Childhood, especially the preschool age, is perhaps the most curious, excited, and anxious age bracket. Many books have been written to prepare preschool children and their parents for preschool. These books cover preschool children’s lives from just before they enter preschool through kindergarten, and they also discuss changing to different schools in their early education years.
A book specifically designed to help with preschool children’s nervousness, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm is Little School by Beth Norling. The prominence of this book is attributed to the ease with which the author narrates the events and life experiences in a classic preschool for young children. The book also shows how different children have inimitable and individualized ways of understanding and relating with preschool schedules, such as snack times and bathroom breaks. In addition to the different experiences and personalities of preschool children, the author provides an overview of the essential skills and strategies that parents and teachers can use to help preschool children adjust to new life in preschool. Norling’s book, thus, calms new preschool children as they start the schooling journey.
The other recommended preschool books are The Night Before Preschool and The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. Set in the rhythms of Christian poems, these books make children look forward to preschool with anticipation in their hearts. Instead of being scared of first days and early life at school, the books create eager anticipation for their young readers. Equally helpful, parents of preschool children can greatly benefit from reading these books to better inform them about their children’s preschool routines. The books are also quite useful to preschool children many years after their first days at school.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is an equally interesting and useful book for preschool children, parents, and teachers. The friendly toned book is quite endearing to readers for imparting to children the essence of going to school. The other key element of the book is its focus on anxiety, which is a key problem in preschool. Using a child named Chester Raccoon, the author encourages children to realize that when they are at school, their parents back at home or at work still love them and think of them all the time. In the book, preschool children are, therefore, encouraged to believe it is fine to spend time away at school without worrying about their parents.
Being away from their parents for long hours for the first time could jeopardize children’s stability at preschool. Thus, this book is ideal to lower children’s anxiety during their first days, months, and even years away from their parents and familiar home surroundings. The author also advises parents to sooth preschool children as they leave for school by using hugs, nice words, and kisses to help them cope with the anxieties associated with being away from the people they are accustomed to, such as parents and siblings. Also, parents can use the book to learn how to cope with separation anxiety as their children start school.