Recommended Reading List

Books about starting school
                                                                    READINESS TIPS
Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener by
Amy Schwartz

Barnaby Goes To School by Wendy

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison

David Goes to School by David

I Love You All Day Long by Francesca

Meet the Barkers: Morgan & Moffat
Go To School by Tomie dePaola

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for
Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Books about courage
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? By
Jane Yolen
                                                                    The more that you read,
The Little Engine That Could by Watty                               The more things you will know.
Piper                                   Focus On Our Future         The more that you learn,
                                        United Way of York County   The more places you'll go.
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson            800 East King Street
                                             York, Pa 17403
Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes     Phone (717) 771-3808      ~Dr. Seuss
                                                                    I Can Read With My Eyes
                                           Fax (717) 843-4082

You Are Special, Little One by Nancy                                Shut! (1978)
What are the indicators of a child          What can families do to help their             How can early childhood educators
 who is ready for kindergarten?              child prepare for kindergarten?               prepare children for kindergarten?

  Can separate easily from parent            Read, read, read to your child!               Provide a literacy-rich environment

  Shows interest in learning                 Talk about what you see and do                As the year progresses, reduce
                                               every day                                      nap time and provide a balance of
  Able to sit and listen attentively for                                                     required and optional activities
   short periods of time                      Encourage independence in
                                               dressing, eating, toileting, and              Promote positive social skills
  Can recognize his/her name in               other self-care skills                         development
                                              Ask your child questions about                Read to children daily and provide
  Able to verbally express wants,             experiences they’ve had and books              resources to parents on how to do
   needs, feelings to an adult                 they’ve read that require more than            this
                                               a yes or no answer
  Can follow 1-2 step directions                                                            Support the children and families
                                              Provide opportunities to play and              with the transition to kindergarten
  Independently follow rules and              socialize with other children
   routines                                                                                  Provide content-related
                                              Help your child recognize their                experiences
  Demonstrates self-control in                feelings and identify them
   various settings                                                                          Understanding of early intervention
                                              Help your child use words to solve             services and assisting families in
  Able to use tool (crayons, markers,         problems                                       the referral process
   paintbrushes, etc) to create
   something                                  Give your child many opportunities            Provide daily opportunities to sit
                                               to write and use crayons, pencils,             and listen attentively
  Able to play alone and with others          markers, paint, scissors, and play-
                                               dough.                                        Provide daily learning experiences
                                                                                              that are developmentally
                                              Provide plenty of time to play                 appropriate
                                               outdoors and be physical
                                                                                             Be a role model for children – using
                                              Limit screen time for your child -             proper grammar
                                               TV, video games, movies, and
                                               computer                                      Visit a kindergarten classroom and
                                                                                              participate in
                                                Practice readiness skills like               transition activities
                                                 singing the ABC song, counting
                                                 objects, and writing your child’s first

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