Recently we held a series of Pre-Kinder evenings for Greenwood families, providing practical advice about how to help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten.
Leading these Pre-Kinder sessions was Emily Brown, Greenwood’s Educational Leader. Afterwards we had some questions from parents about books they could read to their preschool children about some of the challenges specific to this age.
One of the best ways you can prepare your child for school is to read to them at bedtime. Reading develops resilience and wellbeing in preschool children, and it also teaches them to understand and cope with their emotions.
Here are some of our top recommendations for pre-kinder bedtime reading, sorted by topic:
Books About Toilet Training
These colourful and fun books are for children who are ready to make the transition from nappies to undies. Available from Booktopia.
Everybody Poos by Taro Gomi
This is an easy-to-understand book that will help your child not to feel ashamed about using a potty or toilet for the first time. From award-winning author Taro Gomi, Everybody Poos is an entertaining and informative text that is suitable for reading aloud. Available from Booktopia.
I Can’t, I Won’t, No Way! by Tracey J Vessillo
This illustrated book has been written to help parents whose children are refusing to use the toilet. It is often referred to as a “lifesaver” for parents who have encountered this frustrating and distressing issue. Available from Booktopia.
Books About Friendship
Learning to Be a Good Friend: A Guidebook for Kids by Christine A. Adams
Part of the ‘Elf-Help’ series of children’s books, Learning to Be a Good Friend provides a guide for young children in how to make friends and relate to their peers. Available from Amazon.
Join In and Play by Cheri J. Meiners
Part of the Learning to Get Along® series, this book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along with others and making friends. Available from Booktopia.
When I Care about Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Another book that is part of a series (the Way I Feel Books), this book shows children the importance of caring for others who are hurt, sick or unhappy. Available from Booktopia.
Books About Divorce or Separated Parents
It’s Just Different Now by Linda Espie
This compassionate and moving book deals with children’s grief after divorce and separation. It uses simple yet compassionate language together with colourful illustrations to convey the message that if you face pain with boldness, it eventually loses some of its intensity. Available from Amazon.
Mama and Daddy Bear’s Divorce by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written, this book reassures children that divorce does not mean that both parents will no longer be a part of their life. Available from Booktopia.
Gentle and uplifting, this book tells the story of Addison, whose parents are going through a divorce. It communicates the message that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him. Available from Booktopia.
More Pre-Kinder Books
Click the link to read Part 2 of this post with more suggestions for Pre-Kinder titles.
You can also draw on vast experience of the Educators at Greenwood to gain knowledge about how to make your preschooler’s transition into kindergarten as easy at possible, speak to your child’s Room Leader today!