L.R. asks from Concord, MI on August 10, 2009
What to Pack in Backpack for Preschooler
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Thanks for all the great advice, like always. The reason he is going full days is I have a farm and have to get the crops in so we are going to try full days to start and see how it goes.
I am going to parenting classes myself and tonight is my second night of six. :)
H.S. answers from Detroit on August 13, 2009
It varies from pre-school to pre-school, but usually they recommend a complete change of clothes labeled with the child's name on it, a second pair of shoes, a small travel pillow and small blanket for nap time; a lunch (again label the lunch box). If you call the pre-school and ask someone, they'll be able to tell you exactly what they recommend you send with him. Good luck!
L.B. answers from Detroit on August 10, 2009
Check with the school if there are specifics they require. If not, a few suggestions...
1) Complete change of clothes (Incl. Shoes)
2) A picture of you/family (Let the Teacher know its in there. It can help if he gets a little sad.)
**Avoid taking a favorite/can't live without item-Even the best schools can misplace or put away in the wrong backpack.**
3) A sweater (As the weather changes the classrooms sometimes get chilly)
4) If he's a napper, Blanket/sheet
5) Food? Or do they supply snacks & meal? Beverages? Do they have a refrigerator? If not, ice packs in a lunch box.
Hope this helps! :o)
A.O. answers from Detroit on August 12, 2009
For a 4 year old at all day preschool, you should pack some basic items. The preschool will likely have a list, if you contact them. Basics are - a folder that he can put papers in to bring home, a water bottle, a favorite toy (as long as the teacher feels it's not a distraction), a small pack of tissues, etc. Nothing that will make it too heavy. Hope that helps. Blessings...
M.H. answers from Detroit on August 10, 2009
I would keep it as simple as possible. With both my sons I have sent just a full change of clothes. In the warmer weather I put in a baseball cap and in the cold weather a winter hat and gloves, also change of footwear. Find out what the pre-school provides in the way of food and if he needs to take a snack. They may actually have a list with suggested supplies which are needed.
In my experience (my sons went to different preschools) they provided everything except a change of clothes.
I always put the change of clothes inside a ziploc bag (with their name on it) so that any soiled clothes can be sent home in that same bag.
I also label the clothes, just put his name on the label.
Things get easily misplaced with so many kids in one area so send as litle as possible and especially try to avoid sending him with any of his toys.
I really admire what you are doing for your grandson, good luck. :)
R. answers from Detroit on August 12, 2009
Those are all great response that you received I skimmed through the majority of them the only thing I did not notice was a disposable carmera. Let the teacher/staff know its there-that way when something amazing happens at school they will be able to take a picture for you. Other than the change of clothes everything else (in my opinion) is gravy...most school will provide a plethora of info before school start. Enjoy.
R.A. answers from Detroit on August 12, 2009
A complete change of clothes including socks and shoes, underwear. If your 4 year old says, but Grandma/Grandpa I do not have accidents anymore I am a big boy. Then remind him that someone might spill something on him which is why he needs a complete change of clothes. A sweater/sweatshirt incase he gets cold.
Other than that they will send a list of anything else, though the above is probably on the list. Really my daughter last year only used the back pack for projects, and the spare clothes.
L.N. answers from Benton Harbor on August 10, 2009
I wouldn't send a backpack with a preschooler unless your school suggests it. In that case, they will give you a list of what he needs for the day.
Our preschool gave out identical bags to each child with their name in big white letters. Anything that needed to go home or be taken to school went in the bag. We were on a rotation schedule for snacks.
I would wait and see what the school suggests.
L.J. answers from Detroit on August 11, 2009
i would pack a change of clothes that you can leave in the backpack, other than that you shouldn't need anything, the preschool will do crafts and what not and put that in the backpack to come home.
L.C. answers from Lansing on August 11, 2009
Great responses!! Adding on to what another poster said about his "can't live without" item like a blanket or animal, I agree. Don't risk it. My daughter took her beloved baby and blanket to preschool everyday and while most days it was ok there were more than a few times she forgot it and panic insued. Your best bet is right now start mentioning that his favorite loveys will stay at home (or in his car seat if he's REALLY attached) while he is at school, but ask who he would like to take instead. Someone who can stay at school in his cubby. Good luck! My little guy is starting preschool this year as well :)