Most children love visiting the library and the summer holidays can provide a great opportunity to do this. If your child is starting school in September why not pick up some books that will help children prepare for starting school. There are many books available ranging from ones that have descriptions of the school day to more sophisticated stories, both forms can be used to generate a conversation between parent and child. Providing these opportunities to talk about starting school can help to dispel fears and provide a platform for any questions your child may have. All members of the family can be involved in these discussions including older siblings who have more recent experience of starting school and grandparents who may be involved in childcare arrangements. One of our favourite books is ‘Topsy and Tim Start School’ by Jean and Gareth Adamson. This book introduces children to what they might experience in their new school including using the cloakroom, areas of the classroom, playtimes and having their lunch at school. There is also a great little puzzle at the end!
Our top 10 starting school books are listed on our task cards in the starting school box.