When I was pregnant with Rory, books really helped Arlo to understand the concept. Arlo was facinated with the ‘new baby’ books. He could see how it related to his life, so much so that when the time came to meet his little brother, I had no doubts that he was fully prepared for his stay at grandma’s house, trip to the hospital, and meeting a new baby. Now that he is about to start preschool, I naturally hunted for childrens’ books that could help prepare him for this new stage in his life.
After reading the descriptions, we decided to go for Maisy Goes To Preschool and Going To Nursery.
Arlo is pretty happy about the idea of preschool, in fact, he can’t wait to go. I felt that some of the books that mostly dealt with nervousness wouldn’t be the best for him, as I worry about placing ideas into his head if they are not already there. Maisy is a confident character, self-assured at preschool, but the book still deals with all the important bits like mum or dad not being there, toilet trips, etc.
Going to Nursery felt really specific to our family. It explains that babies are too young to go to preschool, and there is a page where the older sibling kisses the baby goodbye. Whenever we go anywhere, Arlo always asks if Rory is coming too. I felt this would really help Arlo understand that this is a place for him and not for Rory and Mama. It does touch upon first day nerves, but in the gentlest way possible – the teddies briefly miss their mummies rather than the children. We swap out ‘nursery’ for ‘preschool’ when reading it to Arlo, so as not to confuse him.
I’m hoping our regular bedtime reading of these books will calm my preschool nerves once September and the start of the school year rolls around, as I’ll know Arlo has some idea of what to expect.