My son loved his pacis. Since birth he has used the MAM brand. The idea of ditching the paci has been plaguing me for MONTHS, and I am not even exaggerating. Since Lincoln was about 18 months old I was debating on when and how to get rid of them. And I was dreading the day because my son is such an amazing sleeper and I was scared this would be the downfall.
I'm sure a lot of families are making the very difficult decision of whether or not you're going back to work and whether or not your children will be attending school (and how they are!). I made the decision to go back to work in early childhood education and bring my children in with me. I can go more into details on my decision at another time, but for now..here are some tips and tricks for returning or starting daycare.
My biggest suggestion is to invest is waterproof dishwasher safe labels. And then label every single thing you send into school. I'm talking each shoe, pacifiers, clothes, pouches, lunchbox...EVERYTHING. The days get busy and especially now, teachers have so much cleaning and preparing added to their plates. So make it easy on yourself and them by labeling everything and it will 100% ensure that your items make it home to you each night. I've linked the labels I created for my kids below.
A few more tips
This is ALL of our things on day one
This lesson plan is for back to school week. It provides a refresher into basic letter, shape, color, and number recognition. Children will get to know their classmates, the class routine, and enjoy a wide range of activities from movement to art and math to cooking.
+ Morning Circle Time: welcome song, learning classmate's names, count 1-20.
+ Calendar review: days of the week, the month, date, related vocabulary
+ Book of the day: "How I spent my Summer Vacation"
+ Large Group Activity: Counting 1-20, slow, fast, loud, and soft.
+ Small Group Movement Activity: Roll a rice with movements corresponding to number.
+ Small Group Activity: Trace numbers 1-5 with finger in sand.