At Blue Heron School, our goal is to start the school year without tears. One of the things we do to reduce separation anxiety is to ask all of the families to borrow or buy a copy of The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. Parents read the story to their children at home, as often as needed, and we read it every day at school. The reassuring message of the story and the familiarity of the book help new children feel comfortable, and returning children enjoy the ritual when they are coming back to school.
What do you do at your program to help children make the transition to coming to school?