While our New Jersey families still have a few weeks of summer left, today is back to school for our Florida families! A great way to prepare children for the start of the new school year is through stories.
My favorite Back To School Book is The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. When I was a kindergarten teacher, I read it every year on the first day of school. Chester, the main character, is a young raccoon who is nervous about going to school. His mother kisses his center palm and tells him that "whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.'" Chester is comforted and goes to school.
Since I know just how comforting a great Back To School book can be for a child, I thought I’d list a few for you.
EDUCATIONAL TOY OF THE MONTH 🌟 Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. Children explore the world of A to Z with colorful letter tiles that talk, sing and teach about the alphabet.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH 💻 Brightly Kids YouTube Channel. Brightly is a resource to help parents raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.