It is important that we plan great books for the first week, keeping in mind that our goal is survival and not college prep! Our youngest students will have attention spans that might (if we’re lucky) range from 2-5 minutes. The first week is not the right time to pull out a 15 minute book!
The perfect First Week of School books must have at least 1 of these qualities to make the cut:
1. Students can MOVE while they listen.
The first day of preschool might be the first time that some 3-year-olds have had to sit “criss cross applesauce” on the floor with a dozen other kids. They might not be very good at it, and they might be restless and ready to go home. Read them a book that doesn’t require sitting!
2. Students can INTERACT with the story.
Books that ask questions and encourage the students to participate in the story are perfect!
Make sure that you download the free audio! It’s the best part of this book.Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Rhyming books are perfect because their sing-songy feeling helps to make sure that they don’t drag on. Even if the book is a tiny bit longer, the rhyme will help hold our young students’ attention!
Which books do you plan to read to your preschoolers during the first week of school? I’d love to hear your favorites so that I can add them to my list.