This September, TheBoy will be starting preschool. To be honest, I am approaching this major milestone with conflicted emotions. Part of me is excited for him to meet new friends, yet I am also nervous about how he’ll handle being away from LittlePeanut and myself. When the kids were born, we didn’t plan for them to attend preschool because I knew I would be staying home, but after a difficult time at Sunday school (TheBoy refuses to stay in his class without us there) we realize now that preschool is a must. Especially since he will be starting junior kindergarten next year, which is 5 full days a week. Oh my!
In order to prepare him for his first day in September, we’ve been reading many books about going to school. I’ve also driven him by his school building a couple of times and we’ve played “school” at home with LittlePeanut on more than one occasion. We’re also looking to start up a night and morning routine (right now the boys don’t have set bedtimes or wake up times) a couple of weeks before his first day.
Below are a few of TheBoy’s favourite back to school books that we read almost daily.
1. The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan & Jan Bernstain
A sympathetic story about Sister Bear, who conquers her fear of starting kindergarten. Sister Bear, nervous about entering kindergarten, overcomes her fears when she discovers that school is really fun.
2. Curious George’s First Day of School by Margret & H.A. Rey
It’s the first day of school and George has been invited to Mr. Apple’s class to be a special helper! George is just the right monkey for the job—that is, until he starts to make his usual mischief. A mixture of red and yellow paint makes orange . . . a mixture of yellow and blue makes green. . . . and a mixture of all the paint colors makes a big mess! After a speedy adventure up and down the halls of the school, George and Mr. Apple clean up the classroom—with a little help from George’s new friends.
3. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
4. Amelia Bedilia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about the first day of school. A new teacher. Her own desk. Music, books, gym, art. Recess and lunch. Amelia Bedelia can’t wait. What could be better? School! School! Hooray for school!
As silly as it sounds, I believe the Lord has us reading these books more so for me (really, sometimes I can’t sleep at night because I worry TheBoy is going to hate preschool and cry for the entire time that he is there!) than for TheBoy himself. It’s as if the Lord is reminding me that He has things under control and that He’s watching out for TheBoy, even when I am not with him. So it’s time for this momma to practice what she preaches and know that Jesus is with her little boy, always.
“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times, in every way.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16
What are some of the back to school preparations you have or do?
Have a wonderful weekend,