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What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge) [Paperback]

By E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (Author) & Linda Bevilacqua (Author)
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The creators of the Core Knowledge Series for elementary school students turn their attention to the needs of preschoolers to describe the essential building blocks of knowledge they require to provide a firm foundation for their future educational career, in a read-aloud anthology that covers everything from science and history to songs, stories, and more. Original. 60,000 first printing.

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Give your child a smart start with
"What Your Preschooler Needs to Know"
Designed for parents to enjoy with children, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering curiosity, this beautifully illustrated anthology offers preschoolers the fundamentals they need to prepare for a happy, productive time in school--and for the rest of their lives. Hundreds of thousands of children have benefited from the acclaimed Core Knowledge Series, developed in consultation with parents, educators, and the most distinguished developmental psychologists. In addition to valuable advice for parents, such as what it means for a child to be ready for kindergarten, special sidebars throughout the book help parents make reading aloud fun and interactive, suggesting questions to ask, connections to make, and games to play to enrich their preschooler's learning experience. Inside you will discover
- Favorite poems and rhymes--all beautifully illustrated, to be read and recited together, from Robert Louis Stevenson's "At the Seaside" to limericks by Edward Lear and tongue twisters by Jack Prelutsky, plus fun "clap along " and "fingerplay" verses that parents and children can act out together
- Beloved stories and fables--stories such as "The Three Little Pigs" and the African folktale "Why Flies Buzz" will open whole new worlds of learning and discovery
- Visual arts--beautiful full-color reproductions of classic works that foster early appreciation of art history while igniting discussions about shapes, colors, and different styles and media
- Music--dozens of songs to sing and dance to, including such "move around" songs as "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Wheels on the Bus"
- History--a delightful introduction to American history, from the first Thanksgiving to Martin Luther King, Jr., with activities and stories parents and children can enjoy together
- Science--from exploring the wonder of animals to the physical properties of light, air, and water--fun activities that will let children observe, experience, and enjoy the natural world

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What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten (Core Knowledge) by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. & Linda Bevilacqua has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 03/15/2008 page 85

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Delta
Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 25, 2008
Publisher   Delta
Series  Core Knowledge  
ISBN  0385341989  
ISBN13  9780385341981  

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More About E. D. Hirsch, Jr. & Linda Bevilacqua

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E. D. Hirsch currently resides in Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.

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Reviews - What do customers think about What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Get Ready for Kindergarten?

The Whole Core Knowledge Series is Excellent  Apr 8, 2010
If you are a teacher of preschoolers, buy it.

If you are a parent of a preschooler, buy it.

As your child ages GET THE WHOLE SERIES! It's a great reference book written age appropriately --- you might learn or relearn a few things too. Many of us, (particularly those of us who attended public school), missed much of the social studies and science presented in this series. Buy the series and get ready to teach your kids what they are probably lacking in their primary school curricula today.
Fabulous Series!  Mar 15, 2010
When my child was little, I think the preschooler volume of this series had not yet been written, so I started with the Kindergartner volume, and each year bought the next volume of the series. He loved this series, and it gave him a huge advantage in our deficient school system. By 6th grade the standardized tests showed him so far advanced in knowledge that the principal had Johns Hopkins University contact us. They asked for him to have him take the SAT at the beginning of 7th grade. He scored at the average level of a graduating high school senior in verbal, and well above the average of graduating seniors in math.

In 8th grade, when we enrolled him in a private school, we discovered that the English teacher was using this series to bring all her students "up to speed" in cultural literacy. Our son went on to graduate as Valedictorian of his high school, and was accepted by 11 tier one universities. Last spring, he graduated from college with an outstanding average in a very difficult major.

If you want to give your child a boost to his education and confidence, this series is THE BEST! Every family should have this series in the home and read a few pages every night!
Every preschool parent needs one!  Jan 8, 2010
I just got this for my 3.5 yr old. Wow, I am so impressed with how much content is packed on this book. For his bedtime story he always chooses from the stories or poems section. And, I always choose a story from the History or Science section. Amazing, how at three he already knows about Betsey ROss, George Washington, Pilgrims, and many other history facts. We are now looking into getting the activity book. Highly recommend it!
Great!  Dec 13, 2009
My four year old daughter can't wait to start kindergarten. I got this book to help prepare her for starting school. As an artist, I was thrilled with the art section. The stories and poems are great too. I love the boxes on each page that have questions to ask and things to consider with your child as you read or look at pictures. My daughter and I love this book, and when my 2 year old son gets a little older, I will use this book with him as well. Highly recommended!
Great Supplement for preschoolers & their parents!  Sep 17, 2009
I bought this book in the spring, and my son entered preschool this fall. Since I'm a working parent, he has been in daycare since infancy, but I wanted to help him learn more at home. Also, many daycares do not teach curriculum over the summer so this was a good way to keep him engaged at home during those months.

The book is great - he loves every section. The pictures are colorful, vibrant, and interesting, and as a parent, I really appreciate the variety and level of information included. The stories are written at a pretty high literacy level, so you might find it hard to read the whole story in one sitting. I do this at bedtime when my son is calmer and more likely to listen. I also have to explain a lot of the words, but I have read that hearing a wide range of new words is good for kids at this age, so don't let that intimidate you.

There are lots of fun nursery rhymes, poems, and songs. The history section is excellent - my son now understands all about George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Betsy Ross, and Martin Luther King, Jr. We also have fun with the science section, where there is an explanation of how plants grow, the different forms of water (liquid, solid, gas), information about our bodies and about people in general. The art section doesn't hold his attention as well, but it's one of the smallest sections in the book so that doesn't really detract from the overall quality of the book.

There's also an appendix at the end of the book that recommends bedtime stories, songs, and activities to do with your child, as well as a checklist for kindergarten readiness. This book is an outstanding supplement for parents of children who are attending preschool, or even for 3 year olds just getting ready, and I highly recommend it.

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