Books About Starting School
The first day of a new experience can be scary. For preschoolers starting school for the first time, it can be downright terrifying. A new place, with children they've never met before and adults they don't recognize...many children will be very nervous on the first day of preschool.
Reading books about what to expect in preschool can help ease the nerves of those new to your classroom. There are several books available that outline exactly what happens in a preschool classroom. Pick one to read to the children at your first morning circle time, that closely resembles the activities and routine you will follow in your classroom.
My First Day of Nursery School by Becky Edwards
Curious George's First Day of School by H. A. Rey
Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
Vera's First Day of School by Vera Rosenberry
Preschool Day Hooray! by Linda Leopold Strauss
After reading any of these books, ask children what they think they might do in preschool. Encourage any answers, and be open to discussing any fears the children may exhibit. This may also be a good time to show children the daily schedule so they know what to expect. Be sure that you remind children of the schedule several times a day. For example, "In five minutes, we will clean up our areas and be ready to go outside," or, "After we wash our hands, it will be time to sit down for lunch". Any reminders about what is coming up will help ease the transition and get the children used to the new schedule.
Use the time after you introduce these books to take a tour of the classroom. Show children each of the centers and briefly explain what happens in each center. Show them the bathrooms, the outdoor play area, and the cubbies. The more familiar the children are with their new surroundings, the less scary it will be.