Ready... Start... School!: Nurturing and Guiding Your Child Through Preschool and Kindergarten

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Ready...Start...School! is a must have for all parents of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. This easy-to-read, parent friendly book offers practical guidance on the ways parents can help stimulate and nurture their child's development of reading and writing; language and communication; thinking and reasoning; social and emotional behaviors; and gross and fine motor skills. Included are numerous strategies, games, and activities that are educationally sound as well as ...
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Overview

Ready...Start...School! is a must have for all parents of preschool- and kindergarten-aged children. This easy-to-read, parent friendly book offers practical guidance on the ways parents can help stimulate and nurture their child's development of reading and writing; language and communication; thinking and reasoning; social and emotional behaviors; and gross and fine motor skills. Included are numerous strategies, games, and activities that are educationally sound as well as enjoyable for ongoing school success.

Some of the topics include:

  • Deciding to enroll a child in kindergarten or to wait another year
  • Preparing a child for the social and behavioral expectations of school
  • How to develop a child's problem-solving skills
  • Strategies for developing emergent and beginning reading skills
  • The importance of art, music, and movement in the life of a young child

Two sections provide valuable guidance and know-how to parents: What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has a Developmental Delay or Disability stresses early intervention and the team approach to helping children. What the Experts Say includes interviews from experienced perschool and kindergarten teachers and directors based on their many years of teaching young children.

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What skills should my child be developing between the ages of three and five? What should I do if something seems wrong? How do I know when my child is ready for kindergarten? All of these common questions, and many more, are answered thoroughly, with compassion, and with your child's best interests at the forefront in this invaluable book from education expert Sandra Rief. The issues facing parents these days as their toddlers approach school age are many, and they are complex: widespread and complicated testing, increased awareness of learning disabilities, and renewed focus on social and behavioral skills are a source of great anxiety for some parents. Rief offers solid, practical advice that will help parents make choices that will put their children on the right path to a satisfying learning experience, both inside the classroom and out. Commendably, the book never fails to take into consideration different temperaments and learning styles that different children exhibit, thus avoiding the one-size-fits-all mentality that renders much advice on this topic too rigid to be helpful. To the contrary, this guide is a useful tool for all parents, whether their child is struggling or is already launched on a successful classroom career. (Karen Burns)
Publishers Weekly
In Ready... Start... School! Nurturing and Guiding Your Child Through Preschool & Kindergarten, Sandra F. Rief emphasizes that "[t]he message of this book is to enjoy your young child." This educator, who specializes in learning disabilities, concentrates on the crucial years from three to five, when great brain activity occurs and kids absorb enormous amounts of information. The most important thing is learning language, which facilitates reading, and each child develops individually within predictable stages. Enrolling a child in preschool or kindergarten can be a difficult decision and depends on the readiness of the individual child. Rief offers reassurance in short simple sections with checklists for each stage of development and an emphasis on talking with children and listening to them. She also provides ideas for developing cognitive and math skills, lists of resources and advice on what to do if there are signs of disabilities or difficulties. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735202993
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Critical Role of Parents in Their Child's Education

Part 1: What Parents Need to Know About Their 3- to 5-Year-Olds

Developmental Milestones of 3- to 5-Year-Olds

Enrolling Your Child in Kindergarten or Waiting Another Year

What Are General Kindergarten Readiness Skills?

What Schools Expect of Kindergarteners by the End of the School Year

Part 2: Creating a Learning Environment Where Children Feel Confident

The Most Important Gifts You Can Give Your Young Child

Creating a Home Environment That Encourages Success

Building Your Child's Confidence and Self-Esteem

Protecting and Influencing Your Impressionable Young Child

What Are Learning Styles?

Recognizing and Nurturing Your Child's Strengths and Interests

The Importance of Music, Art, and Movement/Dance Activities

Developmentally Appropriate Games, Books, Songs, Manipulatives, and Other Activities/Resources

Valuable Resources for Parents (Note: Includes web sites)

Part 3: Advice on Social, Behavioral, and Discipline Issues

Communicating So Your Child Will Listen Better and Pay Attention

How to Prepare Your Child for the Social and Behavioral Expectations of School

Effective Behavioral Strategies and Positive Discipline Practices

Developing Your Child's Problem-Solving Skills and Ability to Get Along with Others

Preventing Behavioral Problems at Home and Other Places

Tips for Parenting Challenging Children

Part 4: Everything a Parent Needs to Know on How Children Learn to Read

Language and Literacy: The Building Blocks of School Success

What Is Phonemic and Phonological Awareness?

Playing with Sounds and Language

Helping Your Child Learn the Alphabet

What Research Says About Preventing Reading Difficulties

What to Expect in the Emergent and Beginning Levels of Reading Development

Getting Them Off to a Good Start: Strategies for Developing Emergent and Beginning Reading Skills

What Good Readers Do - Positive Reading Behaviors

The Importance of Read-Alouds and Shared Reading: Strategies for Reading to and with Your Child

Building Vocabulary and Comprehension Skills

How to Ask Questions That Guide Your Child in Developing Good Reading Habits and Thinking Skills

Beginning Phonics, Word Recognition, and Word Study Skills

Part 5: Getting Your Child Organized and Ready for Writing, Math, and Homework

What to Expect in the Emergent and Beginning Levels of Writing Development

Getting Them Off to a Good Start: Strategies for Developing Emergent and Beginning Writing Skills

Strategies for Building Fine Motor and Prewriting/Writing Skills

Beginning Number and Mathematical Concepts

Helping Your Child Develop Critical Math Skills and Concepts

Beginning Time Awareness and Organizational Skills

The Value and Purpose of Homework

Part 6: What to Do If You Suspect Your Child Has a Developmental Delay or Disability

Children with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Other Special Needs

When You Are Concerned About Your Child's Development

Working with Your Child's School: A Team Approach

Part 7: What the Experts Say

Advice for Parents from Interviews with Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers and Directors

Additional Resources by the Author

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Not all in this book is developmentally appropriate

    This book is not in keeping with prescribed NAEYC developmentally correct practices for the early childhood classroom. It may be OK for a non-NAEYC approved facility. This author would have been better off collaborating with experts from NAEYC before publishing this book.

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