Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to School

Many area schools started today and others will begin tomorrow. So how have you prepared your children for heading back to school? Is this your daughter's first experience with school? Will she be heading to preschool or kindergarten this year? Maybe the transition is from half-day to full-day. Is the transition met with excitement, nervousness...or both? Sometimes just knowing ahead of time what to expect can greatly reduce the back-to-school jitters. Here are a few of my favorite back-to-school stories:
My Preschool by Anne Rockwell
Follows a little boy during his day at preschool, from cheerful hellos in circle time, to painting colorful pictures and playing at the water table, to passing out paper cups for snack.

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

Jake Starts School by Michael Wright
No one can pry a frightened Jake away from his parents on the first day of school, and so the three must watch as his classmates have fun until, at the end of the day, his teacher finally gets him to let go.

Go Home, Mrs. Beekman! by Ann Redisch Stampler
Emily Beekman is so nervous about starting school that she makes her mother promise to stay with her forever, but after Emily makes friends and settles in, she and her teacher must convince Mrs. Beekman to break her promise and stay home.

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