A friend of mine recently sent me a conversation that she happened to come across online. The conversation started with “What book is everyone planning to read on the first day of school?”

The answer was unanimous, “We always read the Kissing Hand book” And most of those comments were followed up with cute ideas that go along with the story.

No, no, no, and no.

As I read through the comments and suggestions, I just kept shaking my head and saying, “No, no, no, and no.” This book is too long for young children to sit through and it magnifies the emotions that come with knowing that mommy is gone. Those two reasons alone are reason enough to NOT read this book or others like it.

Find something fun and exciting.

I get it. It seems like you should read a story about being separated from mom or that you should read a story that is about going back to school. However, if you really want to get your students excited about being in your preschool or Pre-K classroom instead of feeling sad about leaving mom, then focus on what your students will find fun, funny, interesting, exciting.

Why not dive into a topic that your children will find magical, intriguing, or interesting. How about a topic that the children will want to learn more about? Why not find a book that is a little bit shorter, filled with great illustrations, and has a fun and engaging story that you can easily read-aloud to your littles? Why not find a book that will inspire the children to go home at the end of the day and say, “Mommy! We read a book about a dinosaur, donut, robot, lion” or any other topic that young children love?

Capture Attention and Imagination

When it comes to the first day or even the first week of school, the books or activities you choose will either leave your student’s sad, bored, and wanting mommy or they will capture imagination and attention and get them excited about what other fun things they will do that day.