The ‘Back to School’ ads are gearing up (a little early, if you ask those of us who teach, but I digress…) For parents of little ones starting school for the first time, one way to help prepare is through viewing this special milestone through the eyes of others who have been there. Join these characters and their families on their first days of school by checking out the stories below:
Experience excitement along with Franklin as he prepares for his first day of school, and ride the waves of anxiety he experiences while he waits for the bus when the big day arrives. Franklin shows children that ‘this too shall pass’. Go to school with Froggy and Sister Bear for the very first time and experience it from a fresh perspective. Did you notice that every child’s first experience seems in many ways different, and somehow similar to others?
These stories boast upbeat language and rhythm along with a humorous look at the preparation and jitters associated with starting school. With colorful pictures to draw kids in and laughter to ease tension, they are great picks for putting everyone at ease.
Great books for easing anxiety:
These are the encouraging, warm-fuzzy books when subtle just isn’t quite enough.
The Kissing Hand is a sweet story of a mother Raccoon reassuring her child that has comforted millions suffering with separation anxiety over the past twenty years. Older sibling wisdom gives I Am Too Absolutely Small for School its authenticity while Llama Llama Misses Mama offers the reassurance that parents do return at the end of the day to pick up their children.
Will I Have a Friend addresses a very real concern for kids at this time of year, in particular.
Do you have some favorite stories to recommend? Please share in the comments!