Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Summer break is over and it’s back to school time. For some 5, 6, & 7 year olds it’s time to Get Ready for Kindergarten & First Grade! Whether your little one is starting this year or next, as a parent, you need to make sure they are ready. With the help of two great books co-authored by Stacey Kannenberg of Cedar Valley Publishing, Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready for First Grade! your little one can develop all of the skills they will need to start that first day of Kindergarten or First Grade!

Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready for First Grade! are parent-loving, award-winning, state-approved books that are used inside homes and schools across the nation. They have sold over 60,000 copies and are used in over 400 school districts, libraries, head start programs, daycare and early learning centers. Parents and kids love them because they are not just storybooks or workbooks, they are books meant to be read over and over, that cover the curriculum for Kindergarten and First Grade.

We had the pleasure of reviewing Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! in an English version and in a Spanish/English version, plus Let’s Get Ready for First Grade!. Since our Blogger Mommy Jennifer’s daughter “G” is about to turn 5 years old and will be starting Kindergarten next year, we thought she would be the perfect person to review these two books for us. You will also hear from a guest reviewer, my older daughter Jessie, who is a 2nd grade teacher in Southeast Arizona. She will give us a review from a teacher’s point of view.

Jennifer and daughter “G’s” thoughts…

Let's Get Ready For Kindergarten! is a great book if you have a child who is getting ready for pre-k or kindergarten. This book is fun, brightly designed with colorful reusable dry erase pages. The book starts off with meeting a classroom called the “Cedar Valley Kids" taught by a teacher named Mrs. Good. It covers numerous skills and subjects such as the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, knowing your own phone number and ad
dress and so much more.

My daughter "G" is 4-1/2 years old and absolutely loves this book. She especially likes the dry erase pages and how she can practice over and over again. She also likes how Mrs. Good is giving tips at the bottom of every page with a different look.

I have purchased other pre-k workbooks for my daughter before but she was never really interested in them and became easily overwhelmed. I really like how this book has easy to understand activities and directions and also covers all of the early-learning basics. I also like that at the end of the book, there are tips for parents and caregivers on what they should be doing to help their children learn successfully.

Let's Get Ready For First Grade! is very similar to Let's Ge
t Ready For Kindergarten!. There is a new teacher named Mrs. Best and of course a new set of subjects and skills. Both of these books come at a great price. They are very sturdy and durable and can be used over and over again or for other children. These are both great learning tools and I highly recommend them to any parent or caregiver who has a child getting ready for pre-k, kindergarten or who is in kindergarten now and preparing for the first grade.


Jessie’s thoughts, from a Teacher’s point of view…

Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! (Spanish/English Edition) by Stacey Kannenberg is full of great information to help get your little ones ready for their first day of school. The inside covers are filled with great tips for parents on getting your child ready for learning, homework, and even skill levels. Of these, my favorite was the stages of writing. Many parents are concerned in the early years of school about where their child is in their development and where they think their child should be. But, Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! lays it out great.


As you move into the book, you will find numbers, letters, words, and more for your child to identify. It can be a little overwhelming for you and your child to take all of this in at once; but as it says in the book, "This information will take time to understand. Keep reading it over and over again." This book was not meant to be completely learned by day one of kindergarten. It is a good start and meant to be referred to again and again throughout the year as practice. I would recommend taking on a page or two at a time. There is a lot of information that if done all in one sitting could stress out a 4 or 5 year old, which means stressing you out too. Also, I wouldn't recommend handing it to a child without guidance. Depending on your state's standards for kindergarten, this book could go beyond what your child is supposed to learn in kindergarten and even start to get him/her ready for first grade. Having both English and Spanish throughout the book does seem to clutter the pages. If this is a problem, see the English only version.

Having children who have come into my class speaking not a word of English, I would use this particular edition with children to help them in their English development skills, even outside of kindergarten. Everything in this book is in English and
Spanish which would be great for the ELL (English language learner) student.

The book itself has thick laminated pages. Some pages call for writing directly in the book with a dry erase marker (great for using it over and over and with multiple children). It also has a strong binding to prevent pages from being easily torn out.


Do you want to get your little one ready for Kindergarten or First Grade?

Stacey Kannenberg & Cedar Valley Publishing is giving away 1 Free copy of “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten” (English only or English/Spanish) and 1 Free copy of “Let’s Get Ready for First Grade” to two of our lucky readers! She is also offering a 20% Discount to any of our readers who purchase any of the books in this series from the Cedar Valley Publishing website by entering the Coupon Code “CEDAR” (in all caps) in the coupon box at check out.

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56 comments:

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Lisa Curcio said...

Those look like great homeschool books too!

I have 5 kids, 3 of whom are 3 & under, so either book would be wonderful to have, but I guess I would use the Kindergarten before using the First grade one.

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Hula Hooping Mom said...

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CaseyDeuce said...

I'd have to get the "Lets get ready for kindergarten" for my daughter who starts kindy on Wednesday! She finally fessed up today that she's nervous... awhhh...

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alwayshopeful said...

dont think my first entry went thru..

i would like the kindergarten in english please.my little Kolby will start next year! thank you
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