What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Revised and updated): Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning

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Help your child exceed the Common Core standards with the revised and updated What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
 
Designed for use by parents and teachers, this groundbreaking first volume in the Core Knowledge Series provides kindergartners with the fundamentals they need to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. It sets out the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good kindergarten program and introduces ...

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Overview

Help your child exceed the Common Core standards with the revised and updated What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
 
Designed for use by parents and teachers, this groundbreaking first volume in the Core Knowledge Series provides kindergartners with the fundamentals they need to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. It sets out the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good kindergarten program and introduces activities that help a child take the first steps in learning to read and write. Featuring a new Introduction and filled with age-appropriate questions and suggestions that stimulate thinking and build vocabulary, this revised and updated edition of What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know also includes
 
Favorite poems—read and recite together from Mother Goose, A. A. Milne, Langston Hughes, and more, all beautifully illustrated
Beloved stories and fables—read aloud from “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “Cinderella,” Winnie-the-Pooh, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and many more, including multicultural folktales from African, Japanese, and Native American traditions
Familiar sayings and phrases—impart traditional wisdom such as “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and “Better safe than sorry”
History and geography—a friendly introduction to our world, complete with simple questions and fun activities
Visual arts—painting, drawing, cutting, and pasting go hand in hand with learning about color and helping a child look at and talk about great works of art
Music—many musical experiences for parents and children to participate in, along with dozens of songs to sing and dance to
Math—lively and interesting exposure to concepts and operations that provide a springboard to later mastery
Science—activities that let children observe, experience, and get their hands dirty while exploring the wonders of nature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345543738
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 176,392
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

E. D. Hirsch, Jr., is an emeritus professor at the University of Virginia and the author of The Knowledge Deficit, The Schools We Need, and the bestselling Cultural Literacy and the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. He and his wife, Polly, live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they raised their three children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Great SUPPLEMENTARY material!!

    I think what a lot of parents fail to realize is that this book is used strictly for the purpose of supplementing your child's classroom education. A lot of the subjects covered in this book are not neccessarily covered in the kindergarten curriculum, hence the book's title, but your child will eventually need this information. It's a good way to instill these concepts in your child's brain- the human mind learns through repetition.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Great Book

    My child is in a local charter school and that is the book they use during kindergarten. I really like it. ITs great . and they require parents to purchase the book so we can use the same methods at home. I very highly reccomend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    Too basic for most inquisitive children

    If a school doesn't address the information in the books or provide a simple way for a child to learn it, it isnt' doing it's job. Period. I dont' believe that this curriculum provides anything that a school can't provide with other, better educational methods. The example of why this by-rote schedule is necessary is ludicrous. They offer a classroom of children beginning to learn about world exploration and Magellan. The children are asked to trace a route on a globe from Europe to North America, but some can't because they 'didn't do that last year in Mrs. Jones' class', others in 'Mr. Peach's class did that last year' and the children who just moved in from another school 'did Magellan last year'. I would be surprised if any child with basic map literacy couldnt' find a route on a globe, and for the children who did that last year, they should be able to offer different, possibly more complex views on the subject. Any child exposed to a library or even a small home book collection should be able to have the 'cultural literacy' base this curriculum would like to provide. The cultural background presented in this book is weak, without any discussion of where these fairy tales and nursery rhymes came from. No child needs to learn 'Jack Horner', etc. in school. If it is taught, it should be at a level where the child will learn the origins of these things, and maybe learn to act them out. The history portion was severely limited. Most children will pick up the very basic elements of what was offered just by looking at and asking about the presidents on our money. Math is very weak. Again, talking with your child and reading a few basic books would teach everything offered here. I explored several 'focus' schools in my district for my daughter. After looking into Core Knowledge, we named it 'American Myths and Legends' and rejected it for our child as too rigid, without an ability to meet the needs of specific children. In some districts, a core knowledge school may work as a selection factor, if it is one of the only choices available. Parents who care about their children's education may send their children to the available magnet school, so the school may well be populated with families who care about education. It doesnt' work that way in practice in all districts though. One thing to keep in mind is that this curriculum was established by concensus. Therefore, anything viewed as 'radical' or outside of the mainstream would not have passed the review committees. I think they probably lost a lot of value due to the process.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Great book to share with you first grader. They will enjoy the songs and stories.
    Parents will appreciate having this book as a guide to help them open dialogue with their first grader on learning, activities, and tips.

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