher before. If your school has a Meet the Teacher day or evening GO. For both you and your child getting to know the person who will be with your child through the highs and lows of the upcoming school year, cheering them on, hugging, wiping tears and pushing them to be better is a MUST. True, you may have alot of questions, but be sure to allow time for the teacher to bond with your child. A smile, a hug, a tour of the classroom, questions or stories about your child's favorite movie or toy or vacation can all help with a case of the nerves.
2) Kissing Hand. In most Kindergarten or Pre K classrooms your child will hear the story of the "The Kissing Hand". (To watch in advance with your child just click HERE. Super cute story, read by the narrator of Pete the Cat...who is also awesome.) On the 1st day of school revisit the story, draw a heart on your child's hand and kiss it. It may not take away all the jitters, but it can help them remember the love. I have had to do this with my own children well until Christmas, so be prepared for it to become a routine. But it's a sweet one. (another good book is "Llama Llama Misses Mama" which you can watch HERE.)
3) Be Prepared to Walk Away. If there are tears, be prepared to offer a hug, an "I love you" and walk away. I know, sounds like tough love. But your child will be comforted by their teacher and distracted by peers MUCH faster if you leave the room. Don't worry, other moms will be crying in their cars too. You're not alone.
4) Be Excited And I mean for the drop off and the pick up. Ask questions about their day, hug them, remind them you came back or they still get to cuddle, whatever your child needs to hear. There may be tears for a few days and that's ok. Just remind them everyday about new friends, new learning, and that you are always there for them. And maybe a small reward when the tears stop.
NOW FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY RELATED part, I am not a fan of Reinventing the wheel, BUT in case you had not found them yet, just click the link HERE and you will be directed to a fabulous mama blog called "Taking Care of Monkey Business". She made and offered some FREE First day of School Printables. Just Print and allow (or force depending on the age) your darling to hold it up for a quick shot). So you can compare each year and mourn how fast time flies.
For some examples you can see my girls 1st Day pics from years past. I am considering offering some Back to School Minis where you would get an image like the one below with some of your little's favorite things, BUT that probably depends on interest. So you know, comment if you're interest. Ha, ha.
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