Imagine beginning your day by spilling a cup of coffee in your car on the way to work. You may have to pull over to clean yourself off, return home to put on a different shirt, vacuum your car mats and then show up late for work. By the time you arrive, you’re frustrated and distracted; feelings that carry through the rest of your day.
If one small incident like that can throw off the rest of your day, imagine what it can to do a preschooler.
Morning arrival is one of the most important aspects of a preschooler’s day because it sets the tone for the remainder of the school day. When students arrive to preschool early, they have time to put away their belongings, share a story with their teacher and say goodbye to their parents without rushing. Allocating time for morning arrival allows preschoolers to feel secure and comfortable in their environment. This self-assurance will be especially important when they go to kindergarten.
Preparing Preschoolers for Kindergarten Morning Arrival
Kindergarten teachers generally have morning routines that do not involve the accompaniment of parents. By the time a child reaches kindergarten-age, he or she should be able to hang their coat, turn in assignments and begin the day’s activities on their own. Preschool prepares children for this type of independence.
Preschool morning arrival usually consists of parents bringing their children to the classroom, greeting and conversing with the teacher, helping the students put away their coats and backpacks, maybe taking them to the bathroom and then getting them started with the day’s activities. Parents are able to help teach their children this routine and reinforce it each day. That way, by the time they go to kindergarten having a morning routine will be second nature.
Why Preschool Morning Arrival is So Important
Teachers set aside time for morning arrival because it is a critical part of the beginning to the school day. It gives students the time to wind down and settle in to the classroom and their surroundings. Feeling comfortable in their new environment is important at the preschool age. Structure and routine allow young children to feel secure and confident. Once a preschooler feels comfortable with the classroom and the teacher, he or she can focus on learning.
Students who arrive to preschool on time or early have a chance to socialize with each other and develop new friendships. They can take the time to play and converse with new friends who walked in at the same time they did. Parents will also have a chance to meet the moms and dads of the other students in their child’s class.
Morning Arrival is for Teachers, Too
Morning arrival gives the teacher time to meet the families of the students and gain some insight on them. The teacher may ask parents how the student slept or what he ate for breakfast in order to gauge how receptive he will be in class that day. She may also take this time to learn about her students’ personal lives and health.
Some preschool teachers plan table time or group activities during morning arrival to keep students active while others walk in. Working with their hands allows students to calm down and focus before the structured learning begins. If all her students arrive on time, the teacher will then be able to give instructions about the day’s first activity, or discuss the schedule for the school day.
Getting your young student to preschool on time for morning arrival is not only important for your child, but for the class as a whole. It gets the day started on the right foot and provides time for getting organized and settling in.