Reading to your child about other children’s fears and excitement about going to kindergarten can help your youngster understand that her kindergarten jitters are normal.
Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come by Nancy Carlson. It’s Henry’s first day of kindergarten, and he’s so excited. On the way to school he imagines all the fun he will have. But when he arrives, the school is bigger than he pictured and a little overwhelming. He wants to go home. After a while, though, he decides that kindergarten really will be fun.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. Sarah Hartwell is hiding under her covers so she doesn’t have to go to school. Mr. Hartwell finally gets her to her new school, where she is introduced as Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell—the new teacher! Children will get a kick out of this plot-twisted book and may find it reassuring that even new teachers can have first day jitters.
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis. According to Dexter Dugan, he is totally calm about starting kindergarten, but his stuffed dog Rufus is fearful about riding the bus, eating lunch in school, and getting a mean teacher. This story follows the “brave” Dexter and “fearful” Rufus through the first day of school. This is a humorous book that may help calm the anxiety of young students.
Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers. This book offers a disarming way to help preschoolers get excited about starting school by describing a little girl’s discoveries as she spies on her older brother’s kindergarten class. The thrill she feels in sneaking around builds upon her excitement as she observes how kindergartners spend their day.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate. Miss Bindergarten vigorously prepares for the first day of school as her 26 prospective students (one for each letter of the alphabet) do the same. Children who are anxious about the first day of kindergarten may find great comfort in this book’s two parallel stories.