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July 17, 2018

Helping Young Students Transition to the Next Grade: Movin' on Up!

By Scholastic Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Let's face it: transitions are never easy. Even when we're looking forward to a change, it's always challenging and sometimes it's downright scary. When it comes to our students, graduating to the next grade is doubly fraught. For older kids who have experienced moving up a level, the anxiety is happily balanced with anticipation of new friends and new classes (and more clout!), but for our very youngest students, special care is called for.

    The following books help ease early learners into making the step from what they're used to, to an exciting leap up. By focusing on the familiar and helping kids understand that their new environment won't be all that different, we can lessen fears and help make entering the new grade so much easier — even something to look forward to.

     

    Kindergarten, Here I Come!

    By acknowledging that all kids are feeling nervous Kindergarten, Here I Come helps your earliest learners understand that they are not alone! By focusing on the activities that go on in a typical kindergarten classroom, this fast-moving story helps build anticipation for the fun that awaits.

     

    The Kissing Hand

    One of the most difficult parts to starting school is the separation from home and family. This charming story and sweet illustrations offer a tender solution for both parent and child — and for the early childhood teacher helping students say good-bye to their preschool home. Chester Raccoon is an adorable and relatable character.

     

    On the First Day of Kindergarten

    For young kids leaving their first year of preschool, the prospect of starting kindergarten can sound vague. Here is a fun take on the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that employs repetition as it describes various activities that might take place during the first days of kindergarten.

     

    On Our Way to First Grade

    As Ben worries about leaving old friends and habits he has made in kindergarten, he queries his teacher about first grade. Will there be art? Will there be books? Will there be outdoor play? As his teacher answers each question, she calms his fears and helps set up the understanding of continuity between kindergarten and first grade.

     

    The Night Before First Grade

    This book is a fun read-aloud that mimics the cadence of T'was the Night Before Christmas, a story that is familiar to many children. The story addresses new challenges that a rising first grader might face and gives a comforting conclusion that shows how a child can meet the changes before her.

     

    Next Stop: Second Grade!

    "'Today is the last day of school!' Molly said. 'And the last day of first grade,' Andrew added." So begins Judy Katschke's funny story where first grade teacher, Ms. Fickle, takes her class on a trip to the future: second grade! As each child expresses fears about being ready for this new venture, Ms. Fickle explains what is in store and how her students are more than ready to become second graders.

     

    Second Grade Rocks!

    While in Next Stop: Second Grade!, Katschke introduces us to an entire class full of trepidation, in Second Grade Rocks! we have just one lone student who harbors doubts about the move to the new grade. This is a cute story that should appeal to those who need extra encouragement for making the leap forward.

    For more stories that are completely relatable for young students, take a look at the other books in the First-Grade Friends Forever Series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Let's face it: transitions are never easy. Even when we're looking forward to a change, it's always challenging and sometimes it's downright scary. When it comes to our students, graduating to the next grade is doubly fraught. For older kids who have experienced moving up a level, the anxiety is happily balanced with anticipation of new friends and new classes (and more clout!), but for our very youngest students, special care is called for.

    The following books help ease early learners into making the step from what they're used to, to an exciting leap up. By focusing on the familiar and helping kids understand that their new environment won't be all that different, we can lessen fears and help make entering the new grade so much easier — even something to look forward to.

     

    Kindergarten, Here I Come!

    By acknowledging that all kids are feeling nervous Kindergarten, Here I Come helps your earliest learners understand that they are not alone! By focusing on the activities that go on in a typical kindergarten classroom, this fast-moving story helps build anticipation for the fun that awaits.

     

    The Kissing Hand

    One of the most difficult parts to starting school is the separation from home and family. This charming story and sweet illustrations offer a tender solution for both parent and child — and for the early childhood teacher helping students say good-bye to their preschool home. Chester Raccoon is an adorable and relatable character.

     

    On the First Day of Kindergarten

    For young kids leaving their first year of preschool, the prospect of starting kindergarten can sound vague. Here is a fun take on the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that employs repetition as it describes various activities that might take place during the first days of kindergarten.

     

    On Our Way to First Grade

    As Ben worries about leaving old friends and habits he has made in kindergarten, he queries his teacher about first grade. Will there be art? Will there be books? Will there be outdoor play? As his teacher answers each question, she calms his fears and helps set up the understanding of continuity between kindergarten and first grade.

     

    The Night Before First Grade

    This book is a fun read-aloud that mimics the cadence of T'was the Night Before Christmas, a story that is familiar to many children. The story addresses new challenges that a rising first grader might face and gives a comforting conclusion that shows how a child can meet the changes before her.

     

    Next Stop: Second Grade!

    "'Today is the last day of school!' Molly said. 'And the last day of first grade,' Andrew added." So begins Judy Katschke's funny story where first grade teacher, Ms. Fickle, takes her class on a trip to the future: second grade! As each child expresses fears about being ready for this new venture, Ms. Fickle explains what is in store and how her students are more than ready to become second graders.

     

    Second Grade Rocks!

    While in Next Stop: Second Grade!, Katschke introduces us to an entire class full of trepidation, in Second Grade Rocks! we have just one lone student who harbors doubts about the move to the new grade. This is a cute story that should appeal to those who need extra encouragement for making the leap forward.

    For more stories that are completely relatable for young students, take a look at the other books in the First-Grade Friends Forever Series.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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