So your child’s preschool is planning a little excursion and you are thinking about going along. That’s great! Just know that bringing a group of preschoolers out is a lot of work, you have to make sure everyone is accounted for and behaving the whole time. They keep you on your toes! Whew! The following are some things to keep in mind to help make the trip a success:
-To make these trips possible, some schools depend on parent volunteers to drive. Let the teachers know how many children you can comfortably accomodate in your vehicle. Be aware that there may be scuffles and discipline issues along the way. You should be sure to get to the school at least half an hour before leaving. Getting all the kids organized with car seats etc… is a major undertaking.
-Keep in mind that while the children are at school, they know the rules and what is expected of them, however, during the excitement of being in new surroundings, the children can sometimes act up and get a bit unruly! Do not be hesitant to follow the teacher’s lead in setting the guidelines. It’s very important. This bring us to the subject of dealing with your own child . There have been times when a child feels they don’t have to listen to you and become totally disruptive, in this case you can either ask the teacher to take over ( we really don’t mind) or you have to be the disciplinarian and take the child away from the group for a bit with the premise they can return only if they are willing to listen to the rules. We really won’t think you’re a meanie and will appreciate you taking action. It can get awkward when a parent does nothing and a teacher has no choice but to step in to keep control.
There have been times when parents feel uncomfortable about letting their children go away from the school and this is totally understandable since the children are so young. Feel free to express your concerns and don’t feel funny about it, other accomodations can be made that day. It’s great when people and organizations can be brought to the centers to do presentations! If you have any suggestions, please let your center know! There are some great groups out there that will bring play equipment, animals, and other activities right to them. They can have fun and learn something new right within the safety of their own school!
Anyway, if you decide to hit the road with the little ones, have a safe and enjoyable trip!
~ Jackie and Jo-Jo