You just registered your child for their first year of preschool! When you receive your policies and procedures handbook, you may also get a calendar. Cause you really need more junk lying around right?
Here’s what you can expect with a preschool calendar, so you know ahead of time not to toss it to the side.
If you receive a physical copy of your child’s preschool calendar, it may come decorated in a fun theme! A lot of preschool teachers organize their curriculum by themes, and calendars are a fun way to share what the month’s theme will be with you.
If you don’t receive a physical copy of a calendar, you’ll probably find an online version that’s color coded and may or not not be themed, but will definitely be informative.
If you register early enough, you may receive the very first month’s calendar. This month’s calendar will include information about parent orientations before school starts, and have a reminder of the first day of school.
If your child’s preschool goes on field trips, then they will be listed in the school calendar so you have plenty of time to prepare in advance. Some schools provide free field trips, and some may cost a little extra. If you need to work a field trip into your budget, then it’s great to know about in advance.
Even if your child is going to online preschool, they still may go on field trips! If you see “trip to museum” on your child’s online preschool schedule, then they will be exploring the museum virtually! There’s a ton of awesome virtual field trips available that can allow your child to explore places they may not be able to go in real life.
Any days that your child’s preschool is planned to be closed will be listed on your calendar. You can refer to your calendar to find out what holidays your child’s preschool will be closed, and when they will return to school from longer holiday breaks like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Preschool’s also close for the day occasionally for teacher work days, so staff can take care of things that need to be done without students in the building. These infrequent closures will be listed in your calendar.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Another reason schools may close for the day is to dedicate a day to speaking with parents about their student’s progress. School’s usually have these conferences 1-2 times a year, and give you the opportunity to spend about 10-30 minutes discussing your child’s development.
You definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance to see your little one dress up and sing some cute songs, so any programs your child will be a part of will be marked in the calendar. Of course, you won’t actually get the chance to forget about it while your preschooler practices singing “jingle bells” on repeat.
Preschool teachers will perform assessments through the school year to find out what each child has learned. They will usually start out with an assessment at the beginning of the year so they know the best way to teach your child for the rest of the year.
Assessment days will be listed in the calendar so you know about them, but they’re nothing to worry about. Your child’s teacher just needs to make sure that your child is getting the most out of class.
Picture day is a great chance to get your little one dressed up in their best outfit and send them off to have the memory of their preschool year captured beautifully. Picture day will be marked in your calendar so you have plenty of time to pick out that perfect outfit.
Your preschooler made it through a whole year of preschool! This momentous day will be marked on the very last month of your preschool calendar, along with your child’s very first graduation date! If your preschool’s graduation will be in a later month then you may receive information about it at another time.
Now that you know what to expect with a preschool calendar, clear a spot on the fridge, and display it as a proud reminder of all the awesome stuff your child is doing in preschool!