While some students cannot wait to go back to school and be with their friends again, for some others, like autistic students or students who struggle with anxiety issues, the thought of going back to school can be terrifying and leading to lots of unwanted behaviors.
This story helps students who struggle transitioning back to school after the winter break by verbalizing some of their worries, like following school rules and possible procedures, new schedule, doing class work again, staying focused, etc. The story offers an adult perspective letting the students know that everybody has a hard time returning to work after a long break, and those feelings are perfectly fine. It's what we do with those feelings that matter, so students are offered alternate behaviors to worrying and refusing to work, like asking a friend or an adult for help when stuck, following other students, using calm down strategies, positive self talk, growth mindset strategies, etc.
Note: If you live in an area where there is no snow, you don't need to be worried. All the winter images are contained on to one page that can be easily eliminated from the story because the pages are not labeled.
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