The Kindergarten Transition

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How is it possible that kindergarten has come already?  Many parents look upon the start of elementary school with some level of apprehension — and rightfully so! Starting school makes everyone nervous — kids, parents, and even teachers! Parents find themselves asking questions such as, “is my child ready? Do they have the tools they need to succeed? Will they get along with their classmates and teacher?” And, similarly, children find themselves wondering, “what will my school day be like? Will I make friends? Will I miss my family?”

Going to kindergarten with knowledge of “the basics” — ABCs, shapes, colors, numbers, etc. — will set a firm foundation on which your child will grow his or her future schooling. But even more importantly, your child should start elementary school with energy, excitement, and a healthy desire to learn! Oftentimes, this is not the case because anxiety of the unknown can be really overwhelming! Reading is a great way to help kids experience a concept that is completely new, like school — and will hopefully help make this transition smoother!  This list focuses on books that help kids acknowledge and articulate their feelings, understand the school day flow, and learn how to be a good friend.

Big Friends

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their “two-by-two rhythm” is disturbed.

Follow the Line to School

Encourages young readers to follow the line as it travels through a typical school day, including story-time, recess, library time, and show-and-tell.

Kindergarten Diary

Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.

The Kissing Hand

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

My Teacher

A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.

School Days Around the World

Allows young readers to visit with fourteen children from various countries and learn about their schools. Includes suggested activities.