Most preschools are generally more than willing to accommodate parents who wish to make their child's birthday super special. If your child's birthday is coming up soon on a school day, it's important that you speak with the preschool teachers ahead of time in order to determine whether the school allows celebrations to be hosted during class hours and whether there are any rules that need to be followed. Here are 3 types of questions that you should ask the teacher in order to better prepare for the day.
The Time of Day Best for Celebrations
Don't just show up unexpected with treats or with birthday celebrations whenever you have time. All preschools have set schedules, and the teachers plan the activities for each day ahead of time. You don't want to bring celebratory snacks or treats at a time when the teachers are busy teaching the kids certain concepts or skills and interrupt the lesson that the teachers may have spent a long time planning and preparing for. It'll also be hard for the children to get back into the lesson after the interruption.
Speak with your child's teacher ahead of time to determine what the best time to show up may be. If you have a busy schedule, you might want to ask for several options to see what works best for you on the day. For example, you should see what are the best times to show up in the morning and in the afternoon.
Whether There Are Any Food Allergies or Snack Recommendations
There's no better way to celebrate than to bring along some snacks and treats. Before you bring a platter of vegetables or cupcakes to the preschool, make sure that there are no food restrictions that you need to keep in mind. You should ask your child's teacher for recommendations and for some insight as to whether there are any food allergies that you need to be aware of. You also should consider the amount of snacks that you should bring. Ideally, you should have something for everyone.
There are many different types of snacks that you can bring. While cake is quite popular for celebrating birthdays, you might want to reconsider. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that preschoolers consume no more than 170 calories of sugar a day, and a slice of cake could easily exceed that amount. Instead, you might want to opt for some healthier options. This may include a selection of different types of fruits, vegetables and dip, cheese and crackers and other healthy alternatives.
Whether Any Decorations Are Allowed
Depending on whether you have time, you could also make your child's day special by spending some time to decorate the classroom. You might want to stick some birthday banners on the wall, or you might want to bring some birthday balloons to the classroom. Depending on the size and layout of the classroom, there might be some restrictions to the type of decorations that you can use. The decorations add another element of festivity.
If you want to decorate the classroom, you'll need to plan ahead of time with the teacher. You'll need to determine the type of decoration that is most suitable for the classroom and the best time to decorate. Don't forget that you'll also need to remove the decorations at the end of the day.
If you want to celebrate your child's birthday with them at school, you'll need to plan ahead of time and speak with your child's teacher to determine what is most appropriate and suitable for the classroom. Work out all the details, and your day will be a lot smoother.
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