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Berls’s Top Ten Back to School Reads
For me, back to school means the arrival of 22 kindergartners, who are mostly pretty nervous and super excited about starting this grand adventure called school. And one of my main arsenals for helping them get settled in that first week is books. There’s books to help them feel better about being in Kindergarten, there’s books about rules, and there’s books just to practice listening to a story being read to you at school (as opposed to at home where there are often no rules to how you listen). Here’s my top ten Back to School Reads for the Kinders!
The Behavior Books
I think most teachers will tell you, one of the first things you want to do is establish your expectations for behavior. No David!, David Goes to School, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, How do Dinosaurs Go to School? and How Full is your Bucket? are all great for reinforcing behavior expectations and how we will treat each other in our classroom.
The Books for the Jitters
Of course, the first day of school is nerve-wracking for all of us – but especially kinders who’ve NEVER been in school before. So another thing I’m trying to do is make them feel safe and understand that 1-they’re going to love school and 2-it’s okay to be nervous. Finally, I want to teach them how to deal with their fears a bit. The Night Before Kindergarten, The Kissing Hand, Kindergarten Rocks! and First Day Jitters are all really good for making new kinders feel comfortable.
The fun, just because books
We’ll have lots of fun “just because” books throughout the year and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a favorite. Technically it does teach them about the alphabet, but they just have so much fun with it, it’s a favorite long after letters have been mastered.