Below you will see an interactive social story about going to school.
The story helps children prepare for a typical school day, including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills.
Social stories are a research-based tool used to help children prepare for real-life events. They can help ease anxiety or set expectations for behavior in a certain situation.
Preparing for new routines and expectations can reduce anxiety
Talk to your child about differences they may encounter in the story vs. a real school day.
You can explain that no two school days are exactly alike and that their day might differ somewhat from the story.
Encourage them to talk or draw pictures about how their day might differ.
The story gives your child space for drawing and writing. Feel free to print this story out and read it several times with your child/client/student (without pressure).
Children can draw/write in the spaces provided once the story is printed.
For More Free Social Stories See:
- I Am Going to the Doctor to help your child prepare for doctor’s appointments
- I Am Going to the Dentist to prepare children for dental appointments
- I Am Going to a Restaurant to teach kids about restaurant behavior
- I Hate the Word No to teach children how to calmly respond the dreaded “No” word
Thank you for visiting educationandbehavior.com, a site that provides free support for all children in the areas of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development. Many of our strategies can also be used to support adults with special needs.
Please share this story to help other children get familiar with the routine of the school day.
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