Tag Archives: Kindergarten

Back to School Countdown

This time last year was tough for me. My first born was getting ready to start kindergarten and every night I laid awake in bed wondering where the years had gone. I bawled my eyes out after she got on the bus and I even hightailed it to the school to watch her walk in the doors for the first time. Slowly we found a rhythm and while there were a few bumps in the road she had a good year.

This August, as the new school year (and first grade) approaches, I am still a little sad to be sending my baby off to school but also excited for her to head back to class, make new friends, and learn even more about herself and the world around her.

If you are getting your kids ready for kindergarten (or 1st or 2nd grade) here are some fun picture books we have been reading around my house that may help you with the transition from summer to school!

bookcover11 Experiments That Failed by Offill & Carpenter

This book is the literary embodiment of my daughter. Crazy science experiments that make big messes? Perfect. If you have a budding scientist on your hands they will love seeing their own crazy experiments mirrored in this picture book. Better for slightly older kids.

Mom, It’s my First Day of School by Hyewon Yumbookcover.php

I loved this book last year, and I still love it this year! Mom, It’s My First Day, takes the first day jitters and gives them to Mom, instead of the kid. The little boy reassures his mom that everything will fine and before she knows it he will be back home!

bookcover.phpAmelia Bedelia’s First Day of School By Herman Parish

I loved Amelia Bedelia as a kid, and I love the newer kid version too. Amelia makes some silly mistakes on her first day of school, but that is okay: school is for learning and with a brand new teacher to help her she is sure to make lots of fun memories this year!

Dinosaur Vs School by Bob Sheabookcover.php

The Dinosaur vs. series is a favorite in our house. In this installment Dinosaur heads off to school for the first time and the day is broken into segments that any pre-schooler or kindergartener would be familiar with; storytime, music, snacks, and, of course, clean up! Perfect for younger kids who are wondering exactly what they will do in school.

bookcover.phpSchool for Bandits by Hannah Shaw

Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are worried about their son Ralph. His behavior is awful: he is thoughtful, clean and polite! How will he ever fit in at Raccoon Bandit School? Turns out it is okay to be yourself and being polite can be very good! Longer text.

Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintoshbookcover.php

Marshall Armstrong is very different from everyone else at school but that doesn’t mean you can’t be friends! Worried about making new friends? This is a great book to remind kids that everyone is different, and that’s okay, its our differences that make us special.

Firbookcoverst Grade Stinks by Mary Ann Rodman

Haley is worried about first grade because it is so different from kindergarten. But with a caring teacher and new friends she begins to love first grade as much as she loved kindergarten.

Let the count down to the first day BEGIN!



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A Garden of Children.

“The days are long but the years are short”

Copyright Natalie DeRiso

What do you mean I start Kindergarten today? Didn’t you just have me?

This well-used saying can be found in parenting magazines, on blogs, and painted on wall hangings scattered all over Pinterest; and every parent knows why. In the middle of the day when children are crying and demanding attention; when the dirty and clean laundry piles have accidentally mixed together; when dishes are spilling out of the sink and it seems like there is no end in sight. There are moments when you can see the hours stretch out in front of you and can’t help but wonder if you will ever get caught up. Then, suddenly, you look down and are startled to realize that somewhere along the way a child has replaced your baby. Gone are the rolls of fat and coos of yesterday. Your baby is now all legs and elbows with her own opinions and likes and dislikes and you can’t help but wonder, “Where did the time go?”

Today my eldest child starts kindergarten. She has spent the last 5 years and 7 months with me, or being watched by my mom while I worked. This is the first time she will be away from home and in the care of others. Add to the equation a brand-new, two-month old baby sister and I am a little emotional about all of the life changes in our little family. I spent the summer avoiding the reality of the situation but last week, as I was reading an array of kindergarten themed picture books to my daughter, it finally dawned on me that we were no longer years or months away from it happening. Kindergarten was just a few short days. As I stared at the illustration of a little boy heading off to school, holding back tears and swallowing the lump in my throat, I tried in vain to figure out how 5 and a half years had disappeared right before my eyes.

Maybe tomorrow it will be a little easier.

my teacher is a monster

My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am not) by Peter Brown.

What is it like when you run into your mean teacher OUTSIDE of school? Robert is about to find out maybe his teacher isn’t so bad, after all.

planet kindergarten 2

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Kindergarten: The final frontier. Kindergarten is a fun space mission for this astronaut!

countdown to kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

What happens if you can’t tie your shoe? Will they still let you into kindergarten? (YES! They will!)

the pirate of kindergarten

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon

Swashbuckling and high seas adventures can’t compare to kindergarten!


Teacher! Sharing, Helping, Caring by Patricia Hubbell

It can be scary to spend the whole day with a new adult, luckily teachers are awesome!

mom first day

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum

Is this new kindergartener worried about his first day of school? No way…but guess who is? Mom!



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