It’s that time again: Back to School. This is an exciting time of year; new teachers, new classes and new friends. It’s a time to re-establish routines and to re-focus academically. However, it can bring a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for children – especially those who struggle with reading.
Can a parent help to ease a child back into the Back to School commotion?
Here are some book recommendations for your child. He can read (with or without your help) that may help to calm him of any fears or tension leading up to starting school:
Sea Monster’s First Day
By Kate Messner
Sea monster Ernest is starting his first day of school. But starting school is a big job! Fitting in when you’re a sea monster is tough enough, and there’s so much to learn and do—reading, singing, playing hide-and-seek with the fishermen, lunchtime in the algae patch.
Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants
By Elise Primavera
As Louise begins the second grade, she is determined to get straight A’s. But her new teacher, Mrs. Pearl is demanding and not very accommodating. Will she make the grade?
Dinosaur Starts School
By Pamela Duncan Edwards
It’s the first day of school and Dinosaur has the jitters. He has a friend by his side to show him that school isn’t terrifying after-all. They have such a good time on the first day of school. Will they be back?
Splat the Cat
By Rob Scotton
It is Splat’s first day of school and he is worried. What if he does not make any new friends? Just in case, he brings along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher introduces Splat to the class and soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. When Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do, he is afraid that he will lose all of his friends. Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson. Cat school is probably going to be okay after all.
The Night Before First Grade
By Natasha Wing
It’s the night before the Big Day—first grade. Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom.