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Does it help for children to read about school? - For Preparation

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The kindergartener facing the first day of school, as well as the freshman entering high school, is very anxious about what the new school year will bring. Every transition from one school level to another can be quite stressful. It is the equivalent of an adult starting a new job. Reading stories about how other children handle the start of a new school year can be helpful.

Librarians often have books set aside especially for this time of year. The more children know about what a new experience will be like, the more comfortable they will be. Some popular choices for young children are: "Starting School" and "Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come." When children get ready to enter middle school, they'll find it helpful to read "Too Old for This, Too Young for That!" and "Middle School: The Real Deal."

What courses to take and what to bring to college greatly worry high-school graduates. Books written by recent graduates really take the mystery out of this big transition. Here are two amusing and practical books for them to read: "College Survival: A Crash Course for Students by Students" and "Been There, Should've Done That II: More Tips for Making the Most of College."

No matter what level your children are on, be sure that you have read all school handouts together. You both need to know about absence, grading, discipline and transportation policies.