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Kindergarten Readiness

Children�s Garden Preschool takes pride in getting our students ready for a smooth and successful transition
into kindergarten. Being ready gives our students emotional and educational advantages in a larger class
of twenty plus children. (full document)

Miss Isabelle�s recommended readings
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What do you Really Want for Your Children, by Wayne W. Dyer

This book coaches parents in raising emotionally healthy children. Psychologist Dyer covers topics like risk-taking, living in the present, self-reliance, and creativity. Each chapter includes strategies, negative child/parent behaviors, and the support systems for maintaining desirable behaviors. The book has much to offer, especially about reinforcing attitudes of physical wellness.
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A Child's Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play, by Vivian Gussin Paley

Even for very young children, unstructured creative time in the classroom is waning as teachers and administrators are under growing pressures to measure school readiness through rote learning and increased homework. This book decries this rapid disappearance of creative time and makes the case for the critical role of fantasy play in the psychological, intellectual, and social development of young children.
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, by A. Faber & E. Mazlish

Step-by-step approach to improve relationships with your children. The "Reminder" pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or in parenting groups. The solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages.
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Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Raising Your Spirited Child will help you: � understand your child's and your own temperamental traits � discover the power of positive rather than negative labels � cope with the tantrums and power struggles when they occur � plan for success with a simple four-step program � develop strategies for handling mealtimes, sibling rivalry, bedtimes, holidays, and school, among other situations
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Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving...or Missing Sleep?, by M. S. Kurcinka

This book provides insights into why kids do not go to sleep as well as how parents' fatigue can affect their children. The author advocates tension management as a way to foster good sleeping habits and includes how-to regimens to establish bed-time routines tailored to individual children's needs. She also helps parents reset their kids' body clocks to avoid sleepless nights and the morning battles, stress and school bus scramble.
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The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally, by David Elkind

Let kids be kids. Play time is too often replaced by passive activities such as TV and video games. Toys have changed to promote brand loyalties and fashion. Products are marketed toward kids whose young brains are not yet ready for multiple-dimensional representations. Let�s bring back long recesses to encourage imagination for children to develop their minds at a natural pace.
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The Hurried Child: Growing up Too Fast, Too Soon, by David Elkind

Parents have pushed their children emotionally and intellectually too far, too fast. Today's parents think of their kids as Superkids, so competent and so mature that they need adults very little. Why? Because parents, who are building careers, blending families, or struggling as single parents, have no time for child rearing. This places too much stress on the children themselves.
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Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves, by Naomi Aldort

Every parent would happily give up ever scolding, punishing or threatening if she only knew how to ensure that her children would thrive and act responsibly without such painful measures. This book is the answer to this universal wish. It is not about gentle ways to control a child, but about a way of being and of understanding a child to bring out his or her best.
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Your Two, Three, Four, Five Year Old, by Louise Bates Ames

What is it about your child�s age that makes them so lovable? What problems does this particular age have? What can they do now that they couldn't do at the previous age? This book recognizes authorities on child behavior and development, discusses these and scores of other questions unique to a particular age of girls and boys, and offers parents practical advice and enlightening psychological insights.

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