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School Adventures for Introducing Children to Their First School Year in a Creative Picture Book

Updated on August 7, 2018
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

A New School Year is Here!

Fun book with adorable illustrations will introduce children to a typical school day
Fun book with adorable illustrations will introduce children to a typical school day | Source

Here Comes the New School Year!

It is hard to believe, but a new school year is fast approaching and there are excited children who have yet to experience school. This will be their first year! Young readers will have fun with this creative picture book that features the activities that they can expect to experience during their school day.

A group of children arrive for their very first day of school. Their new teacher greets them and helps them find their cubby to keep all of their school materials that they will need. It is so cool to have one's very own space to keep books, pencils, backpacks, and other stuff that one might need at school. Each child is encouraged to share their favorite color with their teacher and friends. The teacher has prepared a name card for each student to place by their seating space at the table. Then it is time for circle time. The teacher introduces the morning song to begin circle time. She explains to the children that they will always need to use their listening ears during circle time. Everyone's favorite time comes when it is snack time. There is something cool in the science center for the students to explore. Learning to count and learning the letters of the alphabet are activities to enjoy. Recess is also a part of the school day. The first day ends with goodbyes and everyone is excited for the next day to come. School is awesome!

Priscilla Burris writes in simple language and illustrates each activity that children will experience at school. Young readers will have fun with the detailed illustrations of the classroom environment and will want to compare their real classroom with what they find in Hello School! The children in the class are a fun group with multicultural friends that will also be similar to an actual school environment. Young readers will want to compare their new friends with the friends that are in Hello School! Hello School! is recommended for ages 3-5 and was published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin/Random House with Penguin Young Readers. It has an ISBN of 9780399172021.

Creative Illustrations of a Multicultural Class with Daily Activities

The new teacher greets her class on the first day
The new teacher greets her class on the first day | Source
Name cards are special
Name cards are special | Source
Circle time
Circle time | Source
Snack time is everyone's favorite activity
Snack time is everyone's favorite activity | Source

Introduce Children to the Learning Activities

Learning activities during the day will be exciting for children who are experiencing their first day of school. Numbers and letters are a big part of a young child's day of learning. Most classrooms for young children will have an art center and a scienc center. These centers are a part of the children's classroom in Hello School!.

*Read Hello School! in your own circle time. Call attention to the teacher's instruction to always use listening ears during circle time.

*Call attention to the illustrations of the learning centers in Hello School! Take a walk around your classroom to see the learning centers that your students will use. Have hands-on activities to use on the first day.

*Snack time, recess, and rest time are all a part of the classrooms that young children will experience. Call attention to each illustration that features these times in Hello School!

*Make a class chart of favorite snacks.

*Make a class chart of favorite recess activities.

*Make a class chart of favorite learning centers in the classsroom. Small Happy Faces in sticker form are available in your school supply store to use for class charts.

*Call attention to the illustration of children learning to count and learning letters. Teachers might use these illustrations to introduce math and reading activities to children.

*Make a class chart after rest period of the number of children who took a nap or read a book quietly. The illustration of rest time will be especially helpful to introduce this time of the day that most children will be reluctant to participate in. Using the illustration in this creative picture book will help children with this part of the day.

Colorful Illustrations of More Daily Acitivites

Counting in the Math center
Counting in the Math center | Source
Learning our letters
Learning our letters | Source
Rest time
Rest time | Source
Recess
Recess | Source
The art center is always fun
The art center is always fun | Source

The First Day of School

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© 2018 Cindy Hewitt

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