FOR THE LOVE OF
Ok so for the first time I am going to write about one of my ULTIMATE PET PEEVES.
I cannot STAND most back to school books! Maybe that's dramatic, but the truth is I typically self-edit them (a TON) as a read them. Here's why and what to look out for.
Child brings a stuffed animal to school:
Families Staying for the Day:
I am always shocked when a book shows mom and dad coming into the classroom for the first day and hanging out for what seems in Storyland like FOREVER.
Most likely, families are invited in for an orientation and then only for a few moments the first day. Honestly, for some kids, the less you are in the classroom on the first day the better. Nothing is worse than dragging out a difficult transition!
Again, check with your school and explain to your child that their first day might be different that the one you read about.
Mommy is crying HARD:
I get it, I’m a mom. I will cry when my kid goes to school. Time flies! Thats not my issue. My issue is that these books rarely explain WHY the adults are crying! When a child sees their parent crying they probably assume something bad is happening (crying = sad or hurt or scared).
Lets agree to take a minute to explain to your child that the characters just cannot believe how big their kiddo is getting and that they are truly so happy and excited for them to begin school! Do not let them fill in the crying blanks.
School is awesome not scary!
The schedule/supplies rival Disney World:
I have laughed out loud looking at illustrations of classrooms with 12 easels lined up by a floor to ceiling window, overlooking the playground and the ocean, with 17 shiny brand new trucks, a giant barrel full of fresh clay and a living tree directly below a skylight.
Then the kids begin their first day with a story at rug (that’s about right), followed by painting, sculpting, glitter glue, a trip to a museum, lunch, teacher dressed up like a knight in shining armor while using puppets and finally a goodbye song in which the teacher plays the classroom’s grand piano.
Get your kids schedule! And assume that on the first day they are doing about ¼ of that. It is SO DIFFICULT to transition 20 kids into a new classroom. Your child’s day will be wonderful, but it will be mostly learning the new space, their new classmates and the classroom expectations. It will be fun, but not Disney fun!
So that is my rant. Thanks for hanging in! But seriously, just monitor what you read and the expectations you set. Feel free to make edits and ask families that have been through that grade if you aren’t sure.