What to Bring and What to Expect
What to Bring & What to Expect
On your child’s first day of school, be sure to bring all completed forms and paperwork that may not have been turned in yet.
In addition, you may bring in a change of clothes.
(or 2 or 3 if potty training).
We provide all meals, snacks, drinks, nap time beds, sheets, blankets, diapers, and wipes.
What to expect on the first day of school
The first day of school can be exciting and scary – for children and parents alike! Read more to find out what you can expect from your child’s first day.
Some children will cry for an hour, some for a day, some for two weeks. Here’s what we do at Tangerine Schoolhouse when this happens. First, the teacher makes a connection with the student right at drop off. We make sure they get lots of positive attention, love, and that they know where the teacher is at all times. We help them feel safe and secure. Once children feel truly safe they will stop crying and start playing and learning!
We utilize Conscious Discipline to teach social and emotional skills but also to promote a sense of safety and well-being in the classroom. This includes I Love You rituals, songs, activities, and more. Over time your children will become familiar with each of these and will utilize them daily!
We will not ask you to come pick your child up early from school. This reinforces the idea that if they cry, mom and dad will come right away. While that may work for some families, it doesn’t work for others’ work schedules. One option is to start with a shortened schedule the first week and slowly start to extend it each week until your child is attending for the full day. The same may be done with attending part time and working up to full time if space is available.
Whatever the case may be with your child specifically, we will keep you up to day with our Class Dojo messaging app! That way you can make the best informed decisions, see what’s going on in your child’s day, and have a peaceful day.
One of our favorite stories is of a 2 year old who just moved to the area and was starting school. He was a bright boy, social, but very sad to be dropped off at school every day, and understandably so after just moving and starting a new school!
He cried every day for about 2 weeks. We communicated with mom and dad throughout this time, worked with him to help him become comfortable in the classroom with his new teacher and new classmates. On the first day of his third week of school he ran in the front door, shouted to Ms. Kendra, “Ms. Kendra, I happy!” and ran inside to play without a backward glance to his father who dropped him off! Ever since then he’s been happy and comfortable in his classroom. It was a combined effort between teachers and parents that allowed him to feel safe and happy and ready for learning.