Charlotte preschool parents have been informed that their child’s first day staggered entry with Bethlehem Center Head Start is during the week following Labor Day 2011. Some students will start preschool on Sept. 6, others will start on Sept. 7 or 8, and all will attend on Sept 9.
Whether your child arrives to school by car or on the bus, your Charlotte preschooler should be greeted with a handshake, pat on the back, or a hug and a smile from the teacher.
Your child will be directed to wash her hands and given a cubby for personal items, labeled with her name. Your child should be offered breakfast.
The first day of preschool should be a tour of the learning centers. Your child should see at least five interest areas. These may include water or sand table, art, math, science, language and literacy, writing, blocks, computer or technology, and dramatic play. There should be a library in your child’s classroom where plenty of books are available. There should also be a cozy area where your child can spend some time alone, if desired.
Throughout the day, especially during transitions, your child should hear music and song. This should be incorporated in the daily lesson in whole group sessions and your child will have the opportunity to practice what was taught in an individualized small group session, so the teacher can assess the child’s learning. One teacher may even conduct a screening with your child, which may include short conversations, a writing activity, and playing with small blocks . This will help the teacher determine what skills your child has and what to teach your child next.
Your child will also have the opportunity to get an hour of exercise outdoors, weather permitting. Her playground should have plenty of gross motor equipment available, such as a jungle gym, tricycles, and balls. There may also be a sand or water table and a garden for teaching about science, health, and nutrition.
If your child is in a full day preschool, time should be set aside for lunch and a quiet time should be provided for your child to rest.
Be sure to send your Charlotte preschooler to school with comfortable clothes, athletic shoes for outdoor play, and a change of clothes in case of an accident, such as spilt milk.
If your child is well-prepared and your child’s teacher is well-prepared, then hopefully, your child’s first day of preschool will be a fun and exciting time and your child may even come home singing one of those songs she learned.