Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book List: Going to Kindergarten

           *Book List : Going to Kindergarten
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz
Although some of the things her older sister taught her at home seem a little unusual at school, other lessons help make Annabelle's first day in Kindergarten a success.
Benjamin Bigfoot by Mary Serfozo
Because he feels big when he wears his father's shoes, Benjamin wants to wear them when he begins Kindergarten. Will he be able to manage his big shoes in school?
Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Sister Bear, nervous about entering kindergarten, overcomes her fears when she discovers that school is really fun.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum is excited about school until the kids make fun of her name. Will school get better?
Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley
Ling-Sung is frustrated because everyone in his class seems to be good at something except him. Then one day he discovers an unexpected talent...
Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
A little girl shares the “rules” of Kindergarten, which are really her fears as she anticipates her 1st day. What a relief when she learns that kids don’t have to know everything to start school!
Curious George Goes to School by Margret and H.A. Rey’s 
Curious monkey, George, gets into trouble. . . again! This time, it’s at school.
Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle 
Little Mouse goes looking for a friend . . . and he finds one!
Enrico Starts School by Charlotte Middleton
When Enrico starts school, he is not sure how to make friends. He tries several strategies then decides to take his brother 's advice to just be himself.
First Day by Dandi Daley Mackall
Told in poetic rhyme with some humor, a little girl experiences her first day of school.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
Jittery feelings of starting school make Sarah uneasy. But there’s a twist! Everybody is apprehensive, even teachers.
Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
Froggy hops through his first day of school with lots of fun and even teaches the principal to swim!
I Am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child
Lola's parents tell her that she is nearly big enough for school, but Lola is not convinced. When her brother Charlie points out some of the advantages of learning numbers and letters and words, she decides to give it a try. After all, how would you give treats to eleven elephants if you can only count to ten?
I'm Telling You, Dex, Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
Dexter's dog Rufus is a tiny bit worried about Kindergarten. Big sister Jessie tells Dexter and Rufus that they will love it—and it turns out that they do!
Jessica by Kevin Henkes
Ruthie does everything with her imaginary friend Jessica. Then on her first day at Kindergarten, she meets a real girl with the same name
Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
Learn the ABC’s through classroom fun and activities. Search-and-find items, too!

Kindergarten Kids by Ellen B. Senisi
Real photos of real kids doing real Kindergarten activities throughout the day!
Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Chester Raccoon and his mother help each other to find a way to alleviate their worries about being away from each other during school hours.
Little Bear Goes to Kindergarten by Jutta Langreuter, Vera Sobat 
Little Bear likes the teacher, other children, and activities on his first day at Kindergarten, but he does not want his mother to leave.
Look out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.
Mama, Don't Go! by Rosemary Wells
Yoko loves Kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother to leave—until her new friend helps her realize that “mothers always come back.”
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Fun with the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for Kindergarten.
My Teacher’s My Friend by P.K. Hallinam
A teacher helps our young students throughout the school day.
My First Day of School by P.K. Hallinam
Little Daniel goes to school for the first time. Book is filled with rhyming.
Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
The hours leading up to the big first day are filled with excitement and anticipation. They are busy, too! Emotions of students and their grown ups are shared in this story.

Off to Kindergarten by Tony Johnston
In this upbeat rhyming story, a young boy tries to pack all the things he imagines he'll need for school--such as cookies for himself and his new friends, books to read while they have a snack, his easel and paints—until his mother assures him that his teacher will have everything he will need.
Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
Baby Duck has all her supplies, but is nervous about school. The teacher introduces herself and Grandpa asks the important questions—“Are you mean? Do you sing songs in this school?” Finally, Baby Duck feels brave enough to go in.
Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-off by Ann Martin
Five-year-old Olivia's new neighbor Rachel is in her Kindergarten class, and they must overcome feelings of jealousy and competitiveness to be friends.
Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells
Timothy learns about being accepted and making friends during the first week of his first year at school.
Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild
Tom is excited to start Kindergarten—until it's time for his parents to say good-bye. When his teacher tells them that they can stay for the day, they reluctantly agree. The next day, Tom is ready to be on his own—but his parents don't want to leave!
We Like Kindergarten by Clara Cassidy 
Copyrighted 1965, this book shows the fun and play of Kindergarten.
Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell
A boy visits the classroom where he will attend Kindergarten the following fall and finds out just what fun is in store for him.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
It’s ok to worry, but the reader learns that most worries go away once school starts.
When Kangaroo Goes to School by Sonia Levitin
Kangaroo learns the proper way to behave on the first day of school.
Who Will Go to Kindergarten Today? by Karl Ruhmann
Sam wishes he could send his stuffed monkey to school in his place- until he realizes that he would be missing out on a day filled with fun.

Resources for Parents
The Between the Lions Book For Parents: Everything You Need to
Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read by Linda K. Rath and Louise
Based on the show Between the Lions, the authors explain early literacy to parents and suggest ways to support their children as they learn.
The Complete IEP Guide: How To Advocate For Your Special Ed Child by Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel
This book offers advice on understanding current IEP laws, how to plan for IEP meetings, and how to make a case for your child, should it becomes necessary.
Games For Learning: Ten Minutes a Day To Help Your Child Do Well In School—From Kindergarten to Third Grade by Peggy Kaye
Suggests games for you and your child to play to help her get ready for school.
Helping Your Child Start School: A Practical Guide for Parents by Bernard Ryan Jr.
This guide explains what happens during the day in Kindergarten and why.
The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child
Thrives in Elementary and Middle School by Stacy DeBroff
This book offers advice on everything from getting the most out of Parent/Teacher Conferences to Learning Disabilities to Volunteering. Subdivided chapters and a bulleted format make this guide easy to use.
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
The Read-Aloud Handbook demonstrates the importance of reading aloud to kids of ALL ages with a combination of easy-to-understand research, examples, and personal stories. Offers a list of over 1,000 great books for reading aloud.
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., John Holdren 
The beginning of a series that goes through grades six, the authors offer a guide to some of the general knowledge and skills Kindergarteners need.
What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Includes a book list of quality read-alouds that reinforce important early childhood skills.

*compilation list from and 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

On the Road Again...

"What exactly are you girls doing now?" We're asked this question a lot... and mostly by those who knew us as kindergarten teachers in the public school setting.

We're on the road.... a LOT!  We are making our way across 9 counties to share our combined 50+ years worth of tried-and-true tips and tricks-of-the-trade in both Early Childhood Literacy and Math.  The miles and miles that we travel are worthwhile, as our audiences appear truly interested and appreciative.  We appreciate them, TOO, as they bring so much  ENERGY to each 2 hour workshop of FUN!

100+ Powerpoint Slides: EXPECT MORE in Literacy

100+ Powerpoint Slides: EXPECT MORE in Math

Our workshops are designed for preschool teachers and providers.  As former kindergarten teachers, we KNOW where their kiddos are headed after they leave the amazingly loving and nurturing environments that preschools provide every day for, in many cases, several years of their young learning lives.  We have also learned, and it has become crystal clear, that teachers on both ends (preschool and kindergarten) need and want to know what the 'other guy' expects on their 'side' of the teaching and learning continuum ~ in order to best meet the needs of their students.  What do my students need to know now to be successful both this year and in their next year?  What did last year's teacher expect?  What does next year's teacher expect? Am I doing enough?
                          And that's where KBound comes in!  
Since leaving our kindergarten classrooms last fall, we have been mentoring preschool teachers in their classrooms, giving ourselves as a resource for ideas to improve the quality of behavior, classroom routines, management and curriculum.  We are helping teachers and students to prepare for the next BIG step = KiNdErGaRtEn! At the same time, we are offering professional development by presenting evening workshops to teachers that illustrate early learning and transition essentials through a variety and abundance of meaningful, hands-on materials and manipulatives.
Opportunities for mentoring and for professional development are just two of the ways that KBound is helping to BRIDGE THE GAP between preschool and kindergarten.

Our KBound MiniMEs have become the HEART of our blog and our workshops created our "real"  MiniMEs,
who go on the road with us

MiniMEs are an integral part of our power point presentations! Shown above, they help to demonstrate the many benefits of YOGA in the classroom (and they also help to protect the identity of young learners ;)
They began as simple characters, constructed with simple shapes.  They were created to represent us in cartoon form among the printed stories that we would share.  When they took on their plush 3D form, they began their travel-by-suitcase with us, appearing at workshops to look "cute"!  With each day they seemed to be quietly supporting us in our work... cheering us on!  Today we speak of them as part of the team.  When in doubt, we ask each other, "What would the MeMes do?"  They have, indeed, become sorta silent partners (isn't that right MeMes?)?  OK, ... moving on ...

Along with our MeMes, we bring an ABUNDANCE of other visuals to our workshops! Manipulatives and charts and books and props and stuffed, supporting dolls are toted wherever we go. . .  
Setting Up takes time. . . 2 hours ahead of start time
We've presented in a Township Hall basement and in fancy -ISDs.  It doesn't seem to matter where we meet!  Our meeting locations (which are set up by CCR- thanks Ladies!) are quickly transformed and ready for 2 hours of energetic, idea-filled Kbound fun :)  Our very first presentation took us to Barry county... to which we hauled tubs-full and bags-full and suitcases-full and poster-size-carriers-full of materials.  After several trips to the car and back, through hallways and up three floors, one of us declared (hearing her father's no-nonsense, this-is-ridiculous-and-I'm-not-doing-this-again.EVER. voice in her head), "ONE TRIP!  From now on, we make ONE. TRIP!"!!!!! . . . to which the other of us replied (hearing her own highly organized, motivated-to-tweak voice in her head), "CHECK!"!!!!  Today we each roll a lightweight dolly (the kind with wheels, not the sit-on-our-shoulder 'conscience' types ;) with one large plastic tub, stacked efficiently with computer bags, etc. SIMPLE. MANAGEABLE. CHECK. CHECK. CHECK! (thanks Jodie)  

Ready for a group of eager educators!

Just can't separate Math and Literacy instruction!

Set up and Ready ...  We had a nice facility, state-of-the-art equipment, and a warm welcome in Lawrence!

    Our workshop participants are able to peek at some of our materials...

Simple, Meaningful, Funsical materials @  OR

               CHEERS to sharing what we know WORKS! 
               CHEERS to the little ones who can do SO MUCH . . . 
    and to teachers who aren't afraid to EXPECT MORE of them! 

         COMING SOON:  KBound presents... 
         "Early Childhood Classroom Organization & Behavior Management"
       "Parent/Teacher Conferences: Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten"
                                                    STAY TUNED!
                                                          M&J :) :)