These books offer helpful tips for beginning the new school year and learning more about observing the children in your program:

The Power of Observation by Judy Jablon, Amy Laura Dombro, Margo L. Dichtelmiller (Teaching Strategies, Inc.,]1999; $19.95) explores the connection between observing and effective teaching in child care centers, preschool, family home care, and elementary schools.

Starting School: From Separation to Independence by Nancy Balaban (Teachers College Press, 1990; $15.95) provides information on how to make children and parents adjust to new school experiences.

Share these books with the children in your program to help them overcome fears and anxieties about new friends and school experiences:

Back To School by Maja Ajmera (Charlesbridge, 2001; $15.95) A nonfiction book of photographs describing school life in 37 countries. Ages 4-8.

David Goes To School* by David Shannon. (Scholastic Inc.; $15.95) David is a high-energy boy who fills each school day with trouble. The illustrations appeal to children because they visualize the way children draw. Ages 4-8.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg (Charlesbridge, 2000; $6.95) In this story, you believe Sarah Jane is a child frightened to attend the first day of school-but there's a surprise on the last page! Ages 4-8.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson (Puffin, 2001; $6.99) When Henry gets to school, he's not so sure he's ready for kindergarten. A humorous, encouraging story for children about to enter kindergarten. Ages 3-6.

Making Friends: A Mister Rogers' First Experience Book by Fred Rogers (Putnam, 1996; $6.99) Children begin to share themselves with others as they change from playing side by side to playing and sharing together. Ages 4-8.

My First Day of Nursery School by Becky Edwards (Bloomsbury, 2002; $15.95) Children and parents who are anxious about the transition to child care programs will find comfort with this book. Ages 3-6.

Tiptoe Into Kindergarten* by Jacqueline Rogers (Scholastic Inc.; $10.95) A young preschooler accompanies her big brother to kindergarten and discovers a fun place filled with blocks and books, paints and puzzles. Ages 3-7.

Will I Have A Friend? by Miriam Cohen (Aladdin, 1989;$4.99) Jim's anxieties on his first day of school are quickly forgotten when he makes a new friend at naptime. Ages 4-6.

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