Summer is coming to its inevitable close. The apple orchard down the road has put up its open sign and the harvest at the farmer’s market is bountiful. The leaves have yet to change color (plenty of time for that!) but there’s a feeling in the air of change and those of us who melt in the summer heat are looking forward to the crisp, cool winds of fall. Even the colors of the sunset are changing as the bright pinks and golds of summer become the soft browns and reds of autumn. As a child, back to school time was always my favorite time of year and I am looking forward to sharing that excitement with the children and families at Beansprouts.
Just as the season is in transition, some of you may be transitioning too. Your child may have recently transitioned to a new classroom (with a new teacher, new expectations, and new routines) or perhaps your child has transitioned from a different school to their new classroom at Beansprouts. Maybe your child is attending school for the first time or maybe you have been attending all summer and now your child’s class is transitioning into the school year curriculum. No matter which transition your family fits in, one thing is certain: Transition takes time.
As teachers, we think it’s really important to handle transitions with love and understanding. Recognizing that transitions are hard and understanding that anxiety is normal, I have pulled together some great tips on easing into the transition of fall and back to school:
· Remember that every child is different. Some children walk into the classroom on the first day ready to play while others need a week or so to get settled. A child’s response to transition and separation depend largely on their age, temperament, and experience and we honor those differences with gentle transitions, plenty of time, and lots of understanding.
· Establish a drop-off ritual. I have one parent who does a special handshake every morning and others who do “one more hug” as they head out the door. Some children like to “wave out the window,” others enjoy a few quiet moments with a special lovey, and some like to say bye to Mom and hold my hand for a bit before feeling ready for the day. Taking time to find what works to put your child on track for a great day is one of the best ways to help them start the day right.
· Bring in something from home to keep in your child’s cubby! A family photo, a a small photo album, or a special blanket can help your child connect to you and your family while you’re apart.
· Feel free to call anytime during the day to see how your child’s is doing. When I dropped my oldest son off at Kindergarten (way too many years ago), he was sad and teary and I gave the school a quick call to make sure he had settled in nicely and was having a good day (which, by the way, he was).
The teachers at Beansprouts are preparing to welcome you and your family to a new school year! Our classrooms have been cleaned and organized. Our lesson plans have been approved and we are eager to welcome the new school year with fun activities and amazing learning opportunities. Whether you spent your summer with us at Beansprouts or took the summer off with your family, we welcome you to Beansprouts!