[The "Book Blogs" are my love letter to children's books. The "guest blogs" were my first foray into My Southborough, back when it was run by Susan.]
Early in my series of book blogs, I reflected on lessons learned (what now seems a lifetime ago) when my daughter was heading into preschool, then Kindergarten.
As the first day of school gets ever closer, I’m rerunning these posts again for parents of kids headed to their big first days.
Getting Ready for kindergarten
(From original article in 2012): I try to base most of my book recommendations on my families’ experiences. . .
Now, that [my daughter has] graduated from Kindergarten, I’d like to share what I learned last summer.
It felt like a long journey. She started stressing out the year before. She hated the idea of leaving preschool. While she was dead set against it, I mostly avoided the topic. When she finally came around to the idea toward the end of preschool, I found books to reinforce her positive feelings and avoid her regressing.
In the end, she was excited about everything, including her first bus ride, which she gleefully breezed onto. (For the full article, including book choices, click here.)
Pre-Preschool: Suggested Reading
(From original article in 2011): This week, I’m writing about a narrow topic that may concern a few readers this summer, preparing your first child for preschool.
My daughter has just graduated preschool after three wonderful years. As we prepare for kindergarten, I keep remembering how nervous I was about how she would handle preschool. (She never even had a babysitter beyond her grandparents.)
As it turned out, she sailed in the first day and has never looked back.
I don’t know exactly why that worked, but I like to think that my approach of preparing helped. That summer we read several books about preschool and talked about them so she would know what to expect. From that experience, I’d like to share my favorite books on that topic. (Most of these are available at the Southborough Library.) [click to keep reading…]