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Aug 19

First Day of School Jitters by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 19, 2021 at 6:08 PM by Genesis Gaule

Is your child excited for the new school year or dreading it? Maybe even a bit of both! Starting school is a big milestone and can be filled with overwhelming emotions, especially for young children. Whether they are starting school for the first time or moving up a grade, reading with your child about school can help them process these big feelings and prepare them for what school might be like.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 picture books to help your child start their school year off on the right foot!

Llama Llama Misses Mama

by Anna Dewdney

It's Llama Llama's first day of preschool! But after mama leaves, Llama Llama is sad. Can the other children and his teacher help him enjoy school even though he misses his mama? A classic selection for kids who experience separation anxiety. // Ages 3-5 (PreS-K)

The Pigeon has to go to School!

by Mo Willems

Pigeon does not want to go to school and he’s going to tell you why. What if math is too hard? The backpack will be too heavy! Will the other kids like him? Humor is a wonderful way to ease the first-day-of-school jitters, and this silly, relatable story captures many common school anxieties. It's also a great way to help kids open up about their own fears of starting school. // Ages 3-6 (PreS-1)

Vera's First Day of School

by Vera Rosenberry

The first day of school can be both thrilling and scary. Vera cannot wait for the day when she starts school, but the first day does not go exactly as she has planned. With charm and gentle humor, Vera explores all the different feelings associated with this important milestone. // Ages 4-6 (PreS-1)

The King of Kindergarten

by Derrick Barnes

Inspire confidence in your little one with this upbeat story following a young boy as he conquers his first day of kindergarten with courage and kindness. // Ages 4-5 (K)

First Day Critter Jitters

by Jory John

It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous, each with their own worries about how school will go. Can the animals learn to help one another through their jitters to make sure school isn't so scary after all? // Ages 4-8 (K-3)

I Got the School Spirit

by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Send your kid off to school eager and bursting with optimism as a young girl enthusiastically spreads school spirit from home to school and back again. Each lively illustrated spread features a simple sentence with an accompanying sound effect that makes reading aloud especially fun. // Ages 4-6 (PreS-1)

The New Kid Has Fleas

by Ame Dyckman

The new girl is... weird. She doesn’t wear shoes, howls, and kids say she even has fleas! Follow the narrator as he learns about getting to know someone different than himself when he is paired with the new kid during a science project. // Ages 4-7 (K-2)

Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

by Bob Shea

Concerned about losing friends during the first week of school, Unicorn upgrades his fabulousness. But when his plan backfires, Unicorn learns about who real friends are and the importance of being true to oneself. // Ages 4-8 (K-3)

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, Kora-Jalimuso is empowered as she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latine, and Middle Eastern names. A beautiful and heartwarming story about honoring identity and cultural heritage. Pronunciations included to help the reader "sing" each name aloud. // Ages 5-10 (K-4)

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

This touching read acknowledges the times when children feel different or misunderstood and encourages them to share their stories, so the world can "open itself up a little wider to make some space" for them. // Available in English and en Español // Ages 5-10 (K-4)

Oct 08

How I Cope by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 8, 2020 at 3:21 PM by Genesis Gaule

Attending school during a pandemic is no easy feat! What we are all facing is new, and unexplored territory. This can be very nerve racking. East Grand Forks schools are lucky. We as a district are able to attend school in person part time and online during the off days, but in turn, this can create a good deal of stress. We are now asked to go back and forth, keep track of classes and assignments, and have to be more organized in order to succeed. All of this stress and anxiety can be hard on everyone, but what we chose to do with that stress will make all the difference in our 2020-2021 school year.

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We can go throughout the year having anxiety about school and all that comes with it, or we can learn to deal with that stress and anxiety before it becomes a problem. I personally have anxiety about a lot of things. I worry, and I stress out until I eventually break. It becomes too much. One way I have learned to cope with these feelings is through reading. Now don’t turn away because someone from the library is being cliche and telling you that you should read. I promise it’s not like that! This is how I personally cope. It’s different for everyone, and that’s okay! For me, I need to get away when I’m stressed. I need to forget about my problems for a little bit and relax. Even if it is only for five minutes. I notice I start to feel better when I am able to put away my problems for a little bit and clear my head.

While my stress reliever might be reading there are many other ways to do the same thing. You could run, draw, listen to music, build something with Legos, shoot hoops, and so much more. Whatever calms you, do it!

How do these activities help? Well, imagine you are stuck in the woods and don’t know where to go. What are you going to feel? Panic? Worry? Whatever you are going through you know one thing; you want to get out. Instead of laying down and giving up, you would want to find a way to escape. If you are able to slow down, think, maybe climb a tree or, in other words, find our outlet for stress, you will find that you are able to see the bigger picture and find a way out of the woods.

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Knowing how I cope has helped me immensely during this crazy school year. I hope that you can find your outlet for stress, and use it as a way to cope with all of the craziness that is going on around us each and every day. I implore you to look on the bright side of things, slow down, and find a way out of the woods

Sep 18

Schoolbook Overload by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 18, 2020 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

You hear that bell ringing?  It means that school has started once again, and with it comes the required textbook readings.

I do not have to tell you how many times I have looked at a syllabus and stared at the required reading list just thinking, “Why, oh why, did I take this class.”  It’s probably the same, if not similar, for quite a few students out there.  Then when it comes down to it and you start reading them, you just start to get tired and find no enjoyment.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some textbooks I have enjoyed reading.  However, the majority of them have been very long and dry.

Don’t let this deter you from enjoying reading though.  We all know that there are other books that we can read for fun.  You just need to know when to read them, while still maintaining that textbook reading schedule.  I have found a couple ways in which to do this.

Maintaining Fun Reading:

  1. One of the best times to read is of course right before you go to bed for the night.  Reading something that you enjoy will help you not only relax and de-stress, but it will also help to clear your thoughts for the evening.
  2. I have also found that reading right after you have your noon meal is a good time as well.  Instead of being on the phone or watching TV, reading at that point can be relaxing, it gives you time to digest and just relax the eyes.
  3. The final time is an interesting one.  If I can, I try and read something right after I finish with my homework for the day, whether it be actual work or reading a text from the required readings.  This is mainly because I try to get myself in a different mindset from when I am working on schoolwork, reading helps with that.

Reading is meant for a variety of reasons.  Whether it be for educational purposes, for informative purposes, or for fun.  Overload of schoolwork has been seen to cause many issues for students, and in order for these issues to not happen students need to have a way to decompress.  Finding time to read something enjoyable is what I try and do, maybe it can help you as well.