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Monday, August 3, 2009

Kindergarten



Preparing your child and yourself for kindergarten is one of life's bigger occasions. It's a transition and a realization that your child is growing up. Your child will probably be anxious and excited at the same time. One of the best things you can do for your child is read him books about starting kindergarten. There are many, many books. I've tried to pick some of the better ones for you.

I remember my sister telling me that her first born's kindergarten teacher gave each student a couple of books on starting kindergarten. That just blew my mind. That's a teacher who really cares and understands children.


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, Illustrated by Ashley Wolff, 1996

This book uses all of the letters of the alphabet to name each student in Miss Bindergarten's Kindergarten class. It names each child and what he or she is doing to get ready for school, and shows the progress Miss Bingergarten's making on setting up the classroom. In addition to using the letters of the alphabet, each child's last name rhymes with what he or she is doing to get ready.

"Gwen McGunny packs her bunny. Henry Fetter fights his sweater. Ian Lowe says, 'I won't go!' Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten."


Twas the Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing


"Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared kids were excited and a little bit scared. They tossed and they turned about in their beds while visions of school supplies danced in their heads."

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