The summer is now over and we are in full swing of the school year! The first month when school starts again 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 have started a new grade level (Fifth grade rocks! We are the kings of the school!). Then there’s the sadness that summer has ended 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 great authors tell stories about kids in school that will have you rolling on the floor laughing.
Want a great list of picture books 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 here!
Keep it Going!
Reading aloud books about the start of school is a great way to get your child excited for the first few days. But I like to see parents keep reading books about school for the whole first month because the transition takes more than just a few days. Plus, there are so many wonderful stories to share about kids in school, and many teach great 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 list here, and your child will build confidence in his school transition way into the school year.