School Transition

  1. Anna Goes to School. Teague, Kati 26 page s . 1991. Bengali Chinese English Greek Hindi Punjabi Somali Turkish Urdu Vietnamese This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    When it is time for Anna to start school, she is not too happy. But after her first day, she is ready for more. (Description from source.)

    Recommended for ages 4-7.

  2. Educational Handbook for Refugee Parents. International Rescue Committee 82 page s . 2006. Burmese English French Somali Spanish .

    Acquaints refugee parents with the U.S. school system; school grade levels; expectations of students at each level in terms of academics and personal conduct; and parents' responsibilities in ensuring that their children meet the school system expectations. The International Rescue Committee encourages parents to meet with their children's teachers and frequently talk with their children about their schoolwork, as well as urge their children to pursue college. Step-by-step instructions clarify the procedures for choosing a college, the application process, and securing financial aid. An appendix details resources that address parents' specific needs: finding an interpreter; scheduling meetings with teachers or administrators; obtaining permission for a child's absence or late arrival; requesting a fee waiver or free lunch; and requesting resources for families learning English.

    The handbook is also available in Spanish, French, Somali, and Burmese.

  3. Examining Multicultural Picture Books for the Early Childhood Classroom: Possibilities and Pitfalls. Mendoza, Jean , Reese, Debbie 31 page s . 2001 Fall. English .

    Children's picture books have an increasingly significant place in early childhood classrooms. Picture books that depict the variety of ethnic, racial, and cultural groups within U.S. society (known generally as multicultural picture books) allow young children opportunities to develop their understanding of others, while affirming children of diverse backgrounds. This paper discusses the possibilities and the pitfalls involved in the selection of multicultural literature for use with young children, examines two books featuring Mexican American protagonists to illuminate issues and problems in the images the books present of Mexican Americans, discusses some contemporary theories on race as ways of understanding such issues and problems, and considers possible actions for early childhood educators and teacher education programs to take.

  4. Flightlines: Exploring Early Readers for Children about the Refugee Experience. Hope, Julia 289-298 page s . 2007. English .

    Much has been written about children's literature that deals with war, and specifically the Holocaust, but very little has been said about the portrayal of the refugee experience in children's books, which is now developing as a significant genre of its own. The rapid growth in these books, which are aimed at all ages, has not been documented separately and yet there are compelling messages that derive from them about citizenship, tolerance, respect and integration, as well as the enduring nature of the human spirit in the face of terrible circumstances. This article focuses particularly on books about the refugee experience written for the younger reader, and their suitability for the age group they are aimed at. (Description from source).

  5. Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development. Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) , Office of Head Start’s National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) 48 page s . 2013. Arabic English Nepali Somali Spanish .

    BRYCS and the Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) have partnered to create "Raising Children in a New Country:  Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development,"  an illustrated handbook for newcomer families parenting young children!  Building on the original BRYCS publication, "Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook," this new handbook addresses the following themes:  Family Well-Being, Safety and Protection, Guidance and Discipline, Healthy Brain Development, Early Learning and School Readiness, and Connecting to Early Care and Education.

    Also see Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country Handbook. It is designed to support Head Start and Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), Refugee Resettlement staff, and other early care and education providers in using and applying concepts from the Handbook. 

    Handbook Tip Sheets are also available and correspond to the themes in the Handbook and include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each theme.

  6. Sam's First Day. Mills, David , Finlay, Lizzie 24 page s . 2000. Albanian Arabic Bengali Chinese Czech English Farsi French Gujarati Portuguese Somali Spanish Tamil Turkish Urdu Vietnamese This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    Sam loved to talk. On his first day at school he talked and talked all the way there. But when Sam got to school, he stopped talking. Sam enjoyed writing. He enjoyed playing games. He enjoyed reading. But he just would not talk! Until... A gently told tale for all children new to school or the newcomer to the classroom. (Description from source.)

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

  7. The Impact of Discrimination on the Early Schooling Experiences of Children from Immigrant Families. Keys Adair, Jennifer 32 page s . September 2015. English .

    This report maps the types of discrimination young children of immigrants may experience at school, as well as the consequences for children, families, and schools. The report outlines potential interventions that educators can take to address discrimination faced by young children of immigrants. The report is the second in a series

  8. Tom and Sofia Start School. Barkow, Henriette , Lamont, Priscilla 32 page s . 2006. Albanian Arabic Bengali Chinese English Farsi French German Greek Gujarati Hindi Italian Japanese Kurdish Polish Portuguese Punjabi Russian Somali Spanish Tagalog Turkish Urdu Vietnamese This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.

    This children's book goes through a school day through the eyes of two young children - including circle time, art, snack, bathroom, lunch, recess, games, and clean up. The illustrations are diverse and include Muslim and Jewish students as well as those with disabilities. Some of the English words used are British (such as "Mum"), but is otherwise appropriate for students in the U.S. 

    Recommended for ages: 4-8.