The Kindergarten Project

 

Resources for Parents

Parents7 Ways to improve childhood education outside the classroom
Andrea and David Reiser, 2010
Preparing Children for Success in School and Life

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life
Tate, 2011

Award-winning Marcia L. Tate provides a research-based road map for raising children to reach their fullest potential and strategies for helping young brains “grow dendrites.”

ParentsSocial Security: Help kindergarten kids make friends
Kathleen M. Reilly, 2012
Parent Guide NewsSuccess at School: Making the most of your child’s early years
Asa Zanatta, 2012
How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten (Smart Kids, Better Grades)

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten (Smart Kids, Better Grades)
Karnofsky &Weiss, 1993

What every child should be able to communicate before starting kindergarten, social and emotional skills, self-help skills, as well as early-learning activities and tips for "separation day."

Preparing Your Child for School

Preparing Your Child For School
Giles, 2012

This book is your guide to preparing your child from age 2 to 5, to make them ready for school. It gives you reading, writing, and math and craft activities essential for early learning. There are book, rhyme and song lists. The book is linked to a website which gives you worksheets, friezes and extra craft activities. The book is based on proven learning strategies used in an English Pre-School/Nursery School and written by Sarah Giles who has over 30 years’ experience in this field.

PBSBefore School Starts
Diane Levin, Ph.D., 2012
Summertime Learning: Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten, Grade K

Summertime Learning: Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten, Grade K
Teacher Created Resources Staff, 2010

A workbook created to help children learn and stay busy during their summer vacation.

Web MDHelp your child prepare for back to school
Joanne Barker, 2012
ParentsKindergarten prep: Try these low-key activities to help your child get ready for next fall.
Mandy Fields Yokim, 2012
PBSStarting School
Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., 2012
Parent Guide NewsThe First Day: Send your kid off to kindergarten on the right foot
Virginia Bower, 2012
Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admission, Gifted Program Qualification

Testing for Kindergarten: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Ace the Tests for: Public School Placement, Private School Admission, Gifted Program Qualification
Quinn, 2010

Whether your child is going to a private kindergarten or a public school, he or she will most likely be tested—and placed in classrooms according to those results. But information about intelligence tests is closely guarded, and it can be difficult to understand what your kids need to know. As an expert who has successfully taught hundreds of parents how to work with their own children, Karen Quinn has written the ultimate guide to preparing your child for kindergarten testing. The activities she suggests are not about "teaching to the test." They are about having fun while teaching to the underlying abilities every test assesses. From the "right" way to have a conversation to natural ways to bring out your child’s inner math geek, Quinn shares the techniques that every parent can do with their kids to give them the best chance to succeed in school and beyond. It’s just good parenting—and better test scores are icing on the cake.

Parent Guide NewsGetting Into Kindergarten: Some tips that might help
Laura Brown, MS, 2012
EducationKindergarten Readiness Guide for Parents
PBSGrade-by-Grade Learning: Kindergarten
School and FamilyKindergarten Social Changes: What to Expect
Patti Ghezzi
How To Prepare For Kindergarten: 17 Tips To Make The Transition Easier For Everyone!

How To Prepare For Kindergarten: 17 Tips To Make The Transition Easier For Everyone!
Marmolejo, 2010

We all like to pretend that preparing a child for Kindergarten is for the benefit of the child. Deep down inside, though, every Mom knows it's as difficult on Mom as it is on Junior to walk away after dropping him off at his classroom. How To Prepare For Kindergarten - 17 Tips To Make The Transition Easier For Everyone! Answers the most common questions and challenges faced by first-time Moms and Dads of Kindergarteners.

Kindergarten: Learn How To Ease the Pain

Kindergarten: Learn How To Ease the Pain
Wortham & Baker, 2010

The time has come to send your little one to kindergarten, and as with all parents there is a certain amount of uncertainty, apprehension, and just plain fear. This book helps to describe those fears and gives advice on how to overcome them. It also provides a wealth of information on how to ready yourself, as well as your child, for this new life changing adventure.

ParentsThe Smart way to talk to teachers
 Laura Flynn McCarthy, 2012
ScholasticKindergarten Parent-Teacher Partnerships
DiscoveryFree Parent Resources
ScholasticScholastic for Parents: Books, activities, and blogs
FunbrainKindergarten Games

Resources for Teachers

Successful Kindergarten Transition: Your Guide to Connecting Children, Families, & SchoolsSuccessful Kindergarten Transition: Your Guide to Connecting Children, Families, & Schools
Pianta & Kraft-Sayre, 2003

Text presents an approach to enhancing children's transitions into kindergarten. Variety of transition strategies are offered than can be tailored to the individual needs of families and schools. For school administrators, counselors, and teachers.

Children starting school: a guide to successful transitions and transfers for teachers and assistantsChildren starting school: a guide to successful transitions and transfers for teachers and assistants
Fabian, 2002

Drawing on research, theory and practice, this book presents ways in which practitioners, working in partnership with parents, can give children a successful start to school. Written in an accessible style, the book helps early years practitioners planning transition programs for new children and offers ideas for developing their professional practice when working with families.

Kindergarten ReadinessKindergarten Readiness
Cappelloni, 2012

This is one of the rare resources to combine the latest research with immediately useable ideas and professional development support to help you prepare children for formal schooling.

Book Cover 	Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Toolkit for Preparing Children and FamiliesIs Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Toolkit for Preparing Children and Families
Passe, 2010

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.

Book Cover 	  Classroom Routines That Really Work for Pre-K and Kindergarten: Dozens of Other Routines That Set the Stage for Children's Literacy & Help Them Feel At Home in the Classroom

Classroom Routines That Really Work for Pre-K and Kindergarten: Dozens of Other Routines That Set the Stage for Children's Literacy & Help Them Feel At Home in the Classroom
Creange & Hayes, 2001

Everything you need to set up and manage the best routines and practices for young learners. From shared reading to snack time, literacy centers to outdoor play, this book provides all the step-by-steps to make teaching in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom a success. For use with Grades PreK-K.

I Teach Kindergarten!

I Teach Kindergarten!
Campbell-Rush, 2000
 

This book gives a clear and complete picture of all aspects of teaching kindergarten-from before the school year begins right up to the last day. In addition, it addresses the emotional, social, physical, and academic characteristics of the kindergarten child. This rich, reader-friendly overview offers classroom-tested ideas and sound advice on such pertinent topics as: assessment, centers, themes, substitute teachers, struggling learners, and parent-school connection. Teachers will also find a wealth of information in the various Q&As, student work samples, reproducibles and sample letters.

What Every Kindergarten Teacher Needs to Know About Setting Up and Running a Classroom

What Every Kindergarten Teacher Needs to Know About Setting Up and Running a Classroom
Wilson, 2011 

You're teaching kindergarten this year. What do you need to know? Welcome kindergartners to the new world of school and address their need for repetition, routine, structure, and lively, hands-on explorations. Margaret Berry Wilson shows you how in this practical book. In a warm, conversational style punctuated with anecdotes from her own classrooms she offers practical, specific advice for kindergarten teachers on topics such as: Arranging a circle, desks, and tables; Choosing and storing supplies; Scheduling a child-centered day and teaching daily routines; Planning special projects and field trips that maximize learning and build community; and Understanding the special concerns of kindergartners' parents and finding the best ways to communicate with them.

First Day of SchoolThe First Days of School
Wong, 2001

Publisher Note: The best-selling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.3 million copies sold. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.

Welcome to Kindergarten: A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning

Welcome to Kindergarten: A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning
Walmsley & Wing, 2004

From August planning to July reflection, Welcome to Kindergarten is a comprehensive resource that will give kindergarten teachers new insights. Noted teachers and presenters Bonnie Brown Walmsley and Debra Redlo Wing demonstrate how best practices and a student-centered focus can make the first year of school rewarding for kindergarteners, parents, and teachers.

First Six Weeks of SchoolFirst Six Weeks of School
Denton & Kriete, 2000

Publisher Note: Learn how to structure the first six weeks of school to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning. Discover how taking the time to build a solid foundation in the early weeks of school can pay off all year long in increased student motivation, cooperation, responsibility, and self-control.

Joyful Learning in Kindergarten

Joyful Learning in Kindergarten
Fisher, 1998

Publisher Note: When originally published in 1991, Joyful Learning was the first book to demonstrate how to link student-centered theory and practice in the preschool and kindergarten classroom. Since then, it has become a veritable bible for early childhood educators. Now, veteran author Bobbi Fisher revisits her landmark text, adding a detailed index and new routines, activities, and strategies for promoting natural learning.

Meeting the Child

Meeting the Child in Steiner Kindergartens: An Exploration of Beliefs, Values and Practices
Parker-Rees, 2011

The authors explore key aspects of Steiner kindergarten practice, including caring for the physical environment, establishing rhythms and routines for children’s activity, and providing times and spaces in which teachers and children can get to know each other. By meeting with children and teachers, through rich accounts of day to day life in kindergartens and through accounts of the values and principles which inform their practice, readers will be encouraged to question and reflect on their own approaches to observation and assessment.

Kindergarten: A Teacher, Her Students, and a Year of Learning

Kindergarten: A Teacher, Her Students, and a Year of Learning
Diamond, 2011

Hailed by renowned educator Deborah Meier as “a rare and special pleasure to read,” Kindergarten explores a year in the life of a kindergarten classroom through the eyes of the gifted veteran teacher and author Julie Diamond. In this lyrical, beautifully written first-person account, Diamond explains the logic behind the routines and rituals children need to thrive. As she guides us through all aspects of classroom life—the organization, curriculum, and relationships that create a unique class environment—we begin to understand what kindergarten can and should be: a culture that builds children’s desire to understand the world and lays the foundation for lifelong learning.