My daughter is heading to Kindergarten next year. New school, new kids, new teachers...all of this may add up to a touch of anxiety on her part (and let's face it: me too). One way to get her used to all of these changes to come in September: see some favorite characters deal with the same things in books. There are the usual suspects that tackle the topic (The Berenstein Bears, Dora, and others), but I found some other must-reads for your kids heading to a new school.
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin - I love the Pete the Cat books and this one doesn't disappoint. It gives a good overview of what all kids will find at school, with a groovy rhythm to keep it light. And you can sing the book while driving to school when nerves may be a little heavy.
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child - Another series that is a favorite in our house, this one has big brother Charlie helping Lola get ready for her first day of school. She's nervous and makes up excuse after excuse as to why she doesn't want to go. In the end, of course, she goes and realizes how great it can be.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes - A perfect intro to the social scene of school, Henkes gives us the tale of Chrysanthemum, who loves her name, but discovers not everyone thinks it is so great. Learning how to deal with teasing and what to do when sometimes days aren't so ideal on the playground, as well as fantastic self-esteem lessons are all captured here.
Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. Leak - Right, I cry every time I read this, but it is a must-read for any kiddo who needs a little extra help to make it through the day apart from the loved ones. I used the "kissing hand" technique with my kiddo in preschool and may try it again in a few weeks...and I may need a few tucked into my hand as well.
Are your kids going to new schools this year? How are you helping them with the nerves?
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