Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies
Whether your child has been at home with mom or in a home care center, the transition to a structured preschool environment can be traumatic, both for mother and child. There are some children who transition without missing a beat! Others may have those “jitters” and need a little coaxing to help. Here are some suggestions to make the transition a bit easier:
- After your initial tour, visit the center with your child. Meet his/her new teacher and let your child experience the environment. Encourage him to roam the room, maybe holding your hand.
- Allow your child to see your enthusiasm for the new preschool. This reassures him that you trust those who will provide safety and security while he is there.
- Talk about his first day as a “celebration” – an important step in his growing independence. Help him choose a new outfit for the day.
- When the “celebration day” arrives, make the ride to school a fun one – sing songs, play “Look and See”, etc. to distract him.
- Finally, give your child your full attention. Leave the cell phone in the car. This is your child’s special day! Plan a trip for ice cream, pizza, whatever is his favorite – for pick-up time.
These helpful hints should make his/her celebration day a grand one! Celebrate your child taking a big step into a new world!