My afternoon class with 4 year olds went well the first day. Several are returning students from last year and I have a couple of new ones. One has done really well, but one is having trouble adjusting to being there. I think it's really separation anxiety. He was apprehensive about his mom and dad leaving on the first day. He did okay, but wouldn't look at me or talk to me for about the first 20-30 minutes of class. Once he started though, he warmed up just fine. He missed the next day of class (they come two days a week). So today was the first day I had him back. It did not go well! His mom brought him in and he just seemed like he wasn't too excited to be there. He played with play dough a little then decided he was done. When his mom tried to leave, he freaked out. I had to hold on to him so she could go. I couldn't let go of him or he would have run for the door (we have really small classes and no assistants). It was a struggle to hang on to him. He's not a big child, but he was really strong and determined! It took about 30 minutes before he finally stopped crying. The teacher next door came in to distract my students for a while then ended up taking him out of the room for about 15 minutes. Once he was back in and calmed down he was fine again. Any ideas of what I can do? This is my second year teaching preschool. I've taught kindergarten and first grade before. I've had some criers, but none that tried to take off! Obviously without an assistant I can't go through this everyday. We are thinking about having the dad drop him off instead of the mom. Also, she brought him in really early--he was the first one. I was thinking of maybe asking her to bring him later once more kids are in class. Maybe it will seem more appealing to join others already in the room doing something. I also thought about asking her if she can come up with some ideas of things he really enjoys. Maybe if I can have some activities out for the kids to work on that are appealing to him, he will be distracted enough by them that he will not be so upset about being left. Any other ideas? I am hoping it gets better soon!!