Tips for Handling the First Day of Preschool in Jacksonville
Even if your preschooler will only be away from home for a few hours, the first day of school is a big step for someone wearing such small shoes. Help your child be ready for preschool with these tips.
The preschool classroom has a fun setting that focuses on your child’s development of new skills as their use of language grows daily, and their math and science reasoning ability begins to take off. Now that your child has experienced success with potty training and other preparatory activities, they are now ready to move on to the next level. Rattles to Tassels is a multidisciplinary learning center that works hard to ensure the success of your child’s individual skills and to help them further discover their new interests in academics and creative thinking through art expressions and outdoor learning while at play.
First Day Of Preschool Tip 1 – Don’t Rush
No one likes to race through their morning routine, especially when it’s the first time you are doing something. Your preschooler is no different. Be sure to get everyone up at a reasonable hour. Allow time for eating breakfast and tantrums.
First Day Of Preschool Tip 2 – Arrive Early
Arriving early allows time for your preschooler to get familiar with the classroom and spend a little one on one time with the teacher before everyone else arrives. It also allows time for your child to settle in before the action starts. The first day can be overwhelming for your child. It’s important for you to help make the process be as stress-free as possible.
First Day Of Preschool Tip 3 – Put On A Happy Face
You may be just as nervous as your child on the first day of preschool. Remember that nerves are contagious. Try to remain calm and supportive so that your child feels confident when s/he walks into the classroom.
First Day Of Preschool Tip 4 – Be Supportive, Keep Goodbyes Short
Never sneak out when your preschooler is looking away. Always say goodbye and tell them when you will be back to pick him or her up. Remember, it’s normal for kids to have a meltdown when it’s time to separate (though many don’t). Even if your child is screaming like a banchee, chances are s/he will be fine five minutes after you walk out the door. If it takes time for your little one to adjust, so don’t panic. The preschool teachers at Rattles to Tassels Learning Center have seen it all and we know just what to do. Don’t ever be afraid to ask one of our teachers for help getting your child comfortable with preschool.
About Rattles to Tassels Learning Center
Rattles to Tassels Learning Center is a high quality preschool in Jacksonville, Florida, on the Southside. We offer preschool, infant daycare, toddler child care, VPK and Summer VPK programs. Our preschool programs are led through a mixture of creative play, song and dance, planned activities, arts and crafts, and daily outside play activities. We provide daycare for children between the ages of 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Contact us today to schedule a tour.
Prepare Your Child for the Future with FREE VPK and Summer VPK Education Programs in Jacksonville
Early learning programs, like VPK and Summer VPK at Rattles to Tassels Learning Center, can have a positive impact on your child’s future.
About VPK at Rattles to Tassels Learning Center
VPK stands for Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Programs. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida’s FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program. If your child turns 4 years of age after September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida’s FREE Summer VPK education program.
Benefits of Early Learning and VPK Programs:
- The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the time your child is 5 years old.
- Your child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured learning programs like Summer VPK fosters the ability for later success in school and life.
- Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in Rattles to Tassels’ high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
- Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.
Highlights of the Rattles to Tassels VPK Program
VPK and Summer VPK are FREE for all children who live in Florida.
- No registration fee.
- Parents can choose a participating provider, like Rattles to Tassels.
- Early language and literacy focus.
School Year VPK Enrollment – If your child turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child qualifies for the VPK program during the school year.
Summer VPK Enrollment – If your child turns 4 after September 1, your child qualifies for the Summer VPK program.
VPK Education Program Curriculum
- Focuses on reading, writing and social skills.
- Prepares children to be ready for Kindergarten.
Rattles to Tassels VPK Program Options
- Option 1: School Year VPK – 540 instructional hours
- Option 2: Summer VPK – 300 instructional hours
All VPK Programs are required by law to meet certain standards. The ratios are 1 instructor to 11 children. The class size will not exceed 20 children in the school year program and will not exceed 12 children in the summer program. All VPK instructors are required to have a minimum of a child development associate for the school year program and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related fields for the summer program. We are very proud that our VPK teachers are very experienced and typically exceed the State’s requirements for teaching VPK and Summer VPK.
About Rattles to Tassels Learning Center
Rattles to Tassels Learning Center is a new and exciting daycare and preschool in Jacksonville, located on the Southside. We offer infant daycare, toddler child care, preschool, VPK and Summer VPK programs. Our child care center programs are led through a mixture of creative play, song and dance, planned activities, arts and crafts, and daily outside play activities. We provide child care for children between the ages of 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Our VPK program is available to four year old children who have had a birthday before September 1st of each school year. Our Jacksonville Summer VPK program is for 4 year old children whose birthday was after the September 1st cut off. Rattles to Tassels Learning Center also offers an excellent Jacksonville Summer Camp for children between the ages of 5 to 7 years old. Contact us today to schedule a tour.
Come check out an awesome VPK program. It’s a great place for your child to increase their learning and prepare for kindergarten. VPK begins on Monday, August 24, 2015. We still have a few openings.
Our new VPK Class starts on August 24, 2015. Register now because space is limited and our classroom fills up very quickly. Come check out an awesome VPK program for 4 year olds in Southside Jacksonville! Learn More
Don’t miss our Summer VPK Enrollment Deadline of June 8th – 8:30 AM! Our Summer VPK Program offers your child the same curriculum as our School Year VPK Program, It’s just through the summer rather than the school year. Your child will enjoy a fun summer educational experience all day long.
If your child was not old enough to enroll in school year VPK, this is your chance to take advantage of our FREE VPK program.