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No More Tears! A Kindergarten Teacher's Guide to Separation & Goodbyes

The first month of kindergarten is truly a magical time, but also a very challenging one. This Collection offers support to planning a tear-free first week, month, and beyond. It addresses separation anxiety and practical ways to target it while creating a comforting, safe, (and fun!) classroom environment.
A Collection By Kate Mishara
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No More Tears! A Kindergarten Teacher's Guide to Separation & Goodbyes
  • Kate Mishara says:
    This is a Kindergarten Transition Guide out of the Twin Rivers Unified School District in Sacramento, CA. It is such a valuable resource, I wish every school district would produce something similar!
  • Kate Mishara says:
    This packet is labeled first grade, but all of the activities can easily be altered and used in Kinder! Pages 5-9 feature a Jitter Juice poem and series of activities which pair amazingly well with the read aloud included in this collection! The Jitter Juice activity is one of my all time favorites for calming nervous kiddos in the first week of school.
  • Kate Mishara says:
    Not only is saying goodbye hard for children, but it can be extremely difficult for parents as well! This is a short and sweet resource that you can share with parents. It offers 5 strategies that they can use before the school day even begins.
  • Kate Mishara says:
    Read aloud are a wonderful way to discuss first week fears. I absolutely love every book on this list, and I'm a tough critic :) Each of these books can be incorporated into the first few weeks of school to address first week jitters and goodbyes! My personal favorite is First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg.
  • Kate Mishara says:
    Keep this book on an easy to reach shelf, because it will be a go to during the first month of school! I recommend reading it cover to cover over the summer, and then referencing it as needed throughout the year. Nancy Balaban educates teachers on separation anxiety and the need for parents and teachers to work as a team.