5 Books To Help Your Child Transition To Preschool
By Denise Vasi
The transition to preschool is a big one for mom and dad. The waves of conflicting emotions are most definitely overwhelming. Of course, as parents you’re thrilled about the new adventures your little one is about to embark on but there are also feelings of sadness as your little birdie leaves the nest for the first time. Similarly, your toddler is most likely experiencing difficulty processing both feelings of excitement and worry as they head out into a big new world.
Adding a few preschool–focused stories to your reading rotation will help soothe some of those jitters. Just be careful not to introduce books too early, as you don’t want to add any additional anxiety by over–addressing the situation. A week or two before school starts or the first few weeks of attending preschool are both perfect times to introduce these books.
These sweet stories will encourage your toddler to foster positive secure feelings in regard to preschool and separation, and they just might ease mom and dad too.
"Llama Llama Misses Mama" by Anna Dewdney
Part of the “Llama Llama” series, this book tells the tale of little Llama starting his first day of preschool. There’s so much to look forward to in this new environment, and most importantly, the book stresses that although mama must leave, she will always come back.
"The Invisible String" by Patrice Karst
Love is an invisible string which binds us all, a mother reassures her twin daughters during a thunderstorm. This timeless message is the focus of “The Invisible String” connecting us to those that we love, regardless of time or distance. It serves as a reminder that although our loved ones may not be physically present with us, they’re always connected to us.
"Rosie Goes to Preschool" by Karen Katz
This book takes you through a day at school with Rosie, an endearing preschooler who knows all that’s needed to know to start preschool. With little “Rosie Tips” scattered throughout, this book helps ease the anxiety as Rose shows how fun preschool can be.
"Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes
Who could be more worried about starting school than Wemberly? There’s a lot to take in on the first day of school, but Wemberly works through her fears. This is a great book not only to identify possible emotions, but also to help your toddler understand that things will be ok.
"The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn
This loving tale is the first of a series about Mrs. Racoon and her son, Chester Racoon. Dealing with all the new challenges that come from the first day of school can be difficult, but Mrs. Racoon teaches Chester Racoon a family secret so that he can remember she is with him wherever he goes. It is a story of love and reassurance despite separation.