To do: Find books, or read the recommendations below about back to school.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Reality-based books!
A curated book selection is a great way to get a “big idea” into your family consciousness. You don’t even necessarily have to speak directly about a topic like back to school or toilet training, but books help you start the conversation in a general, non-threatening way.
Today, we have a few books related to back to school time that can get you ready for your family transition. Add these books to your home library for the next month or so, and spark a discussion with your family!
– How did the main character feel going back to school?
– Is that school the same or different than your school?
– Do your friends like doing the same things as the characters in the book?
Here are our book picks! As always, we’d love to hear your recommendations as well in the Primary Chat.
Miss Nelson is Missing: This book was originally published in 1977. Do you remember it? A good-hearted look at appreciating those we love. The classroom depicted in the book is for older children, but younger children can appreciate the fun illustrations and overall sentiment.
The Name Jar: This book’s heroine is a Korean girl, starting her first year at a new school. She isn’t sure what her new classmates will think of her name, so she decides to pick a new name out of a jar. But in the end, what does she choose, and how do her classmates support her?
Welcome to Kindergarten: What will my new classroom be like? Will it be big? Scary? Welcoming? Journey along with Tim as he explores his Kindergarten classroom and decides if it’s right for him.
Additional Activity: Write a short story
Recalling all of your child’s previous accomplishments can go a long way towards making them more confident in their future endeavors.
Before starting school, write a short story about their favorite things from last school year. Then, looking ahead, what are you hopes and dreams for school this year?
For younger children: Try the books above, but if they are a bit too advanced, try any books that include trying new things, adventuring with friends, or spending a day away from mom and dad!
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