xii, 142 pages ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-142).
1. Children ready for school, schools ready for children and families. The concept of school readiness for children -- The school readiness road -- Early learning standards and indicators of progress -- The role of language and literacy in school readiness -- Demographics and the learning needs of children in the twenty-first century -- The concept of ready schools -- Ready schools need ready personnel -- Discussion starters -- 2. Kindergarten in the twenty-first century. A brief history of kindergarten -- Philosophical foundation for the American kindergarten -- The reality of the current kindergarten -- New academic pressures -- Full-day versus half-day kindergarten -- Kindergarten as the bridge between preschool and elementary school -- The impact of home on school preparation -- What kindergarten looks like today -- Two kindergarten classrooms observed -- Different kindergarten styles -- Discussion starters -- 3. Preparing children for kindergarten. Going to kindergarten is a new situation -- Child development 101: growth is not a straight arrow -- Preparing dual-language learners -- Preparing children with special needs -- Understanding the kindergarten teacher's challenges -- Whose job is it to prepare children for kindergarten? -- Special transition-to-kindergarten activities -- Discussion starters -- 4. Preparing families for kindergarten. A road map to kindergarten -- Parents' hopes -- Parents' anxieties -- Addressing parents' feelings and needs -- Helping parents prepare their children -- Special transition activities to prepare parents for kindergarten -- Discussion starters -- 5. Preparing pre-K teachers and child care providers. Teachers' and caregivers' roles -- All who care for children are teachers -- Practical tools for gauging early literacy behaviors -- Provide feedback to parents -- Early childhood educators learn about kindergarten -- Discussion starters -- 6. Transition-to-kindergarten planning. Continuity is the goal -- Thinking about logistics -- Pre-K to K-12 collaboration -- Now is everybody ready for kindergarten? -- A few last words -- Discussion starters -- Appendices : A. Are children ready for kindergarten? checklist -- B. Are families ready for kindergarten? checklist -- C. Are prekindergarten teachers, family child care providers, and family educators ready to prepare children for kindergarten? checklist -- D. Literacy-richness assessment #1: children's behaviors -- E. Literacy-richness assessment #2: adults' behaviors -- F. Action plan for transition-to-kindergarten activities template -- G. Online resources.
Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? is an ideal planning resource for early childhood professionals as they coordinate a successful transition that benefits children, their families, and the schools. Filled with information, advice, and activities, this tool kit includes. --Book Jacket.
9781605540153 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1605540153 (pbk. ; alk. paper)