Kindergarten Success : Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-07-18
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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In this new addition to the Knowledge Essentials series, Kindergarten Success shows you how to enrich your child's classroom learning and take an active role in your kindergarten's education by exploring: What your child is learning at school and the educational standards to expect in math, language arts, science, and social studiesas well as the developmental skills expected of your kindergartener Your child's learning stylevisual, auditory, or kinesthetic and how it affects the way your child learns and processes information Hundreds of easy-to-do activities designed to help your child meet specific learning requirements Environmental learning sections that identify learning opportunities in the everyday world Methods and checklists to assess your child's progress The developmental and social changes expected of your kindergartener as well as information on how to determine readiness to move up to the first grade Recommendations of age-appropriate books and software that will enhance learning

Author Biography

AMY JAMES, a former social studies teacher, is a nationally respected authority on educational compliance issues and the No Child Left Behind Act. Her company, Six Things, Inc., provides consulting services for national media, publishers, and school districts on compliance with state and national education standards, as well as professional development for K–12 teachers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(174)
1 Getting the Most for Your Kindergartner
Getting the Most from Your School System
Getting the Most from Your Homeschool Curriculum
Using Supplemental Materials
2 Kindergarten Development
Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
Developmental Goals for Five-Year-Olds
Developmental Goals for Six-Year-Olds
3 Kindergarten Learning
Learning Styles
Cognitive Learning
4 The Standards
Types of Learning Standards
Learning Standards Resources
5 Kindergarten Reading
Beginning of Kindergarten Reading Checklist
Phonemic Awareness
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Reading Checklist
Kindergarten Writing
Beginning of Kindergarten Writing Checklist
Writing Readiness
Mechanics of Writing
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Writing Checklist
7 Kindergarten Math
Beginning of Kindergarten Math Checklist
Number Sense and Patterns
Geometry and Measurement
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Math Checklist
8 Kindergarten Science
Beginning of Kindergarten Science Checklist
Science Processes
Physical Science
Life Science
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Science Checklist
9 Kindergarten Social Studies
Beginning of Kindergarten Social Studies Checklist
Neighborhoods and Community Helpers
Rules and Safety
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Social Studies Checklist
10 Teaching Your Kindergartner Thinking Skills 175(8)
Beginning of Kindergarten Thinking Skills Checklist
Problem Solving
Environmental Learning
End of Kindergarten Thinking Skills Checklist
11 Assessment 183(6)
Assessing Individual Student Abilities and Knowledge
Measuring and Comparing School, School District, Statewide, and National Performance for Broad Public Accountability
12 Kindergarten Society 189(4)
Tommy, Can you Hear Me?
Teacher's Helper
Let's Get Physical
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
13 Moving On to First Grade 193(6)
Ready to Go
Minimizing "Brain Drain"
Appendix A: Literature for Kindergartners 199(8)
Appendix B: Software for Kindergartners 207(4)
Appendix C: Kindergarten Topical Calendar 211(4)
Glossary 215(6)
Bibliography 221(2)
Index 223

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