Our first day of school included the reading of The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Many are familiar with this book. It's such a perfect book to read to your own child before heading off to school for the first (or even second) time.
If you haven't read it here is a synopsis: Little Raccoon is scared to go to school. His mother reassures him by telling him a secret. She takes his hand and kisses his palm. Now whenever he misses her, he can put his hand on his cheek and remember that his mother loves him. Then right before he goes to school he kisses her palm and said now she can put her palm to her cheek whenever she misses him! Isn't that sweet!
Here is what we did to reinforce the story:
The child made a hand print on a piece of card stock and glued a paper heart to the middle (represents the kiss). Then I found this really cute poem that I added to the top. Search in Pinterest for more cute poems!
Then I sent a note home asking the parents to trace and cut their hand print and add a little heart, then return it to school. I hung these up for the kids to use when and if they ever need to feel their parents love. Aww...