"I was surprised by how much my son enjoys listening to the different poems and information on historic people. He begs for me to read more from this book, and I think it is great for making sure they are getting what they need in addition to the other curriculum choices in the kit. Highly recommend!"
Beautifully Illustrated Read-aloud
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know is a beautifully illustrated read-aloud anthology. It offers your family what fellow parents, educators, and distinguished developmental psychologists consider the "core of knowledge" for kindergartners. The author's emphasis on reading aloud to your children and the wide variety of art, math, music, and science activities with your kindergartner make this a valuable resource for teaching parents.
A Very Helpful Resource
What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know is an excellent reference for everything from teaching handwriting to fun math projects you can do together. However, the best part for our review teams was the twenty nuggets of history in the middle of this book. Short stories about famous figures or simple synopses of USA history will help your child continue to develop the basics of a historical perspective and prepare him for jumping into a formal history program next year.
Note: Some of the read-aloud stories in What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know include fairy tales and magic.
To complete every reading and activity in a typical school year, read the following each week:
Two poems, fables, stories, or sayings
One geography or history section
One art activity, famous painting study, music activity, or song
One math activity
One science story, activity, or biography each week.
Filled with age-appropriate questions and suggestions that stimulate thinking and build vocabulary, What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know also includes:
Favorite poems—read and recite together from Mother Goose, A. A. Milne, Langston Hughes, and more, all beautifully illustrated
Beloved stories and fables—read aloud from “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “Cinderella,” Winnie-the-Pooh, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” and many more, including multicultural folktales from African, Japanese, and Native American traditions
Familiar sayings and phrases—impart traditional wisdom such as “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and “Better safe than sorry”
History and geography—a friendly introduction to our world, complete with simple questions and fun activities
Visual arts—painting, drawing, cutting, and pasting go hand in hand with learning about color and helping a child look at and talk about great works of art
Music—many musical experiences for parents and children to participate in, along with dozens of songs to sing and dance to
Math—lively and interesting exposure to concepts and operations that provide a springboard to later mastery
Science—activities that let children observe, experience, and get their hands dirty while exploring the wonders of nature
Enrich your Kindergartner's learning experience with:
Questions to ask
Connections to make
Games to play
Publisher's Information Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Editors: E.D. Hirsch Jr & Linda Bevilacqua Age Recommendation: 5-9 Grade Recommendation: K-4th Faith-Based: No Consumable: No Pages: 320 Lessons/Projects: 208 ISBN: 9780345543738 Format: Softcover Copyright: July 16, 2013
review by The Coulter Coop
”What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know is an amazing tool...”