Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Toolkit for Preparing Children and Families [NOOK Book]

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Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools. Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? provides early childhood professionals with information and practical advice to help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Helpful ...
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Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Toolkit for Preparing Children and Families

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Overview

Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools. Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? provides early childhood professionals with information and practical advice to help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Helpful activities and reproducible checklists and handouts are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605541815
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 136
  • File size: 1,007 KB

Meet the Author

Angèle Sancho Passe is a consultant and writer in early education with more than thirty years of experience. Her work focuses on early literacy, school readiness, and the transition to kindergarten. Angèle teaches at the University of Minnesota and at the Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral Network. She is co-president of Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Children Ready for School, Schools Ready for Children and Families 11

The Concept of School Readiness for Children 12

The School Readiness Road 13

Early Learning Standards and Indicators of Progress 15

The Role of Language and Literacy in School Readiness 28

Demographics and the Learning Needs of Children in the Twenty-first Century 31

The Concept of Ready Schools 32

Ready Schools Need Ready Personnel 34

Discussion Starters 33

Chapter 2 Kindergarten in the Twenty-first Century 41

A Brief History of Kindergarten 42

Philosophical Foundation for the American Kindergarten 43

The Reality of the Current Kindergarten 45

New Academic Pressures 45

Full-Day versus Half-Day Kindergarten 46

Kindergarten as the Bridge between Preschool and Elementary School 47

The Impact of Home on School Preparation 47

What Kindergarten Looks Like Today 49

Two Kindergarten Classrooms Observed 50

Different Kindergarten Styles 53

Discussion Starters 54

Chapter 3 Preparing Children for Kindergarten 55

Going to Kindergarten Is a New Situation 56

Child Development 101: Growth Is Not a Straight Arrow 60

Preparing Dual-Language Learners 64

Preparing Children with Special Needs 66

Understanding the Kindergarten Teacher's Challenges 67

Whose Job Is It to Prepare Children for Kindergarten? 68

Special Transition-to-Kindergarten Activities 72

Discussion Starters 80

Chapter 4 Preparing Families for Kindergarten 82

A Road Map to Kindergarten 83

Parents' Hopes 83

Parents' Anxieties 84

Addressing Parents' Feelings and Needs 85

Helping Parents Prepare Their Children 87

Special Transition Activities to Prepare Parents for Kindergarten 95

Discussion Starters 102

Chapter 5 Preparing Pre-K Teachers and Child Care Providers 103

Teachers' and Caregivers' Roles 104

All Who Care for Children Are Teachers 105

Practical Tools for Gauging Early Literacy Behaviors 106

Provide Feedback to Parents 109

Early Childhood Educators Learn about Kindergarten 111

Discussion Starters 113

chapter 6 Transition-to-Kindergarten Planning 114

Continuity Is the Goal 115

Thinking about Logistics 116

Pre-K to K-12 Collaboration 116

Now Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? 121

A Few Last Words 125

Discussion Starters 126

Appendix A Are Children Ready for Kindergarten? Checklist 127

Appendix B Are Families Ready for Kindergarten? Checklist 128

Appendix C Are Prekindergarten Teachers, Family Child Care Providers, and Family Educators Ready to Prepare Children for Kindergarten? Checklist 129

Appendix D Literacy-Richness Assessment #1: Children's Behaviors 130

Appendix E Literacy-Richness Assessment #2: Adults' Behaviors 131

Appendix F Action Plan for Transition-to-Kindergarten Activities Template 133

Appendix G Online Resources 134

References 139

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