This year we are entering kindergarten. I say we because this has become a total family affair. We’ve done everything that we could as a family to prepare our kids for the idea of starting school. We turned to workbooks, videos, and reading books to learn more about the first day. We even started our collection of first day of kindergarten books to ease the anxiety and really prepare for it.
As a mom I feel a sort of sadness seeing my first born no longer be baby but a big boy entering his school days. He will no longer be with me all day and so I know this will be an adjustment for both of us. His little sister is also having a hard time being separated from her sidekick, so these books have really helped prepare us all for the first day of kindergarten.
My parents were great at preparing me for school. I still remember them both being present with other family members. They cheered me on even when I cried and helped keep me calm on my first day of kindergarten. Though my father didn’t speak English well, he continued to make a presence at my school by walking to drop me off. He was was very involved and it made starting school easy for me. My mother was just as important at keeping my emotions in check. At home she helped start discussions on what I thought school would be like as well as picking the cutest clothes for school.
I hope to provide the same comfort for my son as he gets ready to enter Kindergarten. I’ve been preparing myself for my child to start school and I’ve talked to other mom’s to learn what I can buy or do to prepare for the first day.
Do you have someone starting school this year? Consider these 15 books to prepare for the first day of kindergarten.
How do you prepare your kids for the first day of school?
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