As many of you know I recently returned to work after my second maternity leave. Over the past eleven years I have spent most of my teaching career doing Special Education and Junior grades.
So, when I accepted my new Kindergarten position I was feeling slightly apprehensive, not to mention all of the other things mothers feel upon returning to work. (which is another post unto itself). A little out of my element for sure.
(The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn) -an excellent book for children with separation anxiety
The good news is that I am really enjoying it. The class is a split Jr (4yr olds) and Sr (5yr olds) Kindergarten with 19 children. Anyway, to make a long story short I thought I would recommend a few books that I found useful. I try to read multicultural, inclusive, and diverse books to my own children so I decided to continue that trend with my students. I'm going to list good books as I find them. :) And if you have any to add please let me know, as I am always on a quest for good materials.
(Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis) - helps present Kindergarten in a positive way
Here are a few books that I found useful in easing the transition for some of the children. Many of them had never left home and I was met with many tears for the first few visits. These books helped.
(Don't Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward)-this one made the kids laugh
(It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr)-a simple way to explain how diversity is wonderful