Starting school for the first time is one of those milestones that as your child gets older become few and far between but it’s also a huge leap. Whether they have been in a preschool, nursery, day care, childminder or with you at home the step up to school can cause all sorts of problems with behaviour and emotions with your child. Helping to prepare them for this can be done in a number of ways from creating an environment at home that sees school as a fun and interesting place – so shelve those bad school stories until your children are older as well as things like reading together. So we’ve put together our favourite books on Starting School to help get your preschooler ready for school.
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This is a great interactive book that covers a lot of different things about getting ready for school such as wearing matching shoes and having a morning routine. There are a ton of flaps to lift as well as many things to discover.
The writers of The Jolly Postman, bring you a story on what your kids can expect at school. Coloring, friends, class pets, and even the first day jitters are talked about in this book.
Although this is not specifically for back to school, this book is full of wisdom from none other than Dr. Seuss! You and your child will enjoy some great advice for heading to school and life in general.
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Your child can use this book to prepare for school with simple exercises. The book doubles as a white board so your child can write out answers to the activities, and wipe it away with the eraser.
With over 200 colouring and activity pages, as well as a ton of stickers, your child will have a ton of fun preparing for preschool.
Everyone gets nervous about the first day of school, even the school! This adorable story puts school fears into perspective when the school tells its own story about being nervous for the first day of school.
Rhymes fill this children’s book with a fun story of a teacher getting ready for the first day of school. Follow along as the kids and teacher get ready for a year full of songs, paint, and friends.
Sarah Jane doesn’t want to start at a new school. But with a little nudging and the help of a teacher, she realizes there wasn’t so much to worry about.
Sister Bear starts school, but she is nervous about what to expect. Brother Bear leads the way to show her it isn’t as scary as she thinks.
Show your kids exactly why they should love school. From friends to painting, by the end of this book, your kids will be saying, I love school!
From the view of a superhero, this funny yet inspiring story will have your kiddo ready for their first day of school in no time.
Preparing for kindergarten can be a little scary, especially when it is time to say goodbye to mom and dad. There is no need to worry though because kindergarten is full of fun.
Discover how the forest creatures get ready for school. Mrs. Raccoon helps Chester get over fear by sharing a family secret about the kissing hand. Super cute book.
Your favorite monkey is here to tell you just how fun school can be. Follow George as he helps the teacher, Mr. Apple. There are also bonus activities in this book including a recipe for ants on a log.
With the help of some adorable pictures and great poems, this book will help your child get through their first day of school.
Gilbert is ready for his first day of school with all of his new pencils and new books. But he has so many questions! Will his teacher be nice? Will 1st grade be fun! No need to worry, Gilbert finds out just how fun school can be.
On the first day of school students share their expectations of what’s ahead for the year. This lighthearted book will have your child looking forward to their school year.
Percy has 10 rules to follow when you head back to school. If you follow these rules you are guaranteed to have a spectacular school year.
As John starts at a new school, he starts to tell tall tales of his old school. Some of these tales include crazy ideas like how his school was a castle and his bus was pulled by wild animals. A great story full of imagination.
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