Sunday, February 22, 2009

Let's Get Ready! Series

Stacey Kannenberg
Cedar Valley Publishing

Are you not quite certain exactly what you should be teaching your kindergarten or first grader child? The Let's Get Ready series is terrific for preparing young children for school. These educational books are a smart choice that can help parents teach their kids the fundamentals.

The introduction page of Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten provides a list of early childhood skills that your preschooler should be able to master. The book then goes on to provide that content: the alphabet, colors, shapes, counting, money, opposites, seasons, rhyming, body parts, and so on. I love the page that asks for the child to write their name and address, plus a phone where they can practice dialing their telephone number. Sometimes we take for granted the knowledge that children actually need to have drilled into their heads.

Similarly, the second book in the series, Let's Get Ready for First Grade lists the pre-first grade target skills. This edition explains consonants and vowels, letter sounds, prefixes and suffixes, contractions, punctuation, addition and subtraction, food groups, solar system and more!

Unlike their throwaway paper contemporaries, these books are nicely constructed with sturdy, glossy pages. They are intended to be used with dry erase markers so your kids can write and erase, over and over again. Practice makes perfect! Plus, the bright colors and fun graphics make it attractive for your children to put in the time necessary to learn.

These award winning books are a smart way to teach your kids the basics. All parents want their children to excel and the Let's Get Ready series is a great way to get them started on the right path.

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