Title: My First School Journal | Author: Richard Scarry | Publication Date: July 1, 2013 | Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 6 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: The very first year of school is an exciting milestone in a child’s life. Here, brand new students can chronicle their early school adventures with the help of Richard Scarry’s beloved characters. Huckle Cat, Hilda Hippo and Lowly Worm spell, count, play and sing throughout these colorful pages to encourage little ones to record how they felt, who they met and what they learned during those first few days and beyond. Children will draw, write, paste and get creative with more than 60 included stickers. A big storage pocket at the end of the book holds special mementos to help commemorate the time. A super fun project for kids that will become a cherished family keepsake down the road.
My Thoughts: Do you have a child starting preschool or kindergarten? Are you looking for a way to make that experience extra-special? My First School Journal by Richard Scarry is a wonderful way for a child to remember the details of their experience starting school. In this journal, children are encouraged to write down information about the school building itself including the name of the school, the address, the number of stairs and doors, and more; class composition including the teacher’s name and the number of girls and boys; some of the activities they take part in including outdoor games, music, favorite books read by the teacher, art projects, and all of the things they are learning.
Some of the other fun activities in the book include two pages of star stickers and stickers of Richard Scarry’s characters (Huckle Cat, Hilda Hippo, and more) engaged in various activities. There are also blanks boxes on some pages encouraging children to add a photo related to their school experiences. The last few pages in particular are a great deal of fun with children encouraged to write their name backwards, to draw a picture of themselves as a grown-up, and to think about what they want to do when they grow up. All in all, this wonderful book has the potential to be a great keepsake that someone will enjoy reading when they get older.
I highly recommend this wonderful journal as a child’s way to store special memories that they will hold dear as they venture off to school for the first time. This book would make a great gift for a child beginning preschool, kindergarten, or any other school setting. Ages 3 to 6.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *