• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

Kindergarten Rocks!

Seth & I had a great conversation about kindergarten last night, all brought about because of this book:

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This is a fabulous book that really helps facilitate conversations about starting school. Dexter, the main character, is super excited about starting kindergarten because his older sister has told him how much fun it is. However, Rufus, Dex’s stuffed animal, is just an “eensy teensy beensy bit scared.”

Throughout the book, Dex maintains that he is excited, as Rufus shares some of the things that he is worried about (What if my teacher is mean? What if the other kids can read? What if I have to go number 2 at school?) Eventually, Dex makes it into his classroom, and sees all of the awesome things that he gets to do at school. By the end of the book, and the first day of school, Dex is worried that he will oversleep the next day, and miss out on the fun! (He also decides to leave Rufus at home the next day.)

As Seth & I were reading the story, we were able to talk about the possibility of being a little nervous on the first day, and how it makes your tummy feel a little funny.

Seth, “But what happens after your tummy feels funny?”

Me, “Well, usually, you go in, explore and get settled in, and before you know it, you aren’t feeling nervous anymore, but just having fun.”

Seth, “Oh, yeah!”

The thing that I really enjoyed was that this book broke down different things that Seth can expect to do at school, and allowed him to identify the words with images. It is so easy to forget that he doesn’t know what “recess” is, or what exactly goes on at a “cafeteria.” When Dex mentioned going to recess, we were able to look at the pictures of the kids playing, and figure out what exactly it was.

Also, Seth was shocked and excited to learn that Dex’s school has its very own library!

Me, “Yep, schools have libraries inside of them, and you will be able to go and look at books, and borrow them if you’d like.

Seth, “But how do you know that MY school has one?”

With something as big as starting school, it is easy to forget all of the little things that they won’t know. I’m hoping that by talking through this ahead of time, it will help him (and maybe, possibly, me too) feel comfortable once the first day arrives.

Thanks to Katie Davis for an excellent book that is helping this Mom (and child) prepare for the first day of school. We will be checking out some of her other books, and I’m hoping you will, too!

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