Books To Read In Kindergarten

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!

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Author: Nancy Carlson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (1999)
Binding: Hardcover, 32 pages

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

Questions to talk about with your child: 
What activities does Henry need to do to be ready for his first day of school?
What are some of the things that his mother tells him he will do in kindergarten?
What does the word “homesick” mean? What does Henry pack in his backpack in case he feels lonely on his first day?
How does seeing all the new students make him feel?
Where are you going to school? How do you think it will be like Henry’s experience?
Fun things to do together: 
Visit your child’s school and meet teachers and staff and show your child the restrooms, lunchroom, and library. Remind your child that the school staff will help if he or she becomes lost or confused about what to do.
Make a flash card game out of rehearsing your emergency contact information (phone number, address, full name, and parents’/guardians’ names). Draw a phone keypad on the sidewalk with chalk, and then ask your child to jump from number to number including your area code.
Practice sorting by color, shape, number, etc. using things like toys, fruit, or clothes. Sort laundry by person, color, and size, which also incorporates the importance of cleaning up and helpfulness.
At the grocery store, work together to find items on your shopping list. Create a list with pictures and words using online ads or print ads. Search by the item’s beginning letter sound, packaging color, or shelf location.
Book Skills
Loves Books (Print Motivation): 
Books about going to school for the first time have tremendous child appeal because they excite them and speak to worries they have about new experiences.
Tell A Story (Narrative Skills): 
This story has a simple plot with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Ask questions that help your child practice summarizing the story and understanding that Henry’s day has a specific order.