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Get Set for School With These Kindergarten Books!

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Updated on May 21, 2014

Crack open one of these titles, or ask the local librarian for more suggestions. And roll a few kindergarten prep books into your reading routine at least a week before school begins.

Don't Just Read, Talk!: Books can serve as a great jumping off point for discussion, so make sure that in addition to reading, you're talking, too. Parents and older siblings should "share their experiences about beginning kindergarten, their fears when they were that age and how they handled their anxiety," Goldstein says. Don't forget to remind your child how he handled other new situations and how well he managed them.

Take School for a Trial Run: Get your kid adjusted to waking up at the appropriate time-- and don't wait until the morning before school to do it! Practice laying clothes out the night before. Walk to the schoolyard ahead of time and see how long it takes you, or point out the school bus stop. Introduce the new routine, or at least elements from it, before school begins.  "A visit to the classroom, meeting the new teacher, understanding the schedule-- these are not just conveniences for the kids!" Rea says, "These rituals can go a long way to reassure parents about the safety and well-being of their children during the school day, and the benefits of that reassurance trickle down, literally, to their kids."

Keep Your Cool! As hard as it is, be sure to keep your own anxiety in check. Yes, your little baby is growing up. And yes, you may have some bad memories of your own trials and tribulations in the sandbox, but your child is looking to you for cues. "Parents need to instill confidence in their child and manage their own anxiety, so as not to communicate their own fears," Goldstein says.

In other words, you can cry with the other moms and dads in the parking lot, after your child has gone through the door. But until then, keep your head up. Your kid will be watching!

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