Transitioning Back to School

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The halls of our school buildings are coming alive once again with bright colors and laughter. Teachers, Administrators, parents, and guardians are once again beginning to get their routines adjusted with the morning changes of the transition back to school.

Many children are excited to go to school and do new activities with friends and teachers. Some children are overwhelmed and sometimes afraid with the transition from home to school. As we embark on a new school year, we are seeing more and more children that are anxious or have a diagnosis, than in past years. Teachers are equipped with educational tools, and bags of tricks, to help our families with the process of bringing children back to school for a six-hour day.

Parents and guardians are welcomed to volunteer in our classrooms and provide some support to the classroom. Our teachers provide parents and guardians with helpful tasks throughout the day that support daily transitions. Our teachers are also able to use curriculum materials and resources to guide children through difficult times of managing their emotions. The children soon begin to parallel play and engage in activities while adults are in close proximity. The children begin to form new friendships and trust is built between home and school. As the school days continue, skills are taught and learned to prepare for the next transition to Kindergarten.

When you hear children in our hallways, it may be a fun filled activity or a child who needs a little extra support and love. Our teachers are making their best effort to ensure the children are transitioning at their own pace with all the support they need. We look forward to a fun filled year as we build relationships with parents and families!

By: Gina Bowen Fayette County Head Start CDE Classroom Manager