Welcome your children back to school with a favorite story: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
Mommy loves you. Many children feel anxious about the newness of heading back to school, and this sweet book assures them that they are loved and will have a wonderful time. It’s great for preschool to second grade, you can find plenty of ways to share and target goals too.
Just so you don’t miss it, I have a freebie for you too, so be sure you read all the way through!
The story begins with a little raccoon named Chester.
Chester cries because he is a bit scared to start school. He begs his mama to stay home with everything that is familiar to him, so he can play with his friends, his toys and read his books.
Mother gives Chester a family secret: the kissing hand. She places a kiss right in the center of his palm. Now, when Chester places it on his cheek, he can feel the warmth of Mommy’s kiss, and he thinks “Mommy loves you.”
Chester loves his kissing hand, and he knows his mother’s love will go with him… even to school. He loves it so much, that he gives mother her own kissing hand at the end of the story. She presses it to her cheek and she knows: “Chester loves me.”
The Kissing Hand is the perfect storybook for back to school.
Here’s my plan for Week ONE! We’ll read the Kissing Hand with my students. We will talk about feelings vocabulary. So many of my children with language goals have limited descriptions for their emotions: happy, sad, and mad. Sometimes scared. We will talk about words like worried, anxious, excited, fearful.
I needed book companion activities for The Kissing Hand!
I created a The Kissing Hand Back to School Speech Therapy Book Companion, so I could address the numerous goals of my growing caseload. I am really excited to tell you about it, I can’t wait to kick off my year with this pack.
School hasn’t started yet, but I understand my school has already gained 76 kids this year. That will surely mean more speech therapy IEPs for me. Yikes. This year I will be supervising an SLPA and will be all about multitasking and making things versatile. Starting with week one!
I love that I have small groups, and can really give individualized attention to my children. We’ll start by drawing our worries, and talk about what made us feel better.
|Talk about feelings and worries with this activity|
Check out the cute writing craftivity on the left:
|Who would you give a Kissing Hand too?|
|Category sorting fun with school supplies|
I made articulation puzzles for minimal pairs.
Like most of us, I have a range of ages on my caseload.
I really love using mini-book readers.
|Fun reader to learn body parts and where questions.|
If you’d like to have your first two weeks back to school all planned out with these fun activities head over to grab it here: The Kissing Hand Speech Therapy Book Companion
We will wrap up our first day with this cute little treat.
I hope you have a terrific back to school, whether you are starting this week (like me) or in a couple weeks!
|The Kissing Hand|