In the days, weeks, and even months leading up to the first day of kindergarten, young learners are teeming with excitement and joy in anticipation of one of the most important days of their lives. But that enthusiasm often wanes, or becomes muted, by feelings of nervousness and anxiety as the first day of school approaches. After all, starting school is a pretty big deal!
To ease the transition into kindergarten and help your young learners overcome their nervousness, it’s important to show students what to expect on the big day. These five books are not only perfect read-alouds to prepare them for what’s to come, but they’ll also inspire young learners to reflect on the wide range of emotions they may be experiencing as they make this big leap.
David Goes to School
In David Goes to School, David isn’t the best model of behavior—he’s a runner, a yeller, and a pusher—but he’s still lovable and his antics offer some very important lessons. Most importantly, however, his story will make any anxious student laugh, and the words of encouragement he receives at the end of the day will ease any fears associated with the first day of school.
The Kissing Hand
This classic first-day-of school story is a heartwarming tale of love and reassurance before the big day. It not only shows young learners what to expect, it provides a fool-proof racoon family secret to get them through the school day.
The Night Before Kindergarten
Feelings of nervousness and anxiety always peak the night before the first day of school. In this timely twist on a classic holiday story, your students will learn everything they need to do to fully prepare for all the fun school has in store!
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or the first day of high school, school shoes are always something special. In this adventure about the first day of school, Pete the Cat will guide your students from one new place to another in his special red shoes.
Wemberly Worried is the perfect read-aloud for all elementary students feeling a little bit nervous about transitioning to a new grade and classroom. Sure, there’s a lot to be worried about on the first day of school, but there’s also a lot of fun to be had.