Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I Cannot Live Without Jake... best book ever!
Is this book in your read aloud stash? I bet it isn't! This is the best story I have ever seen on school anxiety.
I presented the entire story when I did a training with kindergarten teachers and they all bought it the next day (I wish Amazon would offer me a kickback!) Trust me on this one. It is hilarious and adorable. So in a nutshell Jake refuses to let go of his parents once he gets to school and he is utterly overwhelmed by the environment
(sounds like my students). He refuses to let go of them the entire day but quickly discovers that he can't do much clinging to them. Finally it is story time and he ends up holding the book, letting go of Mom and Dad and falling in love with school.
Kindergarten Teachers: Buy this book and read it the first day! I promise you the kids will adore it. The obvious conversation can be about how each of us feels a bit like Jake, even the teacher.