An important part of helping your child feel more comfortable in school is building a solid home-to-school connection. Your child’s daycare provider or preschool teacher is likely working hard on building that connection by sending you information and updates, as well as talking with you about any issues that may be cropping up at school, but parents can take a proactive approach as well. Here are some ways you can facilitate home-to-school connections and stay in tune with your child throughout their day:
Ask your child. When it comes to divulging information about their school days, some children have vastly different communication styles from others. Some come home chattering about their day, who they played with at daycare, what projects they worked on at preschool, and who pushed who on the swings at the playground. Some children, however, tend to clam up. When trying to get your more reticent child to open up about their day, try waiting until they’ve had a chance to decompress after you pick them up from their childcare center or preschool. Instead of asking them how their day was the second they’re buckled into their car seat, ask over dinner, or while you’re playing after school. Ask specific questions rather than general ones, and you might start learning a bit more about your child’s day.
Check the daycare center’s blog. Your child’s daycare center often has useful information for parents in its blog, including general information and advice on parenting, as well as more specific information about your childcare center’s latest goings-on. Bookmark the blog so that you remember to give it a few minutes of your time each week.
Check communications. Whether your childcare center communicates with you through an app, an email newsletter, or a frequently updated site, remember to really read the communications as they come in. They’ll likely have great information about school events, policies, and changes. It’s a great way to stay updated on what’s happening at your early childhood education center.
Ask to sit in the classroom. If you’d like to spend a half hour or so sitting in the classroom on occasion, observing what happens throughout your child’s day or participating in a special activity your child loves, ask your daycare teacher. Some times may be more convenient than others, such as the afternoon or before lunchtime.
Set up play dates. Does your child come home from daycare talking about a specific kid from class that they enjoy playing with? It may be a good idea to set up a time to invite this child and their family over for a play date, or to meet up at a local park or museum. Helping your child to build memories with classmates outside of school is a great way to build connections between their daycare center, preschool, and home.
Setting up these home-to-school connections can be a great way to help your child adjust to school and build relationships, in addition to developing a sense of security in their classroom. If you are looking to sign your little one up at an early childhood development center in Monroe, check out our curriculum here, and enroll online! We look forward to having your little one at our daycare and preschool program.