Heading off to school for the very first time is an exciting but scary idea for most kids. Many may be leaving their parents for the first time. New schools mean new rules, new friends, and new worries. I’ve always found that the easiest way to explain new situations to my own kids is through reading about them in books. The books below help to tackle different ideas – missing mom, anxiety about meeting new people or learning about what teachers do to get ready for school. These are the perfect stories for the first day of school.
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This clever tale is written about School as he witnesses children and teachers using his facilities for the very first time. He is a little nervous as some say they don’t want to be there, but he starts to learn what the children learn and laugh at the jokes they tell. (He also wrote The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors –which we reviewed here.)
Using the letters of the alphabet, we meet each kid in the class as they get ready for school. We see Miss Bindergarten get ready for school by cleaning, organizing and decorating her classroom.
Wemberly worries all the time, but she is especially worried about school. This story tackles the difficult topic of children with anxiety. This was particularly helpful for my oldest child who has some anxiety in day-to-day situations but a lot of anxiety in new situations. He could relate to Wemberly and her feelings which opened a nice discussion for us.
Little Racoon is heading off to school for the first time but is worried that he won’t feel comfortable in his new surroundings. Mrs. Racoon teaching him about the kissing hand so that he can have a piece of home in his heart wherever he goes. This is a must read in my opinion.
The beloved Berenstain Bears are back at it and tackling a new issue as only they can. Sister Bear is off to school for the first time. I like that this story tackles the bus ride too – that can be very nerve racking for some children.
George gets to go to school to be a special helper. He hands out balls, gives out the snacks, and helps with math. Soon though, he gets into trouble with the paints. All the kids pitch in to help George clean, a wonderful lesson about helping others.
It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool and he is overwhelmed with feelings. He is trying to get used to the new toys and new surroundings but he just misses his mama. Soon he learns that it’s OK to love mama and have fun at school too.
Mr. Fish can’t figure out where to go, he can’t figure out how to write and he can’t figure out how to draw. He doesn’t think he belongs or is smart enough so his frown comes out as he thinks he wouldn’t ever get it right. Finally, his teacher come out to find him and she tells him he IS smart, he WILL get it, he DOES belong.
In true dinosaur fashion, this story teaches the rights and wrongs of good behavior at school. This is especially good for boys who are prone to acting up. While Wemberly Worried was best for my oldest, this one was made for my youngest. 😉