One of the most challenging aspects of starting a new school or a new classroom, can be the drop-off. While some children will adjust right away, there are many children who have a much harder time. While personality and temperament play a role in this, there are things we can do as parents to support our preschoolers. Preschool teacher Kate Curran offers tips on how to make this possible as smooth as possible.
Guest Information - Kate has taught preschool for over a decade, and is currently a lead teacher at Discovery Child Development Center in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Preparing for the First Day of School
First Day Tips
Going outside as a family is a great way to engage your children and explore nature. Explore your local trails, or the nature centers in your area. Below are a few of my family's favorites trails/parks to visit in the Raleigh/Durham/Cary region of North Carolina:
Cary and Morrisville Trails
Bond Park - This is a great place for families and is located in central Cary. There is a playground, picnic shelters, boat rentals, and a number of trails. The Paw Paw Trail is a great one for young children as it is the shortest loop. It also has a good amount of shade. My elementary-aged also enjoy the Pine Cone Trail, and the Lake Trail.
North Cary Park - This park has a great combination of having a fun playground and also nice walking trails. There are paved trails so it is stroller friendly.
Hemlock Bluffs - There are beautiful trails and an education center. It is a great spot for watching birds and there is a small area for young children. The Town of Cary also runs child and family nature programs there.
Lake Crabtree - This park is very close to Discovery and has two small playgrounds, and a number of trails. We love to have picnics there. Wake County also offers many programs for children and families there including a tots story hour.
-Eno River State Park - There is so much for families to explore in this 4,200 acre park. The Stir Crazy Moms' Guide to Durham gives a good over of the best spots for children.
Durham, Wake, and Chatham County - American Tobacco Trail - This trail is over 22 miles and has sections that are completely paved. The sections we have explored are flat as well.
Umstead Park (entrances in both Raleigh and Cary) - This park is filled with great trails with varying skill levels required. The Oak Rock Trail is a shorter one that many families enjoy.
Lake Johnson - There is a lot of shade on the trail and there is a large paved section that is great for both children and dogs.Connect with Preschool and Beyond
Mike Dlott is the the Director of Discovery Child Development Center in Morrisville, NC and the host of the Preschool and Beyond podcast.