School is back in session! My son, who is going to school for the first time, is facing a lot of anxiety. He tells me every morning that he doesn't want to go to school, because he wants to spend the day with me and his little brother, just like he had done during the summer.
My son has asked me to read this particular book about the legendary Franklin the Turtle this week. I think it's helping him to de-stress and calm down from the newness of his school day by reading about Franklin and his first day at school. My son can see himself as Franklin who gets nervous "jumping frogs" in his tummy before getting on the school bus. He furthermore identifies with Franklin who seems unsure of his own skills when he sees other kids around him and the skills that they have gained, he hugs his mom and dad just a little tighter before he has to let them go and then he is quiet in his class. But then, just like my son does everyday, Franklin ends up having a great day at school and forgets all about his anxiety from the morning.
If you have a child who was and continues to be anxious about school, this is a good book go read as a beloved character also experiences the same thing. This book can help your child know that everything will be ok with school, after all.
And your child will enjoy this more as the illustrations are colourful, filled with many characters who are each doing their own actions and the faces of the characters are very expressive. My son particularly enjoys the illustrations of the yellow school bus and he's now been asking me if he can go on a yellow school bus. Unfortunately for him, that is a No.
- Ensure that your child is relaxed, maybe before bedtime, and talk to him about his school day. What makes them happy? What makes them nervous about school? How do they feel about their teacher? Encourage them to respond in full sentences such as, “Today, I played with red and green blocks with my friend.”
- Ask him to draw what he does during his school such as his favourite time of the day, just like Franklin draws pictures in this book.