Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What You Kid's Preschool Teacher Wants You To Know

1.This is not Preschool Runway. Preschool is messy and active. Hands on learning required. Save those high dollar cute outfits for the weekends when you are around to admire your fashion sense and undo the bazillion buttons and belts and ties.

2. Dress your kid in clothes he or she can get on and off independently. That $60 outfit isn't nearly as cute when it reeks of pee and is handed to you in a Walmart sack at pick-up time.

3. If your child insists on wearing dresses/skirts make sure he/she has tights and/or shorts on underneath. It is impossible to sit criss cross applesauce and not show your Dora undies.

4. DON'T LET YOUR KID BRING CRAP TO SCHOOL. I don't care if "she insisted" she needed her .....
She won't stop playing with it and it will interrupt learning. She won't want to share it and it will cause drama. It will get broken and you will be pissed at me.

5. I value your child's individuality. I DO NOT VALUE cheap ass plastic princess shoes. It makes it hard for her to run and play and interact with her friends. We have a boatload of dress up shoes in dramatic play lab.

6. I am BEGGING YOU..let your child uses scissors. You don't have to let him run with them but please expose him to scissors. Sit at the kitchen table with him and let him cut scraps of paper. This is a VERY IMPORTANT fine motor skill. In 12 years of teaching I have NEVER had a child cut their hair on my watch.

7. I am not trying to get all up in your business but if things are different at home please let us know. You would be surprised what effects children's behaviors. If we know about it we are better equipped to handle it and teach your your child skills to cope with the changes.

8. Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their day otherwise you will be told they did nothing and they ate snack. Ask things such as "Who did you play with outside? What did you build in block lab? Tell me about circle time."

Now it's your turn. What do you wish you could tell your kid's teacher?


Poppy said...

Thanks for pointing out the scissors. I'm not really sure why I didn't think about it. Though 2 out of my 3 children managed to give themselves an unsupervised haircut. I'm going to pick up my lefty a pair of scissors.

The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

Those are some good things to point out. Both of mine are long out of preschool but I think most of those still apply. Hopefully by 2nd & 4th grade they have had a lot of practice with scissors ;-) Maybe this should be in the welcome letter to the parents at the start of the year...without the swear words, of course ;-)

Jennifer said...

Love this. I'm always shocked when I drop my kids off at daycare in the morning. One little girl that was in pre-k with my daughter used to come dressed as a princess at least once a week. I'm sure you can imagine what a pleasure she was.

Ado said...

I've been reading some of your posts and I'm so glad I dropped by. This is a good one - great advice re. how not to dress your kid for preschool! (-:

thisgalsjourney said...

This is great!! The scissors thing...yeah, I'm really bad at letting them use them young. I'll start earlier with the man cub. :)

Jennifer said...

LOVE this! My daughter's preschool teachers sent home an orientation letter outlining a lot of this right from the start. It all makes sense. There is no way they would allow her to even come to school in those princess shoes! It all seems like common sense to me, but I know it must not seem like that to others because I see/hear about enough of it to know this warrants needing to be said.

Amy @ Counting My Kisses said...

We're starting 3-year-old preschool in the fall for my oldest daughter...I can TOTALLY see her demanding to wear her princess heels/bringing her favorite doll/etc. Awesome reminder that failure to put my foot down will affect YOUR day and your ability to teach, which is not acceptable. The princess shoes will stay at home. :)

Love, love love this post. I think I will print it off & put it on my fridge. :)