In the 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.
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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. 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.