Children’s book blogs: Getting ready for first day of school

Early in my series of book blogs, I reflected on lessons learned when my daughter was heading into preschool, then Kindergarten.

Now, I’m rerunning these for parents who are newly facing that situation this fall. 

Getting Ready for kindergarten

I try to base most of my book recommendations on my families’ experiences. Last summer, as my daughter prepared to start Kindergarten in the fall, I reflected on preparing her to start preschool one summer long ago. Now, that she‘s 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

This week, I’m writing about a narrow topic that may concern a few readers this summer, preparing your first child for preschool.

one-smiling-sisterMy 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. (For the full post on the Southborough Library website, click here.)

These posts were originally published on the Southborough Library website, and have been reposted here with permission. For more of my book recommendations, click here.]

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