This month we chose "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat are you Waking up?" Over the summer we added a sweet kitten, Cocoa, to our family. We've been reading a lot of cat books since then. Also, this book was a great choice for back to school. In the story, a kitten is trying to get ready for school. This book allowed us to discuss back to school morning routines.
Book Review of Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are you Waking Up?
High Fives for Rhyming WordsMany of Bill Martin Jr.s' books have a rhyming text. One way that I try to keep the boys engaged during the read aloud is to have them listen for rhyming words. When they hear rhymes, they give a high five. This activity can work any book. Try it with your Bill Martin Jr. book of choice.
Creating a RoutineIn Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat are you Waking up?, the kitten has trouble getting out the door for school. We talked about busy mornings and the best way to get ready for school. Logan just started kindergarten so this was a relevant topic for us. To be honest, school has gotten off to a difficult start. In talking to other moms, I'm finding this is a common occurrence. Logan was so excited to start kindergarten, but after about 3 days, he was pretty much done with the entire thing! Our mornings involved a lot of tears and complaining about school. He would get out of bed in the morning and immediately begin protesting school. Getting him dressed, fed, and out the door was stressful. I won't even mention the trauma of the actual drop off.
Luckily, I have the support of other bloggers in the Virtual Book Club and other mom blogger groups. Many of us were going through the same thing! More experienced moms came alongside us and offered up tips. One strategy that was very helpful was to create a routine and stick with it.
We began with these routine picture cards from Childhood 101.
Writing a routineWe wrote out our routine for the morning. I drew a happy face to remind him that I believed his school environment was a safe and good place for him. Logan took the marker and sweetly drew a heart. He told me, "mom, if you miss me, just look at this heart and know that I love you." [heart melting]. We hung our written routine on the fridge. He is pretty good at reading without the picture cards, but I'm thinking of turning the picture cards into fridge magnets for my three year old.
Our mornings are much smoother with the routine. He is still a little sad to go to school but each day gets better.
Here are some of the amazing tips that were shared with me by awesome mom bloggers.
Wemberly Worried Activities from The Educators Spin on It PP
Tips for Settling into the School Routine from Here Come the Girls
Back to School Separation Anxiety from Imagination Soup
Play School to Ease Worries with a Barbie Play School in a Cardboard Box from Pink and Green Mama
A reminder that the morning routine, while helpful, doesn't have to be perfect-- from The House of Hendrix
Have you dealt with a reluctant kindergartener?
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