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The King of Kindergarten

In The King of Kindergarten a little boy is encouraged and filled with confidence in the time leading up to his first day of school. He can be the King of it, even if he doesn't know everything yet! "It sounds like a lot, but you're the King of Kindergarten. Piece. Of. Cake." This joyful attitude about how to welcome new experiences helps him have a great first day of kindergarten!

The parents in The King of Kindergarten helped by passing on the excitement of learning and the perspective that even if something is difficult at first - there will be a classroom of friends and a teacher to learn with. Learning will be fun! You can listen to The King of Kindergarten right now, read by Alvin Irby from Barbershop Books.

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After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What did the boy eat for breakfast? What is your favorite breakfast?
  • What did the boy in the story do that was very brave?
  • How was the boy going to get to school?
  • What did the father use to measure how tall the boy was?

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Another great idea to get ready for the first day of school is reading books about other kids and favorite characters who are ALSO worried about the first day of school. Stories featuring the Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, Curious George and more can help your child practice what it might feel like to be anxious about school and learn great strategies for having fun instead!

Here are several more stories about going to school for the first time. Each is a video read aloud, just click on a book cover to hear the story!

The King of KindergartenHow Do Dinosaurs Go to School?David Goes to SchoolMilk Goes to SchoolMaria Tenia Una Llama PequenaAll Are WelcomeLlama Llama Misses MamaClark the SharkTeacher CatHow to Get Your Teacher Ready for SchoolEmily Elizabeth goes to SchoolEmily Va a la EscuelaAre You Ready For School

Find more FREE online reading at 100+ Free Video Read Alouds or try storytime at home!

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This sing-a-long will help you get excited to go to school! Watch Marshall, Skye, Chase, Blaze, Shimmer and Shine, Molly, Gil, Bot, and Geo reimagined as fuzzy felt friends singing about school.

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Find pencil or pen, some crayons or markers to color a school picture, practice writing the letters , or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.

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