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Separation

 

Separation is going smoothly at the Little School.  What does smoothly mean?  It means that some children are saying cheerful goodbyes to their grownups each morning, others are negotiating for five or ten more minutes and some are crying in the arms of teachers. In other words, all the children are experiencing the transition from home to school in their own ways. Teachers are learning the best ways to make each child comfortable in a new classroom.  For some, there will be a special book or puzzle.  For others, it may be important to have a few moments sitting on a teacher’s lap. In each classroom, there are children busy with playdough, blocks, paints and puzzles. Children are learning school routines, meeting new adults and other children.  They are holding hands, working together, smiling and laughing a lot. There is some grabbing and there are tears. But everything that happens during these first few weeks is laying a foundation for trust in the world of school.
 

 

Children look at their family photos


 
Getting close to teachers first


 

SUGGESTED READING

For Adults:

Starting School by Nancy Balaban

 

For Children:

You Go Away by Dorothy Corey

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Barney Is Big by Nicki Weiss

 

 

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