Read alouds is one of the areas I struggle in the most. While I want my kids to love reading, I am not great at reading out loud to them. However, with a new reader and an emerging one, I want to do better this year. And what better time to start than the first week of school!
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While these aren’t specifically about homeschooling, these 10 books are perfect for reading aloud during the first week of school! You can pick them up on Amazon or possibly check them out at your local library.
Wemberly Worried – Wemberly the mouse worries about everything: big things, like whether her parents might disappear in the middle of the night; little things, like whether she’ll spill grape juice on her toy rabbit, Petal; and things in between, like whether she might shrink in the bathtub. What she is more worried about than anything else, however, is her first day at the New Morning Nursery School: “What if no one else has spots? What if no one else wears stripes? What if no one else brings a doll? What if the teacher is mean? What if the room smells bad?” Happily, Miss Peachum introduces her to a kindred spirit right away. Jewel doesn’t have spots, but she is wearing stripes and holding a doll. As Wemberly plays with her new friend, she still worries, but no more than usual. (“And sometimes even less.”)
A Place Called Kindergarten – Even those who wait at home are eager to hear all about kindergarten. The animals in the barn are in a tizzy: Tommy is missing! The dog says Tommy is gone to a place called kindergarten. “Where is kindergarten?” they exclaim. “What will happen to Tommy there? Will he ever come back?!” Eventually Tommy bursts into the barn with tales of the fun he had and all he learned. A charming and tender story that’s sure to reassure any child heading to kindergarten.
A Bad Case of Stripes – Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!
The Name Jar – The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.
First Day Jitters – Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon – An outrageously funny tale of how rumors can make a student create a monster out of any teacher!Two popular books from the bestselling Black Lagoon series–TEACHER and LIBRARIAN–are now reissued with fun new covers! Join Hubie once again as he faces his comically horrific fears during his first day of school and his first trip to the school library. Featuring a fire-breathing teacher and a library where all the books are bolted to the shelves, these stories are sure to amuse and quell fears of new experiences at the same time!
First Week at Cow School – Marjorie the cow feels quite proud when her daughter, Daisy, starts school. But lessons aren’t as easy as they seem. Daisy can’t hoof paint or swat flies like the other cows, and cowpat training is a disaster. Yet, Marjorie soon discovers that Daisy has a surprising talent to make her stand out from the herd.
Sumi’s First Day of School Ever – The first day of school can be lonely and scary, especially when you don’t speak the same language as everyone else. Sumi only knows one phrase in English, “Hello, my name is Sumi.” This doesn’t seem nearly enough to prepare her for a big school with wide stairs, noisy children, and a mean classmate.
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? – Everyone’s favorite dinosaurs are back–and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!
My Teacher Likes to Say – From the same team that brought you My Momma Likes to Say comes this delightful interpretation of maxims, idioms, proverbs, and clichés many students remember hearing on a regular basis in the classroom. From “Do you have ants in your pants?” to “Stick together!” and “Great minds think alike,” readers will be intrigued by the history of these adages, told in poetry form as well as expository text, and amused by the witty illustrations, depicting these sayings as a child might imagine them.
What’s your favorite read aloud? I’d love to know!
Wemberly WorriedA Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf)A Place Called KindergartenThe Name JarFirst Day JittersThe Teacher from the Black LagoonFirst Week at Cow SchoolSumi’s First Day of School EverHow Do Dinosaurs Go To School?My Teacher Likes to Say
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Four Christian Children’s books published by Christian children’s author Corine. Each book is packed with Bible verses and designed to teach the reader that the Bible contains answers to all life questions.
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