Publication Year: 2013
Subject: Early Childhood Education (general)
Entering kindergarten ready to learn is a topic of growing concern in this country. The kindergarten year has important consequences for a child's acquisition of knowledge and skills that are powerful determinants for later school success. Kindergarten teachers report that more than half of children enter school with a number of problems and are not optimally ready to learn, putting them at-risk for school failure, retention, or in need of later intervention. We know what difference early childhood programs make in the lives of our kids. The time has come to put children first by focusing investments where research and effective practice tell us we will have the greatest opportunity for long-term success. -President Obama “Invest in Early Childhood Education,” The Obama Education Plan: An ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Conceptualizing Kindergarten Readiness: What does It Mean to be Ready for Kindergarten?
- Chapter 2: A New Framework for Kindergarten Readiness
- Chapter 3: What do Young Children need to Know and be Able to do to be Ready for Kindergarten?
- Chapter 4: The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
- Chapter 5: Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Classroom Learning Environment
- Chapter 6: Assessment of Young Children
- Chapter 7: Addressing the Needs of Struggling Children
- Chapter 8: Partnering with Families: The Family's Role in Kindergarten Readiness
- Chapter 9: The Transition to Kindergarten: Alignment and Transition
- Chapter 10: Conclusion
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Kindergarten readiness / Nancy L. Cappelloni.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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1. Readiness for school—United States.
2. Kindergarten—United States. 3. Kindergarten—Curricula—United States. I. Title.
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Figures, Tables, and Resources[Page ix]
- Figure 1.1Readiness for School: A Multidimensional Framework 10
- Figure 2.1Kindergarten Readiness: A New Model 22
- Table 3.1Ranked Order of Survey Items (1–43) From Greatest to Least in “Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of Kindergarten Readiness” 35
- Resource 3.1 Summary of Kindergarten Common Core Content Standards 37
- Resource 4.1 Early Literacy and Social Development: The Link between Children's Literature and Teaching Conflict Resolution 50
- Resource 4.2 Preschool Lesson Plan Using Kindergarten English Language Arts Common Core Reading Standard 55
- Resource 4.3 Creative Play Center 57
- Resource 4.4 Scientific Inquiry Through the Five Senses 58
- Resource 4.5 Kindergarten Common Core Content Standards: Kindergarten Mathematics 60
- Resource 4.6 Kindergarten Common Core Content Standards: Kindergarten English Language Arts 62
- Resource 6.1 Fine Motor/Graphomotor Abilities 85
- Resource 6.2 Color, Trace, and Draw Shapes 86
- Resource 6.3 Cognitive/General Knowledge Abilities 87
- Resource 6.4 Numbers 1–20 88[Page x]
- Resource 6.5 Emerging Literacy Abilities 89
- Resource 6.6 Alphabet Uppercase Letters 90
- Resource 6.7 Alphabet Lowercase Letters 91
- Resource 6.8 Blank Assessment Template 92
- Resource 7.1 Timeline for Addressing the Needs of Struggling Children 102
- Resource 7.2 Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 103
- Resource 8.1 Family Activities in All Domains of Early Learning and Development 111
- Resource 8.2 Family Questionnaire: Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten? 115
- Resource 8.3 What to Consider When Choosing a Kindergarten 116
- Resource 9.1 Transition Practices Timeline 128
- Resource 9.2 Preschool Faculty Questionnaire for Entering Kindergartners 129
- Resource 9.3 Family Survey—Letter of Introduction 132
- Resource 9.4 Family Survey: Questions About Your Entering Kindergartner 133
- Resource 9.5 Sample Letter to Families About Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program 136
- Resource 9.6 Family Questionnaire From the New Kindergarten Teacher 137
- Resource 9.7 Transitional Kindergarten 138
This book is dedicated to my three beautiful daughters—Lauren, Lisa, and Dana—for their unconditional love, for providing me with the joy of parenting, and for teaching me firsthand how children learn, flourish, and grow. I thank my husband, Robert, for his love, understanding, and encouragement.
I would also like to dedicate this book to all the early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers in this country, who tirelessly nurture young children and impassion them with the gift of knowledge.
Finally, this book is dedicated to the hundreds of kindergarten students I have had the pleasure of teaching. Being a kindergarten teacher has not only provided me with the knowledge of how children learn and develop but has filled my life with wonder, purpose, and laughter. Thank you for having me as your teacher and for all that you have taught me. I hope that I have inspired in you the love of learning and the realization that you can be and do all that you aspire to.
Chad, Tjai, John, Olivia, Molly, Liam, Maxwell, David, Trudie, Patrick, Andrew, Sara, Katie, Laura, Julia, Emily, Willie, Madalyn, Victor, Stephen, Jason, Mackenzie, Sophie, Grace, Laura, Haley, Chet, Erika, Kyle, Benjamin, Gabrielle, Landon, Ellie, Tyler, Christian, Henry, Monica, Cameron, Patrick, Lena, McKenzie, Matthew, Tyler, Savannah, Sabrina, Thomas, Sophia, Kiara, Catherine, Max, Nicholas, Vincent, Sophia, Charlotte, Madeline, Luc, Andrew, Jackson, Javid, Grant, Nataya, Kade, Jenna, Isabella, Anna, Jonathan, Lauren, Phoebe, Collin, Arianna, Elliot, Sarah, Lucas, Emily, Katherine, Damien, Melissa, Spencer, Olivia, Nicolas, Margot, Conner, Sarah, Bridget, Cassidy, Dillon, Alex, Zev, Mitchel, Justin, Ryan, Madeline, Theo, Simonne, William, Zoe, Roman, Jack, Cole, Dylan, Shayna, Casey, James, Camille, Graham, Matthew, Chace, Miranda, Morgan, Ariana, Nesibe, Molly, Natalie, Kira, Lauren, Theo, Kylie, Zoe, Jacob, Eric, Ruby, Dorothy, Laurence, Samuel, Colin, Isaac, Elisabeth, Alexandra, Julien, Xena, Marina, [Page xii]Aristotle, William, Brooks, Nikoline, Monica, Mary, Jennifer, Katarina, Sabrina, Brian, Duncan, Erick, Devon, Mia, Teymour, Nicolas, Paige, Lucy, Gregory, Cameron, Katie, Samantha, Roy, Victoria, Shiva, Jake, Gianni, Scott, Ashley, Sydney, Jack, Henry, Tahir, Zoe, Julia, Elana, Ian, Lyla, Charlie, Keiler, Tessa, Blake, Lauren, Carolina, Francesca, Mateo, Nikki, Sarah, Christopher, Cooper, Parker, Fiona, Jak, Jacob, John, Aliza, Maxwell, Aneese, Augustine, Brooke, Ben, Carlyn, D'Andre, Dean, Evan, John-Davis, Benny, Lane, Max, Nicole, Sam, Skylar, Tristan, Paco, Robert, Ruby, Jacob, Jackson, Matheus, Margaret, Sa'ar, Makena, Thomas, Christopher, Sydney, Kelly, Jim, Zoe, Nate, Sofia, Jack, Oliver, John, Pearse, Reece, Wyatt, Mia, Will, Hank, Julian, Logan, Liam, Lily, Maizy, Addison, Jayden, Ryan, Kate, Kristin, William, Finn, Riley, Emily, Erica, Laurent, Charlie, Harrison, Ava, Robert, Tate, Jack, Caiden, Riaan, Belinda, Ben, Cole, Savia, Andie, Jackson, Sophie, Petra, Graham, Adam, Ellie, Finn, Matthew, Johnny, Leila, Addie, Leo, Antonio, Grady, Livvy, Charlotte, Griffin, Dara, and Santiago.
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