As the lazy, hazy days of summer wind down, the days are getting shorter and families are getting ready to send the kids back to school. This time can be filled with such mixed feelings for kids (and parents!), including excitement, nervousness, enthusiasm, trepidation, delight or sadness. Many children have a mixture of feelings all at the same time. They may be excited about seeing old friends and meeting some new ones, while being nervous to meet a new teacher, go to a bigger school or take a different bus. Some kids love the fact that they are starting a higher grade level (Fifth grade rocks! We are the kings of the school!). Then there’s the sadness that summer is ending and with it, a lot of fun and relaxation. All these feelings are totally normal, though they can make everyone act a little loopy (I’ll include teachers in this one too!). Getting these feelings out in the open is a good idea.
Books can be a great way for kids to get in touch with their feelings. When they see how a character is also going through a similar experience (new bus, new school, new friends, new lunch meat…) kids can relax a little and maybe even laugh a bit as many insightful authors tell stories about kids in school that will have you rolling on the floor laughing.
Want a great list of both picture and chapter books that you can read aloud to get your child prepped for back to school? Download my free Top 10 List of Back to School Read Alouds!
Reading aloud books about the start of school is a great way to get your child excited for the first few days. However, I like to see parents keep reading books about school for the whole first month because the transition actually takes more than just a few days. Plus, there are so many wonderful stories to share about kids in school, and many teach useful lessons, such as how to stand up to a bully, understand disabilities or accept people’s differences. See the whole first month of school as an opportunity to share read-alouds such as the ones on my Top 10 List , and your child will build confidence in his school transition way into the school year. You'll also find a few titles to add to your family's favorites to revisit annually.
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