The beginning of the new school year is always an exciting time, especially for kindergarteners who will be away from their moms and their favorite security blankets for the first time in their lives. There’s so much to learn; so much to prepare for. How should they begin?
Author Erin Dealey answers this question in her newest alphabet picture book, called K is for Kindergarten. This little alphabet book not only teaches the letters of the alphabet, it also teaches young, excited children to count, imagine, and think creatively. Beginning with the letter “A”, children are encouraged to circle the first day of kindergarten on their calendar and then count down the number of days until school begins. The letter “B” reminds them about all the fun they can have playing with balls. This, in turn, is the perfect “in” for teaching them that kindergarten students get to play outside at recess.
The letter “C” is for crayons, which is the perfect incentive for suggesting that students draw a picture of themselves. “D” is for following directions, something that will be very important once the children are officially kindergarteners.
Ms. Dealey inspires and excites children all the way to the letters “X” (which stands for Xs and Os–kisses and love, from friends and family); “Y” which challenges YOU (the kindergartener) to create your own alphabet, and “Z”.
K is for Kindergarten is a clever and versatile little book that can be quite useful across core classrooms. It teaches children to count, anticipate, look forward to future events, and even to predict how much they will have learned on those dates. It encourages them to draw maps, interview their kindergarten teacher, make a clock from construction paper, and practice reading a bedtime story to their parents instead of being read to.
Ms. Dealey’s prose is sweet, age-appropriate and stimulating for eager young minds. Artist Joseph Cowman’s illustrations are bright, colorful and super-kid friendly. All in all, this book’s content, concepts, illustrations and packaging makes it a win-win for everyone.
Use this book in Reading, Math or Language classes; at home on quiet or rainy days; or when your class takes nature walks to discover the world.