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How to Get Kids Excited to Go Back to School

by Melissa Taylor | August 20, 2012 | Early Education & Literacy

prepare your child to go to kindergarten or preschool with these great books

It’s time to get kids ready . . . and excited to go back to school!

How? Go shopping and read books.

Both are something you already do, right? Here’s how they can help get your child ready for school.

Read Books

Reading books about school gives kids a story in their minds. It tells them what to expect, or reminds them of what they already know. Stories build knowledge of school and, even better, give kids examples of how to handle new situations and worries.

Best Back-to-School Books

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

This classic back-to-school book shows how a mama can give her child a kiss in his hand to keep with him all day at school.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Someone is really nervous about school. We hear all of the fears and concerns. Kids will laugh when the story reveals that the worried person is the teacher.

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

I may like this book the best – it’s a mama telling her child how, no matter what is happening or if they’re apart, she loves him all the time. So sweet!

- Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

An adorable girl narrates what she hears about the rules in Kindergarten, like you’re not allowed to bring your cat or ask for help. She must find out if that is really true.

 - Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins

The great thing about Maisy books is the simplicity. You’ll see the basics of a preschool, the day’s routine in simple text, and engaging, brightly colored illustrations.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat rocks – literally. All his stories have songs to go with them. In this adventure, Pete is at school and rocking his school shoes. It’s both a fun story and song.

Go Shopping

Now for shopping. School supplies – backpacks and lunch boxes – motivate kids like nobody’s business. Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping.

Choice. Let your child choose her own lunch box and school bag. Limit the choices so she’s not overwhelmed by the entire selection at the store. For example, have her choose from three that you think would work. Don’t forget to shop when your child is fed and well-rested.

Extras for pretend school. Buy some extra school supplies – paper, pencils, markers, glue, stickers and notebooks to keep at home. Then, you can play pretend school at home.

Personalize. It’s fun to get personalized school supplies. Popular websites for personalized supplies include: Frecklebox, Lands End, Garnet Hill and Pottery Barn Kids.

Ready, Set, Time for School!

Remember The Kissing Hand. Give your child a kiss in his hand or a small heart to keep in his cubby. Kiss and go. School’s going to be fun!

As for you, you might be feeling separation anxiety too. That’s normal. Spend time with a friend, read The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution by Elizabeth Pantley, or go shopping by yourself. Who knows, maybe shopping and books can help you get excited for back-to-school too!