Books to help prepare your child for primary school
As a parent you will feel just as anxious about your child's first day at school as they will, but with less of the excitement. You will have so many questions: "Will he settle in okay? Will his teacher be kind? Will he make friends? What happens if he starts to cry for me? Will he fall behind his classmates?"
But, whilst starting school is a big step for a child, with some encouragement and preparation most children will settle in just fine.
You will have taught them many skills to help make the transition smooth such as how to dress themselves, to tidy up after themselves, the importance of being polite and washing their hands; but, what they really need to know as the big day draws closer is the routine of school life.
By preparing them in advance your child will know exactly what to expect, and what is expected of them in return, making their first few days and weeks that much easier and enjoyable.
With this in mind, we've considered some easy and fun books about starting school for you to read with your little one, to help encourage discussion and put their minds at ease.
Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School by David Melling
This is the sixth book in the Hugless Douglas series about a lovable brown bear. The book follows an excited Douglas as he embarks on his first day at Little School. He meets his teacher Miss Moo-Hoo who is very impressed with Douglas' helpful attitude. Through being kind and sharing his favourite activity - bear hugs - we see Douglas making new friends and having a very productive first day at school.
Jungle School by Elizabeth Laird, Roz Davison and David Sim
Jani is very nervous about her first day at school. She has a disability and is worried the other monkeys will treat her differently and won't want to be her friend. Little does Jani know that her cheeky, fun personality will help her make plenty of friends.
I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
This picture book, part of the Charlie and Lola series, addresses many of the concerns a young child will have when first starting school. Lola feels she is too small and too busy at home to be starting school, however, Child uses humour and supportive big brother Charlie to help dispel Lola's fears, and the fears of the young reader too.
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
This charming book is full of pictures and details to give your child an insight into some of the activities they will be doing on their first day at school, from meeting their teacher, finding their peg and drawer, to playtime, and storytime. The book moves onto the preceding days, weeks, and months, giving your child an idea of the fun and learning to come.
We hope in reading these stories your child will feel encouraged, equipped, and most importantly excited about their own first day at school.