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Kindergarten Readiness - Nancy L. Cappelloni

Kindergarten Readiness

Paperback Published: 11th December 2012
ISBN: 9781452241944
Number Of Pages: 184

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Put children on a path to success!The hard truth? Some kids are just more ready for kindergarten than others, dictated in part by their socioeconomic background and prior learning experiences. Even worse, unless we can provide the support these kids need early on, thereAEs a risk some may never catch up.ThatAEs where Kindergarten Readiness steps in. ItAEs a ready guidebook to help you equip our youngest students for formal schooling. Covering everything from involving parents to creating developmentally appropriate curriculum, this book will help you:aUnderstand the complexities of the transition to kindergartenImplement a successful program of instruction and assessment appropriate for children with various abilitiesAlign your lessons with Common Core kindergarten standardsAssess young childrenAEs skills and abilitiesTailor your program to enrich learning for all studentsFilled with authentic photos and tools for practice, this is one of the rare resources to combine the latest research with immediately useable ideas and professional development support. 'This book has the potential to change the way that early childhood teachers work with children.'uNancy Marie Borie Betler, Instructional Support SpecialistCharlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC'There are few resources on how to adequately prepare children for kindergarten and none that approaches the topic with such a depth of knowledge and research.'uDiana Parker, PreK TeacherRobert Frost Elementary School, Manteno, IL

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"This book has the potential to change the way that preschool/daycare teachers work with children. It will allow teachers to see the correlation to how well they prepare their students for kindergarten to the success of these individuals later in school and in life." -- Nancy Marie Borie Betler, Instructional Support Specialist
"This is one of the most clearly organized and focused books that I've read, and one of the few that I've found on this topic. I really appreciate the information on engaging parents and working with them. This is something I struggle with and the book addresses it nicely." -- Shannon Acker, PreK Teacher, SPED
"The author has included numerous resources that make implementation possible and easy for the reader. This is one of the books greatest strengths! This book's major strength is its topic and the practical nature of it. There are few resources on how to adequately prepare children for kindergarten and none that approach the topic with such a depth of knowledge and research, and well and a methodical approach that provides teachers and parents with practical ways to ensure a child's success in kindergarten." -- Diana Parker, Pre-K Teacher

Figures, Tables, and Resourcesp. ix
Dedicationp. xi
About the Authorp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Definition of Key Termsp. 3
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 4
Conceptualizing Kindergarten Readiness: What Does It Mean to Be Ready for Kindergarten?p. 5
Conclusionp. 9
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 10
Where Can I Learn More?p. 11
A New Framework for Kindergarten Readinessp. 13
Physical Well-Being and Motor Developmentp. 14
Social Developmentp. 15
Emotional Developmentp. 17
Approaches Toward Learningp. 17
Language and Communication Developmentp. 18
Emerging Literacy Developmentp. 19
Cognitive Development and General Knowledgep. 20
Conclusionp. 23
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 23
Where Can I Learn More?p. 23
What Do Young Children Need to Know and Be Able to Do to Be Ready for Kindergarten?p. 25
Early Learning Standardsp. 26
High-Quality Preschool Educationp. 28
Kindergarten Teachers' Readiness Viewsp. 29
Preschool Teachers' and Parents' Readiness Beliefsp. 32
Common Core Content Standardsp. 37
Conclusionp. 39
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 39
Where Can I Learn More?p. 39
The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculump. 41
The Need for a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculump. 42
Developmentally Appropriate Practicep. 44
A Model of Developmentally Appropriate Learning Experiences That Integrate All Domains of Early Learning and Developmentp. 49
An Integrated Model Beginning With Literaturep. 50
Conclusionp. 66
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 67
Where Can I Learn More?p. 67
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Classroom Learning Environmentp. 69
Early Literacy Language, and Communicationp. 71
Physical Motor Developmentp. 71
Social and Emotional Developmentp. 71
Cognitive Development and General Knowledgep. 72
The Emotionally Safe Classroom Environmentp. 72
Conclusionp. 73
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 73
Where Can I Learn More?p. 73
Assessment of Young Childrenp. 75
Conclusionp. 83
Sample Assessment Checklists and Templatesp. 85
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 93
Where Can I Learn More?p. 93
Addressing the Needs of Struggling Childrenp. 95
How Does the Teacher Determine If There Is a Problem? What Happens Next?p. 97
Next Steps: Further Evaluation and Interventionp. 101
Conclusionp. 101
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 104
Where Can I Learn More?p. 104
Partnering With Families: The Family's Role in Kindergarten Readinessp. 107
Frequently Asked Questions by Families of Preschool-Age Childrenp. 108
Conclusionp. 111
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 117
Where Can I Learn More?p. 117
The Transition to Kindergarten: Alignment and Transitionp. 119
Transition Practicesp. 123
Conclusionp. 127
Professional Development Discussion Guidep. 140
Where Can I Learn More?p. 140
Conclusionp. 141
Referencesp. 145
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9781452241944
ISBN-10: 1452241945
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 11th December 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 17.78  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39

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