Heading back to school can be a stressful event for the entire family, but it can be particularly upsetting to young children
entering a new school or classroom. Help your child adjust to their new surroundings by creating a personalized "Back to School"
book that you and your child can read together at home.
During the first week of school, accompany your child on a tour of their new classroom and take pictures of people, places,
and things that your child will be interacting with. Be sure to include things like your child's desk, their coat hook or
cubby, the cafeteria, the playground, the library, and any other rooms at the school where your child will spend time each
Also, take a picture of your child with their teacher and their principal. Ask other parents for permission to take pictures
of your child with his or her classmates and include a special friends section in your "Back to School" book.
When you get home, go through the pictures with your child and let them help you create their book. You may
want to organize it according to a typical school day. For example: Going to School, Mornings, Lunch Time, Recess, Afternoons,
Or, it could be organized by location within the school. For example: My Classroom, The Cafeteria, The Playground, The Gym,
The Office. If you organize it this way, you may want to take pictures of specific objects, such as pencils, paper, crayons,
etc., that your child will interact with in each of these locations and include those pictures within the appropriate section.
When you are finished, you and your child will have created a unique book that you will be able to read together at home.
Not only will your "Back to School" book allow your child to become more familiar with their new surroundings at school, it
will also provide you with an opportunity to talk to your child about their school experiences each day.