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Top 10 Starting School Books:  Kindergarten and Preschool, 718 page views

The story here is that I wasn’t really getting a lot of comments, particularly during the first 3/4 of the year so every comment that came in was treasured though I was too naive to realize that I was supposed to comment back.  A preschool director by the name of Kimberly Schaefer in Las Vegas emailed me after seeing one of my posts and asked for suggestions of books for preschoolers starting school.  I was shocked for several reasons:

  • I have a really good friend from work with the exact same name but this was not her.
  • The Kimberly Schaefer that contacted me is Asian.  I couldn’t tell from her name as I was picturing my own friend in my head.
  • I can’t believe that a preschool director would ask me for book suggestions!!  I was thrilled but panicked!

I went though my own bookshelves where I discovered that I was perhaps a bit paranoid in getting my older two daughters off to preschool and Kindergarten because I actually own all of these books!  (And, even scarier, I have more on this topic that didn’t make the list!).  It’s true that my first two children had serious separation anxieties — we’re talking crying at every drop off and extreme morning drop off routines that took 3o minutes or more.  This has since ceased since they hit Kindergarten (thank god!).

I did LOVE reading these books to them.  My youngest who’s 6, surprisingly has never had drop off issues. He trots off  into school with nary a backwards glance and often I have to chase him down for a goodbye kiss.  It’s an easy separation but a sad end of an era!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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