Must Read Monday: Beginning of the Year Books

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Welcome to the last issue of Must Read Monday, hosted by Kindergarten Planet and the Kindergarten Connection. This week's focus is back to school books. 

Every year, we start the first day of school off with The Kissing Hand. Chester is worried about leaving momma on the first day of school, but Mom's comforting encouragement helps give him the confidence to have a good first day. We use this book to discuss how we are feeling and we graph our first day emotions. 

How Full is Your Bucket? We read the bucket filling books to discuss how we can be nice to our classmates and considerate of their feelings. Each person has an invisible bucket. When positive things happen, the bucket fills up. When negative things happen, the bucket gets dipped into. We talk about the importance of being a bucket filler versus being a bucket dipper.

The Crayon Box that Talked teaches kids about cooperation, diversity and acceptance. The crayons in this box just can't seem to get along, until someone special takes them home and shows them how important each and every color is.

No, David! leads into our discussion about why we need rules and which ones we should have. David has a hard time knowing what's okay and what's not okay. We discuss how we should behave in school and develop rules we can all agree on for our class. 

Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes is a super cute book about being awesome in school. Pete is rocking and rolling through his day at school. He discovers all the major rooms in the school (library, lunchroom, etc) which leads us into a school tour. 

If you haven't read First Day Jitters yet, what are you waiting for?! Sarah is having a hard time getting out of bed on the first day of school. She is afraid the kids will be mean and won't like her. After lots of coaxing from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah finally gets up and goes to school. When she arrives, the principal greats her and introduces her to the class…as the teacher! This is a great book to teach empathy and other people's points of view. Could the teacher actually have first day jitters too?! This is a great conversation starter about feelings. 

Chrysanthemum loves her name…until she gets to school. Other students tease her about being named after a flower. This is a funny and honest book about teasing and acceptance, and a great opener to learning each others' names. 

Recess Queen is a classic we read just before discussing playground expectations. Our school has a few special playground equipment "things" we need to discuss how to use correctly before heading out, as well as how to play nicely and share equipment. 

And we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to begin our study of letters. We graph the letters in our name and see who has the longest and shortest names. 

This was last year's graph. 

What are some of your favorite back to school books? For more ideas, check out Kindergarten Planet and the Kindergarten Connection. Have a great week!

1 comment:

  1. I love Pete the Cat! We read them all last year, my class was obsessed with him. I think they played those CDs more in the listening station more than any other! Great choices!


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