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Little Hands Nursery & Kindergarten School
c/o Yocumtown Church of God
160 Red Mill Road
Etters, PA 17319

Phone: (717) 932-2397
Email: info@littlehandsnurseryschool.com

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35 Short Drive
Etters, PA 17139

   

Preschool Daze

"Below is an article "Preschool Daze" from Working Mother Magazine from 1999. Although it's a little dated, it contains great info for getting ready to send your little one off to preschool for the first time."

Preschool Daze
FOUR MUST-KNOWS THE TEACHER WON'T TELL YOU BEFORE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DAY (HINT: THE CLASS HAMSTER WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE) BY KAHN SHELTON

IT'S A BIG DEAL WHEN YOUR CHILD STARTS NURSERY SCHOOL so take my advice: Don't go into it unprepared, as we did. Believe me, there will be several things the nursery school teachers neglect to mention during your various visits. Here's just some of what you're bound to discover within the first few months:

YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT SAYING GOODBYE. You've probably managed to go your whole life saying "Bye, have a nice day" to people and then getting away. This doesn't work at nursery school. Your child clings piteously to your legs, wailing for you to participate in the fun class activities.

By the time school has been in session for two weeks, your kid requires that you read two books, do a puzzle, sing a song, draw a picture, build a block tower and then do some Irish clog dancing before you can leave. In fact, the nursery school director is thinking of charging your family extra because she suspects you're hanging around for the snack. Do yourself a favor now. Practice saying "Bye!" and then running. YOU ARE NOT SO WONDERFUL AFTER ALL. somehow, it turns out that the teacher is now the Most Wonderful Human Ever Put on Earth, and you well, you're about as popular as belly-button lint.

I remember the first day I that my status had slipped. We were two months into the school year when three-year-old Stephanie got into the car at the end of the day and said, "So, how many worms did you save today?" The answer was zero, of course.

"Hmmm," she sniffed. My teacher saved five. She took them off the sidewalk and put them in the wet grass. She saved their lives because she cares about poor little things like worms."

Later, Stephanie said that if I really cared about worms, should ask my boss for some time off from work. I explained that, sadly, the newspaper where I work doesn't give time off for saving little creatures. Her eyes narrowed as she looked at me. "I don't think you ever saved a worm in your whole life," she said.

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