Starting school for the first time can be a scary thought for some, especially if they've always been with either mom or dad. Even students who've been to daycare or nursery school may be nervous at meeting new classmates, teachers and being in a new environment. I know the littles in my class had a range of emotions on the first day of school. We brainstormed how we felt:
We read The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. In the story, little Chester Racoon gets a kiss on his hand, from his mom, when he's nervous about starting school. Whenever he misses her, all he has to do is put his hand to his cheek to feel her love. The kids were comforted knowing that their mother's love was with them wherever they went! Some of the kids already did kissing hands with their moms/dads, and some couldn't wait to start!
We created a class book, with our First Day Feelings. Thanks to Brooke Hilderbrand for this great FREEBIE. You can download it here.
As we read our class book, it was good to know that the students who felt nervous or sad, didn't feel that way any longer! We're off to a great start!