The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn: "In this contemporary classic Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school."
The first day of school is often challenging for children, but more often for parents! Parents and teachers working together can help ease some of the anxiety related to the first day of school. Here are some tips:
- Have time for parents and children to visit the classroom together before the first day.
- Remind parents to ALWAYS tell their child before they are leaving and to NEVER sneak out of the classroom. Sneaking away may be an "easy out" for the parent; but the next day, it is likely that the child will just cling closer because they are unsure when/if their parent will "disappear!"
- Help parents to create a routine for drop-off time and stick to it.
- Encourage parents to bring in family pictures BUT instead of posting these pictures on a bulletin board, place them where children can reach them whenever they want. For example, ask parents to bring in a small photo album (dollar stores are wonderful for goodies like this) filled with pictures of family, friends, pets. Or, teachers can laminate the photos and put them on a loose leaf ring. Place photos booklets in a wicker basket on a shelf of the classroom so children can have access whenever they need to see their family.
- Make a class book to send home with each child. Using a digital camera, take photos of each child and teacher and write a sentence about each person. Print the pictures (laminate them if you can) and bind them. Send them home with each child so that parents can read them to their children!
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