- Published: 19 September 2017 19 September 2017
- Brings home sheet after sheet of easel paper completely covered with greenish-brown paint. Don't worry, he's not depressed. It's just one of the earliest stages of painting. To kids, it's a major accomplishment to cover the entire sheet of paper. They also like to paint one color over another...resulting in that murky shade of brown. It may not look like much, but it takes a tremendous amount of concentration to do.
- Brings home a paper covered with twenty pounds of glue and one tiny scrap of blue construction paper. Most kids concentrate on mastering one skill at a time when doing art projects. Attaching actual items to the paper will be more interesting once he's thoroughly figured out the glue's possibilities.
- Doesn't bring home any artwork at all. There are so many other interesting things to do. And they're every bit as worthwhile. You just can't hang them on the refrigerator.
- Claims she isn't going to be invited to someone's birthday party. Birthday parties are standard preschool bargaining chips as in.."If you don't give me a turn on the swing right now, I won't invite you to my birthday party." Rest assured that such threats have nothing to do with actual parties.
- Is unusually obnoxious at home. Kids make a real effort to behave well at school for the first few weeks. Meanwhile at home, where they feel safe, they let it all out. Don't worry. Their refined company manners will wear off as soon as they feel comfortable at school-and they won't need to bring all those pent-up feelings home to you.
- Won't tell you anything about what he did at school. Some kids just like to keep home and school separate. Others find it confusing to try to summarize a day's events. Try asking about specifics. If you are really curious, feel free to check with your child's teacher.
- Can't name any of the other kids in her class. There's so much that's new and so many kids. Teachers will help the children learn each other's names once they're sure everyone knows the more vital things-like where the bathroom is and that it's ok to use it.
- Comes home in "school" pants because his somehow got wet. See number seven. Lots of young children are reluctant to use unfamiliar bathrooms and decide to wait until they get home to go. Don't worry, teachers are used to changing wet pants. With time, the school's facilities will be on your child's list of Approved Bathrooms.
- Starts acting wild and racing around the room the minute you come in to pick her up. Some kids wonder exactly who is in charge when both parent and teacher are present. Acting up is one way to find out. Confer with the teacher to find out who's going to call the shots.
- Says she isn't going back to school tomorrow or ever. Around the second month of school reality sets in: It dawns on your child that you actually expect her to go to school each and every week. Even kids who love school sometimes raise objections at this time of year. Remain matter-of-fact and confident as you send her off. It may help to remind yourself that you aren't the only parent whose child has come down with the please-let-me-stay-home-today blues.
- Barbara Klein, Nursery School Director
Hopefully you have all received the information form from the Parents' Committee. Their first event is the Parents Cocktail party on Friday, October 13th. This is a wonderful time to get to reconnect with old friends and to meet other families in your child's class. There will be more information coming about the party soon.