My two oldest kids started preschool this week. As I was dropping them off at preschool there was a little girl screaming and crying for her mother. She wasn't super excited to be going to preschool apparently.
However, my kiddos just walked right in with no hesitation; they didn't even turn around to wave goodbye. Ouch! I guess I should be glad that they were ready for this, and I was mostly ready (a little sad of course). It probably helps that my 3 year old gets to go with his big 4 year old sister, but still they were both pumped. School was going to be great!
They were excited for school, and I love that they were. However, not all kids are excited for school. Some parents have the "worriers" that worry about anything and everything from friends to forgetting to wear pants. Other kids just aren't sure what to expect so they are a bit apprehensive. There are also a few kids that are super sad to leave their parents or siblings. Basically there are a lot of reasons a child wouldn't be super excited and willing to start school.
I have found reading books about going to school really helps my kids and a lot of other kids. It is a type of bibliotherapy; just another reason books are so fantastic.
If you have a child starting school soon, or your child is still nervous about starting Preschool or Kindergarten check out some of these books. These are the BEST books in my opinion for starting school. However, almost every book character series out there has at least one book on "going to school" so you can grab a favorite character book as well.
A Book List for the First Time in School Jitters
For the worry wart in your life, this book will help them have a bit more confidence going into school. Wemberly is worried about school and every aspect, but as soon as she gets there she realizes there was no need to worry.
Best for Kindergarten to 2nd grade.
A classic old school picture book character that boys and girls alike can enjoy. The story is okay, but my favorite part is the bad dream he has about missing the bus and then going to school in his underwear. I also like his mention of the one word he knows to read, his name.
Best for toddlers to Kindergarten.
There are a lot of How Do Dinosaur books out there about all sorts of subjects. If you’re kids are like mine and enjoy watching Dinosaur Train and reading Yolen’s dinosaur books then this school one should definitely be read. It talks more of behavior during school, which is helpful for some kids.
Best for preschool to Kindergarten.
Chester Raccoon is scared to start Kindergarten and his mom teaches him how to always have her love with him. It’s a long and wordy book you can read with your nervous or apprehensive child.
Best for kids in 1st or 2nd grade or a parent or teacher read aloud.
Another great book for the worried, apprehensive, or nervous child about starting school. Chu is a lovable Panda, but he still worries about school and other kids liking him b/c of his sneeze. This book, by a seasoned author has adorable pictures a good story line you and your kids will enjoy and laugh at.
Best for kids Preschool to 1st grade.
Lola and Charlie are characters children, boys and girls alike, love to read about, and there are plenty of books to read about them. The pictures are cartoonish and fun, and the story is engaging with the message clearly getting across. the message Child is trying to get across definitely does. Lola is nervous to start school and stubbornly declares she is not big enough even though her parents think she is. Charlie is a nice big brother trying to calm her concerns. The young toddlers will enjoy this book.
Best for preschool to 1st grade.
Splat is a fun loving cat that kids are sure to love. Splat is worried for the first day of school. He brings Seymour, his pet mouse, for some extra comfort. Having a mouse at cat school is problematic, and an adventure ensues. It’s a fun read and series, with a fun character your child is sure to love.
Best for toddlers to 2nd grade.
This books is not only perfect for soon to be Kindergartners, but it is also an ABC concept book. A fun read aloud for teachers and parents with great pictures kids will love to "read" themselves.
Best for preschool and kindergartners.
Reading the right books can help kids, and parents, have less worries, fears, and stress about the first day of school.
Happy First Day in School and Happy First Time in School Jitters Bibliotherapy reading!