My baby started Kindergarten today! It’s crazy to me – she was just spitting up all over me, wasn’t she?? Anyway, over the years (between the spitting up and kindergarten), one of our favorite things has been to read together. I’ll read whatever she brings me and now I’m starting to have her read to me! It’s fun and half the time she doesn’t even know she’s learning.
That being the case, I was happy to hear that writer Skila Brown reported: “The consensus among teachers is that reading aloud, talking about school, and getting your child emotionally and physically ready are the big steps parents need to take before the school bell rings.”
Reading stories that resonate with a child’s emotions about starting school may also help. These super cute PAJANIMALS board books with stickers, like It’s Apollo’s Special Day and Sweet Pea Sue Makes a New Friend may create positive anticipation for the first day of Kindergarten, helping to alleviate a child’s anxiety. Other stories, like board book Sweet Pea Sue Misses Mom & Dad or paperbacks like Apollo Has a Bad Day or Squacky is Afraid of the Dark, are wonderful ways to initiate discussions with kids about expectations and fears regarding their new classroom environment. Also, a new holiday title, Squacky and the Gift of Christmas will be available on September 24th.
To get everyone excited for this new year, I am giving one lucky winner a copy of the Sweet Pea Sue Makes a New Friend Board and Sticker Book!
To enter this giveaway, complete any or all of the options listed below. Giveaway ends 9/2. Good luck!
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Fine Print – I was given a book and The Jim Henson Company is giving another to a reader. All of the opinions and statements above are my own.