Ready for Preschool: Prepare Your Child for Happiness and Success at School

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Prufrock Press Inc., 2008 - Education - 198 pages
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With high demands being placed on kindergarten children to learn skills such as reading, writing, problem solving, and test taking ("The New First Grade," "Newsweek," Sept. 11, 2006), the academic expectations for preschool children naturally are increasing, as well. Ready for Preschool gives parents the support and strategies they need to implement activities to help stimulate learning and increase their child's knowledge before entering preschool. The author, a nationally recognized early childhood researcher and preschool director, also provides tips for preparing children emotionally and socially for school pressures and demands. Topics covered include school readiness, the relationship of the child to the school environment, behavior and emotional growth of preschool children, partnerships between home and school, and tips for parents for making the transition from home to school. The author also provides a unique section on what parents can do to provide a home environment that fosters learning in young children, including activities for increasing a child's learning through everyday tasks parents perform such as grocery shopping, cleaning a child's room, and cooking dinner. Further, the book includes a detailed discussion of the varying types of preschools available, along with helpful checklists, tips, and resources to aid any parent in preparing his or her child for entering preschool.

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Ready to Learn or Ready for School? Getting Ready vs Readiness
What Can Parents Do?
Enhancing Social and Emotional Competencies
Choosing a Preschool for Your Child
Strengthening Partnerships Between School and Home
Letting Go Making the Transition From Home to School
Final Thoughts
Resources for Parents
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Nancy B. Hertzog received her master's degree in gifted education under the tutelage of Joseph Renzulli at the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in special education under the direction of Merle B. Karnes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and the director of University Primary School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on curricular approaches and teaching strategies designed to differentiate instruction and challenge children with diverse abilities.

Dr. Hertzog has been the chair of the Early Childhood Division of the National Association for Gifted Children and served as cochair of the Education Commission of the National Association for Gifted Children. She has published in the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, Teaching Exceptional Children, Early Childhood Research and Practice, and Young Exceptional Children. She was the guest editor of a special issue on Early Childhood Education for Gifted Child Today.

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