Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Back to school books? Check. Now that school days are around the corner, it’s time to start preparation. Do you have a nervous kiddo? Or one that is excited to catch the bus on day one? Or are you a teacher ready to read all the good books? I’m ALL of those things!
When I was a full-time classroom teacher, one of my favorite things to do was pick out the books I would read during the first few weeks. I’d choose each one carefully and stack the books up ever-so-lovingly in my teacher bin. Because of course I did.
Of course, sometimes I would switch and change things out as the weeks started rolling along. Flexibility is crucial in teaching! In all of life, really. But either way, the planning of it all was always fun. There were certain things I wanted to convey through each story, like welcoming these new learners and building community. Of course, I always made sure we had some silly reads too. Because what is a preschool or kindergarten teacher if not super silly sometimes?!
If you’re looking for some ideas about what to read as your school year starts, feel free to check out this list of 25 read alouds just right for back to school.
The second half of the year has it’s own