Welcome to a New School Year!
Capstone hopes to help set you—and your students—up for success. Undoubtedly, supporting students’ social emotional learning will take on even more importance this school year as kids transition back to school. In author and licensed family therapist Merriam Sarcia Saunders’ essay, she offers some ways you can help students manage their back-so-school anxiety. In addition, check out our free activities for students, fun freebies for your library or classroom, curated booklists, and more. Get into the back-to-school frame of mind with Capstone!
Fall 2021 Spotlight
7 Tips for Managing Students’ Back-to-School Anxiety
By Merriam Sarcia Saunders, author of Trouble With a Tiny t
"For some students, back-to-school in 2021 may be the first time they have physically been in class in well over a year. During that time away, students have had vastly different at-home experiences which have potentially impacted their mental health. Some children have been waiting excitedly for this day (as have their caregivers!) and will fall into in-person school like they’d never left. For others, however, school will bring a new host of anxieties. They may directly fear exposure to illness or have separation anxiety from their families. For students with social-emotional delays or learning disabilities, at-home learning may have relieved them of social and academic pressures, resulting in a new “fear of normal” about facing those pressures again.
How can teachers and librarians best prepare for the wide range of anxieties a return to school may bring?"
15 Perfect Back-to-School Books!
Back-to-school can be an exciting time, but also one filled with uncertainty and big feelings. Books can be a perfect way to start conversations about all of the changes and the emotions that children may be feeling. From common school worries like being away from home or fitting in, to reintroducing important social skills and personal hygiene, here are some of our favorite books to ease kids back to school. If you’re looking for the perfect read for back-to-school, we have you covered!