Sunday, August 24, 2008

I Would Like Your Opinion !!!!!

My first day as a teacher is soon approaching, I am very excited, but also a little nervous. I know I have a huge responsibility of taking care of other's precious babies. But because these children are 2, I feel like I have an even bigger responsibility. This may be the first time for some parents leaving there children in someone's care they do not know.

With that being said, I would like to know what your children's teachers have done to make you feel more comfortable about leaving them in their care. Would you like daily notes ? Phone calls? How often? If you kids have not gone to preschool, you can also let me know what you would expect.
Did the teacher do anything special with the children when the parent's were leaving? I know the first few weeks are going to be difficult for some kids.

I would also love to hear about any good experiences you have had with you kid's teacher's.

I can wait to hear what you have to say.
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MamaGeek said...

OK, you are SO KIND for even caring like this. SERIOUSLY.

I have no experience in this but I do think adding any extra details (positive preferred, negative if needed) would make me feel like you are truly 'caring' for my child.

Mari said...

We had a preschool teacher that sent home a small newsletter every 2 weeks telling what had gone on in class. We also appreciated a note from her 3-4 weeks after school started giving us specifics on how our daughter was doing.
You'll do great - you have shown yourself to be very inventive, but I've also seen your caring side. I would have loved to have you for our child's preschool teacher!

Colleen said...

When I was teaching preschool, I sent home a note each week with two weeks worth of activities listed (this week and next week) so the parents could see what we were going to be doing in school. That allowed them to ask about the letter S or the color red, for example rather than what did you do today?

Making phone calls is a wonderful thing - I would suggest that you just randomly make them as you go. If you promise to call home weach week and something comes up and you aren't able to make the calls you will hear about it.

Whatever contact you tell the parents that you will do, make sure you can deliver. It is better to under-promise by saying that you will send home a weekly newsletter and add in the phone calls as you can than to promise both and not be able to deliver for some reason.

To make them feel more comfortable in your care, explain that you are a mom and you understand how difficult it may be for them to leave their babies with someone else. Explain that while you have them, you promise to take good care of them and you will alert the parents of any troubes their child may have.

I know you will do a great job! Be prepares for the adults that have trouble with the transition, not just the kids. :-)

Brandi said...

My granddaughter is two and in day care. She gets a daily report card telling what she had for meals and snacks, what time she rested, activies and movies watched. Since it is potty training time, they also list each restroom visit and accident.

They also have posted weekly what they will be studing and their lunch menu.

You will do great.

Pam said...

If my child was in your class, I would expect a periodic newsletter--monthly would probably be sufficient. I would not think phone calls were necessary, but I am not a phone person. Emails would be fine with me if the teacher needed a parent to send cupcakes or cardboard tubes.

When I worked with toddlers in a day care (long ago), we sent each child home each day with a little report saying what they ate, and the times they were changed or used the potty.

I know you will do great. You were meant to do this job! BTW, your classroom looks GREAT!

Kisha said...

I work at a preschool now and we spend a good 15 minutes with the parents when they come to pic up their kids as to what they did that day, if they learned something new, needed to be changed (for the 3 potty training), etc. You have some of the most creative projects and are so caring with your own children that I think you will be fine.

Kristin said...

our preschool had a monthly parent night, where we "scrapbooked" things the child had done the previous month. our teacher also did an in-home visit before the school year began, which I think helped my 3 yr olds to at least know who they would expect at the school. I think for me, when I knew my children were happy and excited to go to school, I knew they were in good hands.

Paige Head said...

as far as when the kids get there have a least a small activity ready to go for those kids that might need to be distracted when mom leaves. And lots of hugs. A daily report rocks on things like I ate ____, I slept (how long) , I played with (who). Plus anything your learned that day especially songs. My daughter is constantly singing songs that I do not know the words to and still can not get from her school. But honestly you will do great. I am not sure how I happened upon your blogs, but I love it. You have so many awesome ides even if they are not all original that is ok. I can tell you have a kind heart and one that loves kids. Smile and enjoy.

Melissa said...

An email is always nice. Quick for the teacher and if there is an issue, I know to call!!

I can't wait to hear how your new job is going!

Kaye said...

I will second (or third) some of the suggestions...I appreaciate the note regarding meals/snacks as well as bathroom activities (while training) and nap times. They've stopped putting nap times on his sheets and I hate not knowing if he got good rest or not. We also can see the lesson plans posted on the wall for the month as well as get a little note like, "I made a lion today" if the artwork isn't ready to come home. Also, any disciplinary problems. Not "two times in time out" necessarily, because that could be a beast to keep up with, but something along the lines of "'child' had problems listening today" or "kept taking off shoes today."

Good luck. I know you're nervous, but all will be well.

Annikke said...

When I was a preschool teacher I did daily notes and the parents loved them, now that I have a little one preschool I enjoy the daily notes...what did she do today, what was her mood, anything special that I should know.

Christy said...

When Jackson was two, he had separation issues and would kick & scream to make me stay. He knew I'd pull him to the side and discipline him. Needless to say, I caught on to that trick real quick. His teacher was great because she would hold him and reassure him or make him sit down till he calmed down. By the time I walked outside and looked in the window, he was fine.
I really liked getting a letter at the end of the week saying what they learned that week because it's hard for a two year old to tell you what they did that day. I think a short note to highlight the child's day is great but I wouldn't expect that. I agree with some of the other comments that you shouldn't commit to calling unless there's a special need with the child. I also liked getting a list of the kids name in their class because I could ask him about his new friends at school. Plus, it helped in making treats during the holidays. I'm excited for you. I know you'll do great.

care-in said...

My dd did a prek-3 program last year and I was begging for more communication. As a teacher myself I know how much frequent communication means to parents. It could be a daily check list just letting them know the basics of how their child did (emotional, ate well, happy, etc.), a weekly newsletter of what is being taught, and make sure to tell parents things you notice about their children...things that interest them, friends they play with, areas you've seen them grow. It's hard to make time for these extra things in your day but it helps to build a routine early. A daily communication form could be very simple like a check list then at other times of the week you could do more detailed communication.

Also, I think having something for them to do when they arrive might help with separation and keeping them busy. Maybe various stations that are clearly identifiable instead of free play.

I like what Colleen said,especially about the phone calls.

I think frequent and consistent communication is the key even if it is just quick email.

You have so many great ideas I'm sure you'll do great...make sure to keep us all posted!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

When my son was two, the kids were encouraged to bring their teddy bear or other stuffed animal. Seemed to help that they had something from home to hang on to.

It always helps if the teacher has something (toy, activity) to distract the child so that they have something to go to so the parent can leave quickly.

And for me, it always helped if the teacher just took my reluctant kid from me and let me get out of the classroom. There might be tears but they will stop but the parent has to get out.

Once I was able to leave and get out of sight, my child always calmed down. But it was always helpful if the teacher helped me to make my escape!

You are going to be a great preschool teacher!!!

Twinmama+one said...

Coming out of lurking here! heehee...So my little ones I would drop off for a two hour class when they were 2. It was an early intervention speech therapy...but all the same its like preschool! They loved it and it was fun!
So I just wanted to say my favorite (days) picking them up were the days it wasn't left a mistery how they did that day regarding either what they did or learned or how they behaved. Just some kind of feed back was nice. Even the days there was a craft going home with them was enough to know what they talked about and went over that day. Although the calendar let us know that too. A note would be nice if you can. If it gets too much to be personal. The class room they were in had 3 i could usually say hi to them and get a feel for how the boys did.
Good luck!! You will do so awesome! I have loved your a SAHM its helped me along the crafts and fun things to do with my 3 year olds!! :)

Lisa said...

Love your blog and am so jealous of your new job, it is my dream job!!! Here are some thoughts I have done in the past and some that are being done in my 3 year old's preschool this year:
We are going for a 20 minute one-on-one visit with the teacher before the school year starts. The kids get to help with their nametag for their coat hook and other little things to feel at home. We also have a "playdate" at school with the other kids in the class where the parents stay to help get them used to it.
We need to bring in a family photo to be posted on their family tree so the kids can look at a picture if they want.
I have found discovery bottles (empty water bottles filled with all sorts of different things like bird seed, treasures, water, oil....) are a great thing to have on the tables the first day. The kids love them and it takes no assitance for them to play with so you can be helping others, talking to parents.....
Newsletters are definitely great and valuable to the parents to know what is going on. Also, maybe give them a time schedule for the day so they know what the basic schedule is for the kiddos.
GOOD LUCK, you will be GREAT!!!!

Melanie said...

My experience taught me that it is often harder on the moms than the kids. Sometimes the parents make it worse by staying not realizing how much harder that makes it. I used to tell the moms that if it would help they could stand outside the door as long as they wanted and that the kids were usually happy within minutes. Or to feel free to call later on in the day to check on their kids.

You can take pictures of the kids with their moms and keep those in cubbies for the kids to look at when they miss their mom.

And I also did a "what we did today" paper- what they ate, what they made, how long their naps where, when they pooped, etc. It helps moms to feel better when they know all that stuff. I had a general form ready and copied off for each child and just had to fill in time slots for the bathroom info. Then when the kids napped I could fill in the food, projects, etc. type stuff.

Alyson said...

My cousin's son just started 3's preschool, and as the parents left, the teacher handed out a Parent Survival Kit:

cotton: to remind us tat a soft voice is always better than a harsh tone.
sugar: to remind us that compassion is always sweet.
pencil: to keep the lines of communication open.
tea: to relax while listening to your children talk about their day in preschool.
kiss: a kiss is always handy.
band-aid: to heal your child's wounds, or your own, after a hard day at school or work.
tissue: to remind us that God holds all our tears in a bottle even the tears sowed through a parent's prayer for their child.
A word of encouragement: "For this child I prayed..therefore I have given him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord." (From a Mother's prayer)

We start next week...