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Does Your Child Know How to Separate From You to Attend School?

Do they understand that they will stay at school without you? Can they say goodbye to you knowing that they will see you later that day?

Books To Read Together

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Carlson, Nancy L.
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
Kindergarten Countdown
Hays, Anna Jane
Illustrations and simply rhyming text follows an excited little girl as she counts down the days before the start of kindergarten.
Countdown to Kindergarten
McGhee, Alison
Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.
The Kissing Hand
Penn, Audrey
When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.
Mommy in My Pocket
Senderak, Carol Hunt
A little girl finds a way to keep her mother close when she starts school.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Slate, Joseph
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.
The Kiss Box
Verburg, Bonnie
As they prepare for a short separation, Mama Bear and Little Bear find a way to reassure each other while they are apart.

Watch and listen on DVDs and CDs

Sesame Street
Elmo is nervous about his first day of school, as Gabby and Miles are about to graduate from high school, and everyone tells Elmo about their memories of school. Will he be excited to go?
Shows what a typical day at school might be and the people who work there. Looks at the physical features of a school and talks about the importance of obeying school rules.

Links to Click

Tips to Try 

Practice separating by having your child stay overnight with a family member or go to a play date without you.

Before school begins, start following what will be your school routine.  Have your child go to bed and get up at the time they will for school, set out clothes the night before, get up and eat breakfast, etc.

Role play, practicing the first day of school – you could even play the part of your child and your child the parent.  Practice things you might do or experience together.