Our nephew is heading off to kindergarten this fall, and his little brother is starting preschool (they call it 3-school where they live, which is descriptive, I guess, but it always throws me for a bit of a loop when they call it that. Here (and everywhere else I've ever lived), it's preschool. Just preschool. And then sometimes they call the 4 yr old classes pre-K, I think to make themselves feel important. Anyway...). Big month in the D household.
Ua had some separation difficulties when he was in 3-school, and I know his mom is feeling a little apprehensive that it'll continue in kindergarten. And I am no stranger to school and separation issues. My poor little AKD cried every.single.day of kindergarten for about the first 2 months. It wasn't pretty, but I didn't know what to do to ease his anxiety. If I had known then what I know now...but I digress.
So I sent the boys a couple of back to school crafts based on The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
The Kissing Hand is a lovely story about Chester the raccoon starting school for the first time. He's not sure if he'll like it and is feeling anxious and worried about how it'll go. His mama reassures him, and then shows him a family secret: the kissing hand. Mama lovingly kisses Chester's hand and tells him that whenever he's missing her, all he needs to do is hold his hand up to his cheek for a kiss and to remember that his mama loves him.
It really is a sweet story, just perfect for little ones who are separating from their parents for the first time or trying something new.
I sent the boys a copy of the book, then had them make shrinky dink kissing hands to keep with them at school, attached to their backpacks. They made extras for Mom to keep with her as well :)
I also sent this free printable Kissing Hand poem that I found on Pinterest.
Here's a special thing to do
When I am scared of leaving you.
Hold my hand, then kiss it here.
The kiss will help to keep you near.
It will help me through my day
So I can work and learn and play.
Just print, cut out, and glue to one side of a piece of paper. Next paint the child's hand, and place it carefully on the other side of the paper (or just trace the child's hand). Cut out a red construction paper heart and glue it in the center of the handprint.
Have fun making your Kissing Hand crafts, and best wishes for a terrific school year!