Using a Storybook to Involve Families

by Viviana Hampton, May 2015

900 words

3 pages


Summary of the text: I have chosen the book “Sam and Gram and the First Day of School”, as it helps realize that the first day at school is really very important to children, because they change the atmosphere, they change home surrounding into school surrounding and thus they get acquainted with a lot of new children. As a matter of fact, everything that is new is embarrassing and stressful. So, the primary task of parents and other relatives (in our case, a grandmother) is to provide support for children and make them focus their attention on positive and pleasant moments. Later on, parents can help their children adapt to school life in many different ways, the main purpose of which is to make their children feel comfortable and demonstrate good results in the process of studying. One of the most important means of improving children’s school life is to suggest innovative ideas and decisions that will never be left aside.

“As members of some committees, parents help make important decisions about the school” (Mayer, 2007, p. 16).

Having read this book, I hope to apply this knowledge when working with children and their parents. First of all, I would let children realize how many interesting things they are likely to experience during their first day at school and I would emphasize that it is vitally important that parents and close relatives provide their children with solid support during the first day. Actually, the first day at school will depict both positive and negative moments, but what attitude towards school a child will form strongly depends on parental support.

“A Family Letter”:

Dear parents,

I would like to express my feelings of happiness concerning our future cooperation. I know that you like your children very much and would do your best in order to make the life of your children at school wonderful and pleasant.

Have you ever thought over how important the first day at school is? If yes, then you are on the right way. If no, then you just in time to join our discussion of the book that will let you realize how important it is to support your children, to make them reflect on positive experience, to make them realize that they will make a lot of positive acquaintances and friends who will remain friends in their future life as well. If you are interested in the first step of socialization of your child, if you believe that now the destiny of your children and the destiny of their future life depend on you, then do not waste a minute and come to the discussion of the book “Sam and Gram and the first day of School”. Be sure that here you will find a lot of answers to your questions and you will be welcomed to ask any questions that are significant to you.

Yours sincerely,


“5 Discussion Questions”:

What feelings did the boy practice during his first day at school? Do you think that those feelings are typical for children who are …

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