Pre-K teachers have a deep understanding about the importance of making children feel welcome on the first day of school. For them and for the children, the welcome sets the positive tone for the year ahead. There are many forms of welcome and much depends on the regulations of the individual program where their pre-K classrooms are located. In some programs, parents can be welcomed into the classroom to ease entry for the children. In others, parents may not be allowed inside the classroom and the teacher/child welcome will take place in the lobby. Some programs can accommodate a staggered entry with half the class coming in the morning and half in the afternoon.
Others will have the whole class come together on the first morning of the new year. Whatever the parameters or constraints, pre-K teachers over the years have devised wonderful welcomes for children.