Many books are available that acknowledge children's anxiety and excitement, show other children having similar feelings and celebrate the growth and pride in the transition to kindergarten. Start your own school Transition Library today.
In choosing books on transition, look for the following attitudes and feelings:
Before reading the book with children, review it thoroughly to be sure you know the story and can answer questions. If possible, gather information about the new setting so accurate answers can be given to children's questions about what their new program will be like.
Read the book with the children. First, ask open-ended questions about what happened in the story. Open-ended questions invite children to expand upon their answers. Help children label the feelings of the child (character) in the story. Expand the discussion with questions such as: "What did the child (character) seem worried about at his new school? What helped him feel better?" Show pictures of an actual kindergarten classroom if available.
Regularly rotate books on transition on the classroom or school library. Provide parents with a list of the books and develop a circulation system for families. A suggested list is contained in the PDF that follows. Please see your local librarians for more information.