An important part of helping your child to feel more comfortable in school is to build a home-to-school connection. Your child’s teacher is likely working hard on building that connection by sending you information and updates, and talking with you about any issues that may be cropping up at school, but parents can take a proactive approach as well.
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, what projects they worked on, and who pushed who on the swings. 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. Instead of asking them how their day was the second they’re buckled into their carseat, 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 center often has useful information for parents in its blog, including general information and advice on parenting, and 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, a newsletter, or a frequently updated site, remember to really read the communications as they come in. They’ll likely have great information on school events, policies, and changes. It’s a great way to stay updated on what’s happening at school.
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.
Set up playdates. 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 playdate, 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.
Setting up these home-to-school connections can be a great way of helping your child adjust to school and build relationships and a sense of security in their classroom.