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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Kindergarten Anxiety - Book Suggestions

It is almost here: Kindergarten. I thought it was tough to drop my baby off for 4 hours twice a week for pre-school but now she will be away for 7 hours every weekday (we will address my emotions another time). I know that this is a positive experience and milestone that my daughter will love but she is also scared and anxious. One approach that I have been taking is to read some books that address the subject.

I am sure you all know the first one and it was even a part the preschool library: The Kissing Hand By Audrey Penn. “Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school--he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he'll love school--with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that's been in the family for years--the Kissing Hand.” I usually choke up a bit when reading this book as it is so sweet.

A close family friend gave us ‘Seymour Slug Starts School’ by Carey Armstong-Ellis a few years ago and I think my daughter loves Seymour as she takes the emotional journey with Seymour and sees how relieved, happy and confident he is at the end.

This past June in New Hampshire, I found “The Bunny Kindergarten’ and it makes my daughter smile. “It was Lisa's first day of kindergarten, and she was scared.” She goes on to meet her new best friend and enjoy all the great joys of Kindergarten. My daughter smiles throughout the book and makes me feel better as well.

Do you have any book recommendations?


Kristen said...

When I sent my son to Kindergarten 2 years ago, his teacher gave every parent a copy of the kissing hand. I still have to kiss their hands when they go anywhere! Love that sweet book.

The emotions of sending your kids off to school are so all over the place. I hope it goes well for you!

Anonymous said...

In our case, the kindergarten anxiety is all mine :) Hannah seems to be too excited to go even though there is not a single kid she will know in her grade.

Finsmom said...

Thank you so much for the book suggestions! My oldest is off to Kindergarten in the fall as well. I am sure it will be harder on me than it will on her!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Awww, Kindergarten is a big step:) Those look like adorable books, I'll check them out at the library.

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