Book List For Kindergarten

President's Day Crafts for Kindergartners

presidents day crafts for kindergartenersThere are so many great crafts that you can do with your kindergartener for President's Day. Some require a little work before hand, especially if you are working with a group. Others can just be done right away once you get the supplies. Here are a few great ideas along with links to more detailed information on how to do the crafts.

  1. President's Day Finger Puppets - Make your own fingerpuppets using construction paper, tape, and a penny and a quarter.
  2. Lincoln Penny Pendant - Make a star shaped pendant by layering red, white, and blue stars and taping a Lincoln penny in the middle. Do this for a group by cutting the stars ahead of time.
  3. Paper Plate Lincoln Hat - Make an Abe Lincoln hat out of a paper plate and construction paper. This can also be done using an oatmeal canister.
  4. Handprint American Eagle - Make an American eagle out of children's handprints.
  5. Tissue Paper Star - Have children cut out red, white, and blue tissue paper and glue it into the shape of a star.
  6. Abe Lincoln Paper Plate Mask - Make a mask out of a paper plate by cutting out the middle, adding a hat, and coloring a beard.
  7. Handprint Cherry Tree - Make a cherry tree using a handprint, and stamp cherries on using paint on pennies.

This photo courtesy of Franklin Park Library via Flickr.

All the Presidents

the presidents

Want a poster of all the Presidents for your classroom? You can find this one at AllPosters here.

President's Day Coloring Sheets

president coloring bookPresident's Day coloring sheets are great for kindergartners. Coloring helps develop fine motor skills, and if they can color while learning about the presidents, all the better! Here are links to a few free coloring printables.

  1. White House Coloring Page
  2. President's Day Coloring Pages - A whole selection of coloring pages that can be printed either colored or black and white
  3. President Coloring Pages - Coloring pages for each president
  4. President's Day Banner
  5. Crayola President's Day Printable
  6. Barack Obama Coloring page

President's Day Games and Activities for Kindergartners

presidents day activitiesThere are some really great games and activities you can do with your kindergartner to help them learn about President's Day. We built the log cabin out of pretzels that you see here. But there are other games and activities that you can do as well!

  1. Edible Log Cabin - This makes a great snack and is really easy to put together.
  2. Build a Log Cabin - There's a few different activities on this page, but the one I like to adapt for kindergartners is the log cabin. You print the log cabin for the children ahead of time, then make popsicle sticks with words that can be sorted on them. This could be sight words, or vowels and consonants, depending on what you are working on. The children sort the popsicle sticks and build their cabin.
  3. Are You as Tall as Abe Lincoln? - Make a lifesize cutout of Abe Lincoln, then see how tall the kids are comparatively.

President's Day Snacks

presidents day snacksPresident's Day snacks are so much fun! Anything star shaped works well. Also, the pretzel sticks used to make a log cabin also make a great snack when the kids are done building. Here are some recipes and other ideas to use for snacks.

  • Patriotic Fruit
  • Star Shaped Cookies
  • Cherry yogurt to honor George Washington
  • Fresh cherries also work well if you can find them. Just make sure they are pitted and sliced in half to avoid choking hazards.
  • Sandwiches cut in the shape of the president's heads. You can find presidential cookie cutters here

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    German language books preferred by german schools from kindergarten to 10th?
    Can anyone please tell me what are the books followed as german language in german schools from kindergarten to 10th. I am trying to learn german from scratch. For translation and pronunciation i will be using google translate. So, please help me out with the book list. If possible give the names of books which i can download from internet for free.

    • ANSWER:
      every kindergarten and every school has it's own book, even teachers choice can differ from class to class. So you don't get here very far.

      With these books you won't be able to learn German as a second language, they are written for kids that already speak German.

      You would have to google for search terms: German deutsch free lessons, there are some courses out there

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you write an essay on how a major character in a book changes if the characters don't really change?
    The book is "Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" by David Lubar.
    Honestly, I cannot come up with a single essay-worthy change any of the characters went through. So how do I actually do the essay? Do I write it about how the characters are the same from start to finish? Do you believe that that would be accepted?

    • ANSWER:
      my reaction to the question:
      probably asking how the behavior or beliefs or reactions of a major character or protagonist are different as the story progresses than what they were when the story started.
      these are main characters that changed
      * Kyle has been Scott's friend since kindergarten and is a fearless but obnoxious teenager. He eventually makes the wrestling team, starts hanging out with the jocks, dumps Scott (and even helps Vernon get his revenge on him), and is on the path to becoming a bully.

      * Patrick has been Scott's closest friend since second grade. He is honest and very perceptive, and is also the gentlest of Scott's "Three Musketeers." When his father is transferred midway through the novel, he moves to Texas and then to Japan. He doesn't like books very much even though Scott tries to encourage him to read. He finally finds a book he likes called Ender's Game when Scott recommends it to him. He is the only musketeer that didn't voluntarily ditch Scott.

      * Mitch has been Scott's friend since sixth grade. The best-looking of the "Three Musketeers," he leaves the quartet early in the story when he gets a girlfriend at least a year older than himself and starts to spend all his time with her.
      don't think your idea would be accepted.
      Example of a change (metamorphosis )from Schindler's list
      Schindler, initially concerned only with himself and the success of his moneymaking scheme, undergoes a change that prompts him to spend his fortune to save the lives of those he once exploited. His metamorphosis from a man of indifference to one of compassion takes place gradually over a number of scenes.

  3. QUESTION:
    What size book bag is good for a kindergartener?
    My daughter is starting a kindergarten the end of this month. I've been looking around for the book bag for her but they're so many to choose from.

    What size is good for a kindergartener?

    What do you have to bring for them? I have the list for the school supply but for your experince, what will go in the book bag to bring with her everyday?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      nothing too big, but nothing too small. Most would think that since it's kindergarten, they would need to be smaller, but they just have to be big enough to fit at least one text book.
      I am not saying that they WILL take home text books (Im in 8th grade and i dont even bring them home), but to fit things like folders and a lunch, they should be able to fit at the very least, the size to fit a textbook.
      Hope she enjoys school!

  4. QUESTION:
    What does my preschooler need to know before entering kindergarten?
    Hi! My son will not be starting school until next year but I want to make sure he is well prepared! Would love advice from kindergarten teachers if possible. I just want to know what he should have mastered before he starts kindergarten. Any advice is much appreciated! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that your child can identify the letters of the alphabet. Show him flash cards that are out of order to test him. You should read to your child as often as you can to help him learn his letters. Make sure your child can identify numbers one through ten and (even better) possibly one through twenty. He should be able to identify and print his first and last name in a legible fashion. If you are keeping your child at home, please give him the opportunity to color and scribble with fat crayons, skinny crayons, markers, and fat pencils as often as possible. He needs to build up his finger dexterity so he NEEDS to color, color, color. Don't use coloring books at all. He should color and scribble on sturdy manilla or construction paper. The list goes on and on....

      I'm sure that you've seen the books at the library and the bookstore on how to prepare your child. You should go to a teachers supply store and look at the books concerning early childhood education. You will learn alot more from those teacher's references. Buy yourself the book, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool

  5. QUESTION:
    What should a kid know before kindergarten?
    I am starting a new website (stuffakidshouldknow.com) that will contain lists of things a child should know before life's events. I know this question has been asked and answered in the past - but I am looking for a list type answer. You can explain each if you want. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      * Play memory using numbers/corresponding # of objects; or upper/lower case letters, or colors/shapes. You can use flashcards as your memory cards or you can make them yourselves. I'm sure you can find free printables online as well. Check out www.childcareland.com for free printables and ideas. I don't think she has a "memory" game but she does have many basic concept activities.

      * The quickest way to get her to write her first name is to do it every day. I place a tracing sheet in a sheet protector and each child "signs in" daily. They trace their name and then try to write it on their own. It's amazing how quick they catch on.

      * in daily conversation state the color of the items you are talking about. Let's put the red cups on the table. Let's use the white measuring cup to measure our flour. I'm putting on my blue shoes. Etc. Can be done the same to reinforce shapes, numbers, letters.

      * FORGET the work books :-) Some kids like them some don't...but they are not developmentally appropiate. :-) Provide lots of writing paper and writing tools. Continue reading the books but follow the print along and point out a specific letter that she is learning. Read basic concept books (library); watch basic concept DVD's if she's likes that type of thing; play computer games with her such as JumpStart or Reader Rabbit.

      * Have her count as she is setting the table...4 spoons, 1,2,3,4 forks, so on.

      * When you are coloring...talk about the colors that are being used...have her find something in the room that is the same color.

      * when you are out for your nature walk... jump 5 times; walk 10 steps, gallop as you count to 10. You can reinforce recognition by placing number flashcards or magnets into your pocket or a bag and have her choose one, tell you what it is and decide how you are going to move. You can also put counting objects in your pocket and have her grab a few and count them and then move accordingly.

      * bounce a ball back and forth while counting or saying your abc's or their sounds.

      * on the pavement draw an icecream cone. Write her name, with sidewalk chalk, in the cone. Add a scoop for each letter in her name. Write each letter inside the scoop and then have her start at the cone and jump from one scoop to the next while spelling her name.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to help a kindergarten student with reading comprehension?
    My son is reading pretty well and could go to the next book level but not till his comprehension improves. His teacher says he is still doing great but this needs work. She has given me a list of questions to ask him after we read a book, which he doesn't like very well, so Im trying to just get him to talk about the book. I want him to like learning. He loves to read and loves me to read to him. Any other suggestions to help with reading comprehension?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Just be natural! Show a genuine interest in the book that he is reading. Relate what's going on in the book's text or pictures with your son's life (or your own). Making connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world) while reading is a big help for increasing reading comprehension skills. (I wrote the two articles in the source area; the guided reading one is something I did regularly when I was a first grade teacher and the second one is something I do with my own kindergartener.)

      Have fun reading! (And remember, he's only in kindergarten. I know learning is pretty rushed nowadays, but just remind yourself that the learning will come.)

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get started with homeschooling?
    My son will be entering Kindergarten in fall 08 and I plan on homeschooling him and his two little sister until 6th grade at least. I need help getting started. I don't know where to start and what needs to be done. I looked in to online academy, but I won't be able to pay for it(they want close to 3K a year). My son is too energtic to spend all day in class, and too bright for his age. I really need to get this started with in the next few months so any help is apprecaited.

    • ANSWER:
      There are SO many different ways of homeschooling. I'll list a few here:

      1. Find an established curriculum that you like and have them work through that. This is especially helpful if you are unsure at what pace public school students are going.

      2. Find a local homeschooling group. This is nice for support, and some in more active areas will have programs to cover subjects you might not be able to muster on your own.

      3. Decide what's important and go for it: I was homeschooled through sixth grade and my parents used a variety of methods. We learned math by going through discarded books from the public school. We brought home mountains of books from the public library and were required to read a certain number per month. Later, we would cover a certain subject, like the Revolutionary war, and most of the books that month would cover people, battles, and events during that era.

      Homeschooling also gives you the freedom to cover exactly what you want to cover. My cousin is involved in entomology above and beyond what he could ever learn in school. And a key part of my siblings and my education was family trips during the summer when we would visit national parks, historic sites, museums, and presidential homes. It's one thing to read about Franklin Pierce, it's another thing to see his house.

      Obviously your children will have to cover some basics, like reading, writing, math, and spelling, but allow them to explore their creativities as well. If they want to take up the oboe, sign them up for lessons. If they love animals, take them to the petting zoo a lot. If they love art, give them lessons. You may invest a little more money, but they will discover what they love and will be able to pursue it.

      And if your son is entergetic, make sure he has an outlet for that as well, for he might still become restless, even at home. If he loves a certain sport, encourage him to pursue it.

      One more thing: I have five younger siblings and a key part of my education those early years was child care and chores. Don't be afraid to assign them some duties: it's called home ec.

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a list of things I need to teach for kindergarten homeschool?
    I am going to homeschool my son, but I do not think it is essential yet for a curriculum book to follow (at least not for kindergarten). Does anyone know where I can find some sort of list on the internet of what they should know by the end of the year?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure of a website, but The Core Knowledge Series is a good resource. There is a book called "What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know" that is a great help. I used all their books up to 6th grade as a resource. Just don't get to stressed out if they aren't right on track. Kids all learn differently.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to organise a library for primary or kindergarten children?
    right now it is in author a-z order but small children don't know which author they like..but they do know they like truck books for example. I would like the library to be in categories, but where can I find a list of categories to use as the DD system is more for young adults.

    • ANSWER:
      You could do it by pictures e.g. all the dinosaur books have a dinosaur picture near that section with the word dinosaur near it..this will teach the children the words aswell. Also you could do it alphabetically of the types of book you have.. Like A - Action, Art, B - Bikes, Building.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I get my child back into special education?
    My daughter was in the special education program till after kindergarten (PEEPprogram, then First steps, then collaberative k in Virginia) then they said due to her progress they pulled her out. Last year in first grade she was having alot of issues ranging from her attention due to adhd, to writing problems, to comprehension, to fine motor skills. I want to put her back into the program to give her the help she needs.

    • ANSWER:
      That happens sometimes when kids transistion from preschool to school aged. Although an evaluation is required by law at the age of 6, it's tough to assess academic skills in at that age and come up with discrepancies from cognitive skills (which also isn't that great to do at 4 or 5)!

      You will need to request a new evaluation be conducted. Most schools have a child study teams that get scheduled quickly, so get on the list early. The team will meet and this is where you can bring your concerns and documentation you have. This is not a scary process, nor is it a delay tactic- you want the people who will evaluate your child to know what your concens are, and you can get a good feel for who will be working with your kid. It's good to build relationships with them- get phone numbers and e-mails so you can be appraised of progress or any concerns that may arise. If she's moved schools, make sure the new school knows her educational history, as this school doesn't know her past the way you do. Also bring information you have regarding her ADHD. Ask her previous teacher to attend the meeting as well. The school may want to put interventions in place, which is fine, but they can complete an eval at the same time. Go ahead and request to waive the time between an intervention and evaluation. For your eval, be sure to ask for an occupational therapist to participate as she has motor problems. Once the data is complied, you'll meet again. As a school-aged child, if her difficulties are severe enough to warrant special education, she would likely be called a child with an Other Health Impairment. Then an IEP would be written. If she doesn't seem to have severe enough needs to benefit from special education, request that a 504 plan be considered and written. This can provide classroom and testing accommodations to your child. This plan can provide reduced homework, study partners, extra books, etc. Sometimes this is the best option for ADHD kids who really don't need pull out, but need help focusing in the classroom. For the record, in my state, occupational therapists can provide services for kids on 504 plans.

      On your part, make sure she has good attendance and that medical needs are met (glasses if she needs them, any medical treatment offered by your doctor, etc.)

  11. QUESTION:
    How much would I need to do to legally change my name?
    I've never liked my name since the days of kindergarten and still don't ever since and I'm planning to finally change it by the time I'm done with High School within a couple of months.
    I was just wondering if anyone knows where I would need to go to do this, how much I would need to pay and etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on your state, it could cost as little as . Contact your Bureau of Vital Statistics. It should be listed in the blue pages of your phone book under the court system.

      Changing your name is very easy. Basically, you list your old name, the new name you want and the reasons why. You have to say you're not doing it to avoid any "issues" like debts or crimes. You may have to run a newspaper ad stating that's what you're doing. The hardest part will be waiting for a court date so the judge can grant your request.

      But please, don't change your name to Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock.

  12. QUESTION:
    I need help finding a good Kindergarten south of Adelaide?
    I live in Noarlunga and is looking for a good kindergarten. I'm willing to travel around 15km from Noarlunga for example Seaford or Woodcroft if necessary. Also if you know of one please tell me why you think it's good and does it have any negatives to it. Also what do kids do in kindy. Do they start learning things or is it mostly just playing. Thanks for your help. Oh and one more question, what age do they start?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some I found on the net. I couldn't find what age they start, but there's a contact number for you if you want to find out. I also can't give you any advice as to which kindy's are better.

      Address: Seaford Area Kindergarten 9 Hastings St, Seaford, SA, 5169
      Phone number: (08) 83862798

      Address: Frieda Corpe Community Kinderg 42 Benny Ave, Port Noarlunga, SA, 5167
      Phone number: (08) 83842108

      Address: Green Vale Kindergarten & Long Day Care Centre 234 Pimpala Rd, Woodcroft SA 5162
      Phone Number: (08) 8387 4533

      Address: Kidz @ Woodcroft Child Care Centre and Kindergarten, 234 Pimpala Rd Woodcroft SA 5162
      Phone Number: (08) 8387 4533 or (08) 8384 4533
      Website: http://www.echildcare.com.au/woodcroft-greenvale/

      Kindy in some ways prepares children for school. It gets them used to a structured day, the rules they must follow and the way they must behave. It also shows them how to cooperate and socialize with others their age. Generally it is mostly playing, but through this playing the skills I listed above, are learnt. There are a range of activities, some more educational than others. For exmaple they may be read books and helped with counting things or be allowed to paint and play on play equipment.

      Hope this helps :)

  13. QUESTION:
    What does the word exempted mean in the name of a school?
    Hi
    My son is about to start going to kindergarten at a school thats name is

    xxxxxx exempted village school district. I was wondering what the "exempted" word meant for a school?

    • ANSWER:
      I can only guess, but I suspect it has something to do with a local taxing structure. Most schools are supported by local property taxes and this one may have some different financial support. It could also be some sort of a legislated thing.
      I would be curious to know what they are "exempted" from, too - and I would call the mayor's office of your village (or the superintendent of the school district in question) and ask them. Either office should have a website with some contact information or a listing in your local phone book.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I best prepare a special-needs child for kindergarten?
    I am taking care of two little boys full-time this summer and one of the boys (5) is entering kindergarten in the fall and has a genetic disorder. He is a very smart and intelligent little guy but he has problems with stuttering and forming words and sentences as well as focusing on one activity to the other. His mom gave me a list of things he needs to work on in the summer from his future teachers.

    1. Coloring
    2. Dot-to-dot connecting
    3.Play-doh
    4. Work on #s and counting
    5.Legos
    6. Phonics
    7. Retelling stories- we need to read almost every day
    8. Cutting with scissors

    Most of these are very easy but I have trouble forming fun activities to practice them through. If anyone has any fun games, iPad apps, website links to printouts, advice on special needs children when it comes to sitting down and focusing, etc. It would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Is he able to use chalk outside in a driveway or side walk? You can work on dot to dot motor skills outside that way.

      Cutting with scissors start with straight lines and make large zig zags to cut with.

      Reading let him choose between 2 books. That way he can be interested in the story, instead of you picking a book he does not want to read. You can get take home books from your public libraries.

      Counting again should be fun. Count things you see outside on walk around the block. Count the blue homes or count how many people have the American Flag in front of their homes.
      Coloring should be associated with the reading aspect. Have him draw the picture of the illustrations in the book he liked the most.

  15. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on how to make my son want to learn his letters?
    My son is in kindergarten and hates to sit & work on his letters & numbers. His teacher says she has a hard time keeping his attention in school, but other than that he's a good kid. I have tried rewards, he doesn't care, he thinks letters are boring. I don't really know how to make it fun so he wants to do it. I don't yell or make him work at it for long periods of time or anything, even a few minutes and he's bored & wants to go outside & play. Any advice would be great, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Make learning a game and he won't even know he's doing it. Identify letters on signs when he is in the car. He is contained in a car seat/seat belt so you have his undivided attention. Look for the big M for McDonalds. K in Kmart, etc. Use the grocery store as a learning tool. Let him help you find the can of PEAS. Tell him to look for the big P. Print your grocery list so he can match the letters. Outside activities are fun too. He can use a big paint brush and a can of water and paint letters on the side of the house or trees. He'll have to think fast before it dries and disappears. Chalk on the concrete is fun too. Being bored is an adult term. Children learn that. Before bedtime, settle him down with some nice books that have words for him to identify. Don't always expect him to repeat it, he will learn it if you keep repeating it to him. Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to get free homeschooling ideas?
    I am homeschooling my 5 year old granddaughter and I would like to know where I can go to get free homeschooling materials. I am willing to go online if anyone has online ideas or even snail mail. She is in kindergarten now, but any and all material will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I post this list often, and it has a site for just about anything you can think of.
      Eventhough the first two do require a small fee of .00 per year to gain full access to their site it is well worth it.
      Good luck with home schooling your grandchild, it is a wonderful way to spend time with one another.

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      This site does require a .00 yearly fee to have full use of all their printable materials, but it is well worth it.
      You can check them out for free, but it is a lot of curriculum in one place.
      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
      http://www.abcteach.com/

      Free computer software; just pay a nominal fee for shipping.
      http://www.planetcdrom.com/free-homeschool/

      Educational games.
      http://www.educationallearninggames.com/educational-board-games.asp

      Bible.
      http://www.bibletopics.com/index.htm
      http://www.nestlearning.com/Coloring-Pages-W40C0.aspx
      http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm

      Book lists.
      http://nancykeane.com/rl/
      http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html

      Poetry.
      http://www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Games&op=display_game&game=WordMagnets
      http://www.poetry4kids.com/index.php

      Weather/Meteorology (the weather dude).
      http://www.wxdude.com
      http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/matrix.htm?

      Astronomy
      http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/star...
      http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

      Mr. Donn's history site - unit studies.
      http://members.aol.com/donnandlee/

      Free Audio Books.
      http://www.free-books.org/

      On-Line e-mail and communication etiquette.
      http://www.onlinenetiquette.com/
      http://www.emailreplies.com/

      Natural Living, and Environment.
      http://www.eartheasy.com/article_enviro_sites_kids.htm
      http://www.nrdc.org/reference/kids.asp
      http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/9489.asp

      Health and Science.
      http://kidshealth.org/kid/
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/imaging_station/index.php
      http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/kitchenscience/

      Dewey Decimal System.
      http://www.tnrdlib.bc.ca/dewey.html

      Free weekly tips, worksheets,lesson plans, resources , and curriculum.
      http://www.homeschoolfreestuff...
      http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/FreeEdMain01.asp
      http://about.com/education/
      http://www.freeworksheets.com/
      http://teacher.scholastic.com/
      http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/ets/Wwwsites.htm
      http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/mmh/games/top100.htm
      http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm
      http://www.starfall.com/
      http://www.homeschoolblessings.com/
      http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/

      Math:
      http://www.tlsbooks.com/mathworksheets.h...
      http://www.mathsisfun.com/worksheets/ind...
      http://www.algebra.com
      http://www.coolmath.com/
      http://www.coolmathalgebra.com/......
      http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
      http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/creekvalley/staffdev/Internet%20Sites/studentsites.htm
      http://www.rainforestmaths.com/
      http://www.clc.mnscu.edu/kschulte/mathworksheets.html
      http://www.totallyfreemath.com/toc.html
      http://www.aaamath.com/
      http://www.mathsisfun.com/
      http://www.purplemath.com/
      http://www.multiplication.com/interactive_games.htm
      http://www.learningplanet.com/sam/ff/index.asp

      Geography
      http://www.dltk-kids.com/world
      http://www.dltk-kids.com
      http://www.dltk-kids.com/color.........
      http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm
      http://members.aol.com/bowermanb/games.html
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/#geogames
      http://www.weeklyreader.com/kids/games/geography.asp
      http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html
      http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/

      History.
      http://www.touregypt.net/KIDS/monuments.htm
      http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/resources/
      http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decades.html
      http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html
      http://www.brainyhistory.com/
      http://history-world.org/

      Library learning.
      http://www.lists.webjunction.org/libweb/
      http://www.loc.gov/index.html/
      http://www.libraryspot.com/
      http://www.lii.org/
      http://www.demo.openlibrary.org/

      Typing-keyboarding
      http://www.auntlee.com/easytyp.........
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

      Grammar-writing.
      http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm
      http://www.zozanga.com/

      Grade Level Core Knowledge site.
      http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/6.htm

      Other:
      http://www.funbrain.com/
      http://www.brainpopjr.com/
      http://www.iknowthat.com/
      http://www.kidzone.ws/
      http://kidsites.com/
      http://www.spellingtime.com/
      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/coolchild.html
      http://www.internet4classrooms.com/month2month.htm
      http://www.extremescience.com/
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/games/games_main.html
      http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/menu_jeux.html
      http://parenting.leehansen.com/kids/kidstuff.htm
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/index.html
      http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/
      http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html
      http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/mmh/games/top100.htm
      http://www.nsa.gov/kids/
      http://www.surfnetkids.com/
      http://4kids.org/games/

  17. QUESTION:
    What questions would be good to ask a kindergartner about themselves?
    I'm thinking about making an "About Me" book for my kindergarten class this way I can get to know them a little better. I"m a student teacher and I'm just trying to think what questions for them that they will be able to answer. Any ideas? Please list all of the questions you can think of..also some that include them to draw a picture. School starts Tuesday and I'm hoping to have the little book done by then.

    • ANSWER:
      just simple questions like

      what's your favorite animal/color/sport or activity.

      what food do you like?

      if you could have a cool super power what would it be?

      favorite cartoon?

      do you have pets?

      I think that they can draw a little sketch with each question :)
      (except for the super power questioin)

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some simple data collection techniques I can use in my kindergarten classroom?
    I am on an IAT coaching team. We are developing a list of ideas for the teachers in our all kindergarten building to use when collecting data on student behaviors. I have looked everywhere and I have only been able to find about three techniques including placing a piece of masking tape on your leg and tally marking everytime you observe the behavior, moving paperclips from one pocket to the other and using a counter to record the number of times the behavior happens. I am sure that there are more, however, I have been unable to locate any additional ideas. I would greatly appreciate the advice of other teachers. Any websites or book recommendations would be outstanding. Thank you so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      www.specialconnections.ku.edu.
      If you look under Behavior planning
      Functional Behavior Assessment
      Teacher Tools.
      They give you specific examples for collecting data including a Scatter Plot, ABC chart and other ideas.
      You may also want to talk about different types of data collection: frequency/ event recording, duration (latency) and time sampling to give a range of the type of data that can be collected. An introductory text to Behavior Analysis gives a lot of great data collection ideas also. Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers published by Prentice Hall is a great resource.

      I hope these are helpful :)
      A couple more websites.
      http://www.usu.edu/teachall/text/behavior/LRBIpdfs/Data.pdf
      www.pent.ca.gov/07BehaviorPlanning/aFuncAssessment/datacollection_dk.pdf
      http://education.umn.edu/ceed/projects/preschoolbehavior/strategies/fa.htm#Direct%20Observation

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I know when to be concerned with my 5 year old's communication?
    My 5 year old daughter is hard to understand by some people, She still does not use pronouns correctly, (her is tall instead of she is tall) and often gets frustrated when trying to describe things. She describes items by calling them "things" and ends a lot of sentences with "well, you know" rather than explaining what she needs or wants.
    When she gets frustrated she starts to cry and throw a tantrum.
    She often has a very difficult time following directions and won't even start a task I have given her. One step directions are sometimes a challenge.
    When coming home from day care I will ask her about her day and she gives very few details about what happened or who did what during the day. I feel like I do not have a clue what she does all day. I will ask her about activities her teacher lists on her daily sheet and some times she acts like they were insignificant rather than talk about them.
    She has many letters and combinations she can not pronounce such as r, th, and more.

    She does not go to kindergarten yet but has gone to day care/preschool. She is also around a lot of other kids but most are younger than her. She does have an older sibling.
    We read books every day so she does get exposed to a lot of language.

    She has seen a voice therapist for nodules on her vocal cords but that is a whole of ball park.
    She does like to draw but the pictures are much less developed than I think they would be for a kid her age. Many times she will just scribble and coloring in the lines on a picture is out of the question most times. I do not know if she can't do it or simply won't do it. She has never enjoyed coloring books.

    Is this normal for a 5 year old having gone to preschool? Help!!! I am planning on a doctor's visit. I just do not know if I am expecting too much or there is an issue.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't worry about the drawing, but she is having some problems with her language. I'd start by taking her to a speech pathologist. The speech pathologist will assess her language and be able to refer you to the right specialist if she suspects your daughter has a learning disability or a processing problem. I would not leave it until she starts kindergarten. as by then the situation will be more complicated, such as interfering with her education and self-esteem.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does somebody knows how a pre kindergarten schedule would look like? any ideas how to start and finish a day?
    Am trying to home school my son,he is 4 years old turning 5 now on 09/27/2009.He wasn't able to get into pre k cause there's no space,so they put him on a waiting list.I don't know much about a Pre Kindergarten schedule,does somebody has some ideas?And also will help me some tips of what hes supposed to learn before going to kinder

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, check out the website for the World Book Encyclopedia. Look for the Typical Course of Study, which is available for each grade level from Preschool-Grade 12.

      A Beka (a Christian publisher of materials for private and home schools) also has a Scope & Sequence booklet, which you can download at their website or request a free copy be mailed to you along with a catalog.

      I also recommend the book "What Your Preschooler Needs To Know". It is available at your local library and/or book store. The author is E.D. Hirsch from the Core Knowledge Foundation, and their series (What Your Kindergartener, First Grader, etc.-it goes through sixth grade) is very helpful.

      At your son's age, his learning should be through play and life. Puzzles, blocks, arts and crafts, music, nature walks, visits to the local zoo and aquarium, a lot of visits to the library and/or book store (both of which probably have programs for his age), visits to the local children's museum and the regular museum (which probably also has programs for children his age), etc.

      I LOVE the book Ready for Kindergarten. I believe the author is Sharon Wilcox, but I might be mistaken. I bought it from Amazon-the cover is a peach and purple check pattern. It has ideas for educational activities to do several days a week to prepare a child for Kindergarten. The activities are age appropriate, both in content and time limits.

      I hope this information helps, and feel free to contact me via my profile if I can help any other way:)

      Homeschooling mom of three, ages 11, 9 and (almost) 2.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do you have any ideas for science and social studies curriculum for pre-k and k?
    I'm hoping to find printables and good websites with free worksheets, coloring pages, etc. dealing with science and social studies. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to teach these topics and what I should start with? My children are 4 and 6 and my 6 y.o. is more like kindergarten/first grade. Any help would be appreciated.
    I've been looking it up for awhile now. I'm hoping someone has personal experience with a website or something I'm missing.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this list is going to be very long, however social studies includes just about everything these day's, and is a catch all name for multiple subjects.
      These subjects can be done successfully in unit studies.

      Hope these will be of some help to you.

      This site does require a .00 yearly fee to have full use of all their printable materials, but it is well worth it.
      You can check them out for free, but it is a lot of curriculum in one place.
      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/

      Free computer software; just pay a nominal fee for shipping.
      http://www.planetcdrom.com/free-homeschool/

      Educational games.
      http://www.educationallearninggames.com/educational-board-games.asp

      Bible.
      http://www.bibletopics.com/index.htm
      http://www.nestlearning.com/Coloring-Pages-W40C0.aspx
      http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0.htm

      Book lists.
      http://nancykeane.com/rl/
      http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html

      Poetry.
      http://www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Games&op=display_game&game=WordMagnets
      http://www.poetry4kids.com/index.php

      Weather/Meteorology (the weather dude).
      http://www.wxdude.com
      http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/matrix.htm?

      Astronomy
      http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/star...
      http://www.kidsastronomy.com/

      Mr. Donn's history site - unit studies.
      http://members.aol.com/donnandlee/

      Free Audio Books.
      http://www.free-books.org/

      On-Line e-mail and communication etiquette.
      http://www.onlinenetiquette.com/
      http://www.emailreplies.com/

      Natural Living, and Environment.
      http://www.eartheasy.com/article_enviro_sites_kids.htm
      http://www.nrdc.org/reference/kids.asp
      http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/9489.asp

      Health and Science.
      http://kidshealth.org/kid/
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/imaging_station/index.php

      Dewey Decimal System.
      http://www.tnrdlib.bc.ca/dewey.html

      Free weekly tips, worksheets,lesson plans, resources , and curriculum.
      http://www.homeschoolfreestuff...
      http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/FreeEdMain01.asp
      http://about.com/education/
      http://www.freeworksheets.com/
      http://teacher.scholastic.com/
      http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/ets/Wwwsites.htm
      http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/mmh/games/top100.htm
      http://www.ala.org/gwstemplate.cfm?section=greatwebsites&template=/cfapps/gws/default.cfm
      http://www.starfall.com/
      http://www.homeschoolblessings.com/
      http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/

      Math:
      http://www.tlsbooks.com/mathworksheets.h...
      http://www.mathsisfun.com/worksheets/ind...
      http://www.algebra.com
      http://www.coolmath.com/
      http://www.coolmathalgebra.com/......
      http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
      http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/creekvalley/staffdev/Internet%20Sites/studentsites.htm
      http://www.rainforestmaths.com/
      http://www.clc.mnscu.edu/kschulte/mathworksheets.html
      http://www.totallyfreemath.com/toc.html

      Geography
      http://www.dltk-kids.com/world
      http://www.dltk-kids.com
      http://www.dltk-kids.com/color.........
      http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm
      http://members.aol.com/bowermanb/games.html
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/#geogames
      http://www.weeklyreader.com/kids/games/geography.asp
      http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/usaquiz.html
      http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/

      History.
      http://www.touregypt.net/KIDS/monuments.htm
      http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/resources/
      http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decades.html
      http://www.foundationsmag.com/civility.html
      http://www.brainyhistory.com/

      Library learning.
      http://www.lists.webjunction.org/libweb/
      http://www.loc.gov/index.html/
      http://www.libraryspot.com/
      http://www.lii.org/
      http://www.demo.openlibrary.org/

      Typing-keyboarding
      http://www.auntlee.com/easytyp.........
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

      Grammar-writing.
      http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm
      http://www.zozanga.com/

      Grade Level Core Knowledge site.
      http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/6.htm

      Other:
      http://www.funbrain.com/
      http://www.brainpopjr.com/
      http://www.iknowthat.com/
      http://www.kidzone.ws/
      http://kidsites.com/
      http://www.spellingtime.com/
      http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/coolchild.html
      http://www.internet4classrooms.com/month2month.htm
      http://www.extremescience.com/
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/games/games_main.html
      http://www.studentsoftheworld.info/menu_jeux.html
      http://parenting.leehansen.com/kids/kidstuff.htm
      http://www.exploratorium.edu/explore/index.html
      http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/
      http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/index.html
      http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/mmh/games/top100.htm
      http://www.nsa.gov/kids/
      http://www.surfnetkids.com/

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there an online assessment tool for home schoolers?
    I'd like to periodically test my children to see where they are in terms of the standard child in public school. We plan to send them to public school in junior high, but don't want them to be held back for not knowing certain topics. Any good websites for a listing of what kids should know by what age?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a series of books that I used as a bench mark. I can't remember the names, but I got them all at Barnes and Noble. It was something like What Your Child Should Have Learned in X Grade

      Here is a similar website. I am giving you kindergarten but on the left are links for all of elementary school

      http://www.greatschools.org/students/academic-skills/531-K-5-benchmarks.gs

  23. QUESTION:
    Can I teach english as a second language with a tesol certificate in Japan?
    I would like to teach english as a second language in Japan to kids in kindergarten and first grade. This summer I am going to get my certificate in TESOL and I am going for a certificate or degree in early childhood development. Would I be able to get a job with just these two things or is there anything else I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dea,

      It s great you d like to go to Japan and teach English. There is no specific requirement with regard to degree subject however if you are interested in early childhood development then that s brilliant!
      Most schools require you to have a degree to due to Visa issues and you will also need a TEFL qualification, this will equip you with the confidence and classroom skills needed to become a successful teacher as well as helping you to secure the better jobs and wages.

      For some more information you may like to take a look at TEFL Uncovered. It s a free e-book containing everything you need to know about teaching English overseas including a list of the requirements needed to teach in Japan, help and advice when applying for jobs as well as useful contacts and links.

      Feel free to take a look here:

      http://www.onlinetefl.com/contact-tefl-team/tefl-ebook.html?source=yahooanswerssocial

      Another great way to get advice about teaching English in Japan is to chat to people who are teaching there right now. Chalkboard is a free online community dedicated to TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language.) It s full of people ready to chat and share advice.

      You can find it here:

      http://www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-chalkboard/?source=yahooanswerssocial

      Hope this helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you discipline a 6 yr old who is misbehaving at school when he comes home?
    My son is in kindergarten. He is behaving badly. He is being very disrespectful and a little violent. We have spanked him when he has done this at home. The teacher does not think that spanking him after school is the correct punishment. I have tried taking away items, not being allowed to watch TV, etc. Nothing seems to be working in getting him to behave.

    • ANSWER:
      he might be sleepy. send his butt to bed for a nap.

      check out 'indigo children' on the web/net. a lot of people think that indigo children have add or adhd, but they don't .

      from the book "the indigo children" by lee carroll and jan tober
      pg.23 bottom
      They list the following characteristics to help you identify whether your child is gifted:
      has high sensitivity
      has excessive amounts of energy
      bores easily - may appear to have a short attention span
      requires emotionally stable and secure adults around him/her
      will resist authority if it's not democratically oriented
      has particular ways of learning, particularly in reading and math
      may become easily frustrated because they have big ideas but lack the resources or people to assist them in carrying out these tasks to fruition
      learns from an exploratory level, resisting rote memory or just being a listener
      cannot sit still unless absorbed in something of their own interest
      is very compassionate; has many fears such as death and loss of loved ones
      if they experience failure early, may give up and develop permanent learning blocks

      is this your son? check out the book. it's so interesting!

  25. QUESTION:
    How to teach the children to identify emotions?
    plan and carry out activity with the children,where you create and explore a list of developmentally relevant emotion.

    • ANSWER:
      I have two books in mind that may be helpful.
      1. Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis (kindergarten -grade 3)
      2.The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (grade 4 and up)

      My daughter has used these books to teach about feelings.The pictures illustrate the mood and the text tells about the emotions.The illustrations can be used to ask the children what the person was feeling.I hope these help

      You could also do charades to act out a feeling and have the children guess what the feeling is.
      Followup activity ...each student has the outline of head on a sheet of paper.Above the head you could ask" Today I Feel ? " Below the head would be a few lines for the student to say how they feel and why they feel that way. I.E. Today I'm ____________ because ______________( eg.Today I'm happy because it is my birthday.) If the sheet is laminated you could reuse the sheets.

  26. QUESTION:
    Where do I get information about the US education system?
    I have twin boys and want to look at my options for preschool care, and also to know when they can go to school, if there is financial help available etc. I am originally from the UK and while I understand the education system there I am totally bewildered by the way things are here. I can't even find a 'Department of Education' under my local government phone listing, so who do I need to talk to?

    • ANSWER:
      In the US, each state runs the education for that state, so when you do your search, add the name of the state you live in to your keywords. Also, states are divided up into districts, and usually each district has it's own website. So really, you need to find out what school district you live in to get the specifics, at least about public schools. I know things are a little different in the UK, but in the US, public school is free and is available to all kids. Private schools are available, and they are usually tied to a religion. You also have the option to home school if you want, and some states have other alternatives (the state I live in has something called charter schools which are kind of a combination of public and private).

      As for entering your boys in preschool, these are not public (well, for most ages - I'll elaborate more). Typically, you find preschools through a childcare facility - there are major chain operations andlocally owned facilities, but people also run them out of their homes - simply look "childcare" up in the phone book. A lot of public school districts are beginning to offer preschool to children who meet certain requirements, usually based on low-income, not knowing English, and/or having a disability. It would not hurt to ask your local school district (more on that coming). Childcare facilities begin taking children at 6 weeks of age and do not take children over the age of 12 (this can also vary by state, just a guideline). Not all childcare facilities have "preschool" but all are required to offer educational activities, but these can vary widely.

      In the US children typically go to Kindergarten starting at age 5, so preschool is before that age, and grade levels begin after Kindergarten. Many states do not require children to attend school until 1st grade, and at this point it is the law, otherwise you and your child can be charged with truancy (unless enrolled at private school or homeschooling). But even though Kindergarten may not be required, it is likely to be offered by you local school district - something else you need to check into.

      Call the city hall or chamber of commerce in the town you live in and find out what public school district you live in - get a phone number and possibly a website. This will get you started. All districts have an age requirement/restriction. For example, the one I live in says that children must be age 5 by September 1st to enroll in Kindergarten (kids younger go to pre-k). You district will let you know. They will tell you what kind of paperwork you need to enroll your kids in school - typically birth certificate, shot records, and a social security card.

  27. QUESTION:
    What do you look for in a Kindergarten program?
    As a parent, what are your lists of "must haves" when you decide on a kindergarten in a certain school?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I'm not a parent, but I am certified to be a preschool teacher. A good classroom should have a wide variety of learning tools and seperate stations. There should be an art station, a "circle time" (small carpeted area where children sit in front of a chalkboard and learn lesson plans), an outdoor play area, a science station with things such as sand and water or simple science experiments for kids to play in. There should be an area for quiet reading and building blocks, etc. around. Kids learn through playing with developmental toys.

      The classroom should also be non-bias, meaning there are pictures and books about people of all races and ethnicities. It also should be open of gender (i.e. pics of male nurses and female firefighters)

      Hope this helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to homeschool a kindergartener?
    like as far as planning what to teach each day should i teach one letter and one number each week and then the next move on to another...also what all do you teach and how much should be taught in one day/week. I have read that adding subtracting and time and money are all introduced in kindergarten??? I thought that was all in first grade. Please help!!! I need lots of advice please thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Relax. Kindergarten isn't supposed to be very academically rigorous. It's supposed to gently introduce formal learning and study skills to a child. Don't stress over trying to cover everything perfectly that's "supposed" to be covered in your list. I usually spent less than 2 hours doing school for kindergarten, and of that only about half an hour was from workbooks or other formal learning materials. The rest of the time we played learning games such as naming and sorting things of different shapes, colors, and sizes along with counting games. We made an alphabet book using the letter of the day after we started the Learning to Read program. Time and money is usually covered first or second grade. It may be lightly introduced as kindergarten, but is not important.

      For workbooks I first used a set called the ABC Readiness Series available from Christian Light Education for my daughter's kindergarten last year. There are 6 workbooks and a Bible story book in the set for .95. They are very basic but still teach the basics like alphabet, numbers,.putting things in order, matching, following lines, etc. Usually the child will do an activity then color the page. Both my kids really enjoyed doing them. If your child completes this set there is another set of 3 available. There is no set order the workbooks need to be completed in so you can jump around and do as many or as few pages as you feel are appropriate each day.

      After finishing the ABC Series toward the middle of last year, my daughter started CLE's Learning to Read. It has a teacher guide with everything laid out including answers so it is very easy to teach. We finished the first half of that program last year and will complete it along with the rest of their first grade program this year. Learning to Read is designed for the first half of first grade because they don't have a regular kindergarten study (other than the ABC series), but can be split up into 2 years like I did. This allows more flexibility and you can spend longer on any lessons that may be causing difficulty, especially early on. CLE even offers a course for parents in how to teach phonics using their program. I'd highly recommend it, even if you decide to use another program.

      I've also used Abeka K-4 and K-5, but would not recommend them. They require a lot of time, parent involvement, and prep. They are very academically challenging with a lot of seat work and busy work. It caused my son to hate school to the point of daily tears. Since we switched to CLE he's loving school again. CLE is still academically sound, but has a greater variety of activities and much more gentle. Definitely much less stress for us both with CLE. He's now going into 4th grade still happy with CLE. I wish I had started my son in Christian Light instead of Abeka. It's so much easier to teach and less stressful for all of us. I did supplement both programs some with Bob Books for variety.

      For math I used Math-U-See Primer for both my kids in kindergarten. This system uses blocks and a workbook. It teaches basic counting and number recognition then moves into simple addition and finally time. They first watch a short video that introduces the lesson then do workbook pages. Each lesson has 3 practice pages and 3 review pages. You can do as many or as few as needed to ensure understanding. My son only did 1 or 2 pages but my daughter insists on doing all 6 of them even though she understands after the first few pages like he did. There are 30 lessons.

      I liked Math-U-See because they use the same blocks for all their levels from kindergarten through calculus. They don't have to keep switching manipulatives like they do with Saxon's math program. Nor do they have to do math every day. We usually do math 2-3 times a week. Typically the first day was the new lesson page and the second (and third if needed) were review page(s).

      I did not do much for kindergarten other than beginning reading, writing, and math. I didn't want to overload my kids. Those 3 are the most important. Everything else will be slowly added later as their attention span increases in the next few years. Kindergarten should be fun, not stressful. They are still young children after all.

  29. QUESTION:
    Do anyone know about any website for children in kindergarten or !st grade that has actual stories for them?
    Im looking for a website that my daughter can read books on that are free. not anything to buy but just to read. let me know if you do please.

    • ANSWER:
      there are tons of books listed here in its links:
      http://www.e-book.com.au/freebooks.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    Is guilt an ethical tool to get people to give money to a worthwhile cause?
    My son who is in kindergarten came home with his "wish list" of books he saw at a school book fair. These books are all priced higher then they are at the store because the extra is going to buy new books for the school library.
    Where I question the ethics is that my son thinks these are the books he is getting, not simply asking for. So either I have to buy these books or feel guilty about disappointing my son.
    Do the people that plan this ever acknowledge this is the tactic they are using or do they justify it somehow?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure charitable organizations knowingly capitalize on the guilt feelings of prospective givers.
      They most likely think that their "noble" ends justify their less than noble means.
      And that's how and why the term "compassion fatigue" got started.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does someone know any good books for children 2 to 5?
    Just looking for titles of good books that my 2 and a half year old daughter would like. Anyone have suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a list of several that have remained in our collection even though my child has moved on from them.. I still love them.

      The Rainbow Fish-good moral story
      Frog and Toad are Friends-series of short stories by Arnold Lobel
      I promise I'll find you-Heather Patricia Ward
      Tikki Tikki Tembo-(an old favorite) by Arlene Mosel
      Are you my mother? by P.D. Eastman
      The Best Nest by P.D Eastman
      There was an old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

      also there is a book called "By the Lake" which might be by P.D Eastman, which has catchy, rythmic lines that you inevitably recite and are fun for children. Many of the Dr. Seuss books are fun also.

      When my son went to Kindergarten, the parents were read this book before releasing our children for their first day. I remember that I cried and cried, and immediantely went on Amazon to order it.. its' called The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, where the characters are racoons.

      Some of the books that I provided are just to let a child know of similiar situations where Moms/animal moms deeply love their children. These stories are relatively short, and also have many of the words used for basic sentence structure. Great illustrations in all the books stated.

      I hope this helps! If you have to buy 1 book, try The Kissing Hand. I still have my copy today, :o )

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you Know about the book A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin?
    I read the book but I'm not sure if I'm right about some of these questions and some of them I do not know!
    *Genre
    *Awards
    *Characters
    *Setting
    *Point of view
    *Theme
    *Plot
    *Info about the author

    Even if you don't know all of them just answer some.
    I really need help and the person with the most info wins 10 points!

    • ANSWER:
      General Fiction is the genre/ Realistic Fiction
      The award is Newbery Award
      Characters are Hattie elderly boarder, the friendly cook, her artist father,her grandmother,Uncle Adam Lucille Ball.
      Setting ins a 1950s setting
      The point of view is from Uncle Adam I think.
      The theme is I think that means genre too.
      Plot:Martin (Belle Teal; the Baby-Sitters Club series) hints at a life-changing event from the first paragraph of this novel narrated by a perceptive and compassionate 12-year-old, and set in the summer of 1960. Hattie Owen had been anticipating a summer as comfortably uneventful as all the others ("I just want things all safe and familiar," she admits), helping her mother run their boarding house, painting alongside her artist father and reading "piles" of books. Then Uncle Adam (whom Hattie never knew existed) makes a surprise entrance, turning everything upside-down. Hattie's mother says that Uncle Adam has "mental problems." Hattie's grandparents act embarrassed whenever he is around, and her peers laugh at him. The author authentically conveys the ripples Adam sends through this small town. The heroine is continually amazed by his outlandish antics, moved by his sudden mood changes and secretly wonders if she and Adam might be kindred spirits. Hattie finds adventure and tragedy as well as enlightenment as she "lifts the corners of [her] universe" in order to better understand Adam. With characteristic tenderness and wisdom, the author portrays the complex relationship between the sympathetic heroine and her uncle ("I feel a little like his baby-sitter, a little like his mother, not at all like his niece, and quite a bit like his friend"). Readers will relate to Hattie's fear of being as "different" as Adam, and will admire her willingness to befriend an outcast. Hearts will go out to both Hattie and Adam as they step outside the confines of their familiar world to meet some painful challenges.

      Info on the author: Makes Children's and Young Adult Literature books,The Baby-sitters Club
      List of The Baby-sitters Club books

      The Kids in Ms. Colman's Class
      Teacher's Pet
      Valentine's Day
      Class Play
      Second Grade Baby
      Snow War
      Twin Trouble
      Science Fair
      Halloween Parade
      Holiday Time
      Spelling Bee
      Baby Animal Zoo

      California Diaries
      Dawn
      Sunny
      Maggie
      Amalia
      Ducky
      Sunny, Diary Two
      Dawn, Diary Two
      Maggie, Diary Two
      Amalia, Diary Two
      Ducky, Diary Two
      Dawn, Diary Three
      Sunny, Diary Three
      Maggie, Diary Three
      Amalia, Diary Three
      Ducky, Diary Three

      Main Street =
      Welcome to Camden Falls (2007)
      Needle and Thread (2007)
      'Tis the Season (2007)
      Best Friends (2008 !!)

      Other books
      Bummer Summer (1983)
      Inside Out (1984)
      Stage Fright (1984)
      Me and Katie (the Pest) (1985)
      With You and Without You (1986)
      Missing Since Monday (1987)
      Just a Summer Romance (1987)
      Slam Book (1987)
      Ten Kids, No Pets (1988)
      Yours Turly, Shirley (1988)
      Ma and Pa Dracula (1989)
      Eleven Kids, One Summer (1991)
      Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-off (1992)
      Leo the Magnificat (1996)
      P.S. Longer Letter Later (1998) (with Paula Danziger)
      Snail Mail No More (2000) (with Paula Danziger)
      The Doll People (2001) (with Laura Godwin)
      Belle Teal (2001)
      A Corner of the Universe (2002; named 2003 Newbery Honor book)
      The Meanest Doll in the World (2003) (with Laura Godwin)
      Here Today (2004)
      A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray (2005)
      On Christmas Eve (2006)
      My lovely puppy (2008)
      are some books she made.
      Ann Matthews Martin (born August 12, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey) is an American author of children's and young adult books, most notably the The Baby-sitters Club series.

      She graduated from Smith College in 1978 with a double major in psychology and elementary education, later becoming a teacher and then an editor of children's books. Her first book was Bummer Summer, published in 1983. Ideas from Martin's books came from personal experiences, including her own babysitting as a child.

      Martin lives in Hudson Valley, New York. According to the biographical blurb in the back of the Baby-Sitters Club books, she "likes ice cream and I Love Lucy, and hates to cook."

      In 1990, she created the Ann M. Martin Foundation, which provides grants to causes benefiting children, education/literacy programs, and homeless people and animals.

      Hope this helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    Should young poets pay attention to what old poets say?
    From Poet's Kindergarten
    by Elaine P

    The tired old poet
    ignites the spark
    hidden deep in the hearts
    of young would-be poets.

    He fans the flame
    with the breath of his words
    until their scibblings become poetry,
    traveling beyond the atmosphere.
    It seems to have posted twice. Ignore the second posting.

    • ANSWER:
      I was a young poet once.

      I went out of my way to pay attention to nobody.

      I stopped reading at the age of 23. I had decided to become a writer. I did not want my ideas to be originated or influenced by other people's work.

      At the age of 37, I published an essay and five songs.

      That was when I started reading again, after gaining confidence in my abilities.

      After 9-11, I made a long list of books and papers to read: The Koran; the Dead Sea Scrolls; Venerable Bede; Hammurabi's Code; A History of God; The Case for Christ; a Brief History of Time.

      I have not finished the Hawking, yet.

      I started writing poetry again last year. I have written almost 600 poems since June of 2007. I have published 1 poetry compilation and am working on 3 more, including a book of my own work. I have a novel underway and have published a dozen new essays.

      I would say that paying attention to nobody, at a certain point in a writing sojourn, was a good idea...

      Richard Brotbeck

  34. QUESTION:
    Can someone make a list of activities and songs for kindergartens in Thailand?
    I need some topics for my kindergartens in Thailand with less than basic English speaking ability.

    • ANSWER:
      Get Crafty with Preschoolers
      Arts and Crafts Activities for Preschoolers
      Learning Activities for Preschoolers
      Indoor Rainy Day Activities for Preschoolers
      Super Goop
      Bubble Painting
      Tissue Art Activity for Kids
      What s Missing? Memory Game
      Name-Spelling Game
      Picture a Story
      Listening Game
      Indoor Treasure Hunt Game
      Carpet Raceway
      Newspaper Golf
      Word Recognition
      My Name
      Wooden Spoon People
      Paper Towel Art
      Find the Letter
      Beanbag Toss
      Whose Ear Is This?
      Language Play
      Eyedropper Painting
      Fishing Activity
      Play City
      Fruit and Vegetable Printing
      Preschooler Activity: Pretend Fishing
      Memory Game
      Simon Says: Follow Directions
      Rainbow Fan
      Cut-Out Alphabet Puzzle for Toddlers and Preschoolers
      Red Light/Green Light
      Hotter/Colder
      One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
      People, Places, and Things
      Animal Charades
      Connect-the-Dots Alphabet
      Finger-Paint Prints
      Marble Painting for Preschoolers
      Hand Drawings
      Silly Questions
      Alphabet Playdough
      Playdough Printing
      Growing Plants
      Torn Tissue Design
      Where Do We Live?
      Cloud Watching
      Alphabet Book
      X s and O s
      Play with Boxes
      Hide and Seek
      Sugar Cube Sculpture
      Circle Dances
      Cutting and Pasting Activities
      Comparing Weight: Lighter or Heavier
      Scribble Drawing
      Pillow Throw
      Shoe Trail

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the best books to start you preschooler out reading?
    She knows all her letters, but its time to start moving into reading. She can pick out words like mom, dad, no etc

    • ANSWER:
      In the beginning readers section of the bookstore or even places like Target, you'll see books like "Step Into Reading" or "Dive into Reading" these are books that start at a pre-kindergarten level and go up to 2-3rd grade. They are very good because they often have great stories, are simple and kids can relate to the message even at an early age. Some are even non-fiction.

      One of my favorites is Balto but there are literaly hundreds of these book. They typically will have sight words, some of them have cards in the book with the sight words on them so that you can continue to drill your child on their new vocabulary and you can get a variety of subjects, manner, new siblings, flowers, summer, dentist, doctor the list is endless.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages of owning a pencil?
    I'll give the best answer to whoever gives me the most interesting list.

    • ANSWER:
      -You have something to write with!
      -It's erasable, unlike those frustrating permanent pens. :P
      -It lets you make mistakes.^
      -They're really fun to sharpen.
      -You can sketch with them.
      -When nervous, you can chew on it!
      -And they're mostly made of natural stuff, unlike pens = plastic.
      -It's there when you spontaneously have an idea for a book, story, song, letter, poem, WHATEVER!
      -Sophisticated hair decor.
      -It's fun to bounce them a million times, if they have an eraser at the end.
      -Fresh sharpened pencils smell good. :]
      -It means you're at least prepared for math class!
      -They let you fill out scantrons for school tests (boo) so you don't fail! (win)
      -Pointy objects come in handy, like pushing the reset button on machines, etc. Or, a pair can be used has tweezer-like things to pick up something you don't want to touch, i.e. dead bug, or chopticks!
      -Good pointers for keeping your spot during reading, presenting a graph, and more!
      -Bookmark
      -If you have leftover ribbon or string, keep it by rolling it around a pencil!
      -Shove it in a hole if they're a small leak.
      -In times of anger and stress, pencils are easily broken to relieve you of anger and stress.
      -Then they are easily fixed with duct tape.
      -Easy distraction/entertainment in boring classes.
      -Its longness can help you reach for something you dropped in a narrow space.
      -Great for doodling!
      -You have something that has only been slightly altered/modified since first introduced in the 16th century! (Graphite pencils)
      -With a pencil, you can write in zero gravity, underwater, and upside down. :]
      -With one trusty pencil, it leads a long life accomplishing 45,000 words. Or, run a line drawing to a nearby town, because it can draw a line 35 miles long before it dies!
      -Probably the first thing you learned to write with. Remember those thick Ticonderoga ones in kindergarten?!
      -You would own the basic equipment issued to Union soldiers during the Civil War.
      -In times of danger, you can defend yourself with it, and maybe scar the victim, but not poison him, because pencils do not contain lead, but graphite and clay.
      -You can use another pencil to engrave writing onto your pencil! Or vice versa. Instant personalization. Not possible with the usual pen!
      -Usually you can order pencils with your name on it, cheaper than pens, so it helps you avoid confusion with your fellow peers' pencils.
      -Brag to your friends that you own a small replica of the World's Largest Pencil! http://www.pencilpages.com/gallery/largest.htm
      -You can put pencil grips on them to satisfy your writing comfort.
      -You would own 1/170,000th of an average tree. (That's right, one tree can make about 170,000 pencils!)
      -The traditional yellow color makes it easy to spot. That's why it's painted yellow!
      -You're using one of the 2 billion pencils used in the U.S. a year.
      -Use the soft eraser to stick pins and whatnot in.

  37. QUESTION:
    What preschool activities can I do to teach the concept of habitat?
    I'm having the zoo come next week and they're bringing some animals for the kids to see. The zoo said I needed to talk about habitat, air water, shelter, herbivore, carnivore, etc. before they come on Thursday. They typically do Kindergarten, but the program will be for my 3-5's. Do you know of any activities that would incorporate those terms to help them learn the concepts

    • ANSWER:
      Find some children's books that talk about where different animals live. After you read the book have the children talk about where they live, and where animals live. Introduce the word habitat and shelter as you discuss.
      Find some childrens' books that talk about what animals eat. After you read the book talk about what people eat and what animals eat. Introduce herbivore and carnivore (have them practice saying those words too).
      Here's a site that lists all kinds of children's books under a theme... hopefully you can find something to help you out!
      http://www.columbuslibrary.org/cmlpcbk/browseresults.cfm?searchterm=635

  38. QUESTION:
    If art teachers have to provide their own supplies, where do they get them from?
    Are they on their own to find a retail store where to purchase from? Or does the board have a list of suppliers that the board gets a discount from?

    • ANSWER:
      There's free websites you can go to that have free lesson plans, free templates that are printable.

      You can even do projects based on history, and combine it with english or poetry.

      for kindergarten-1st grade you can have them take random paper, or even newspapers, and have them take scissors and practice cutting.

      You can take 2nd and 3rd graders and have them practice doing line drawings, which topics that perhaps relate to somehting they are learning in class.

      4th and 5th grade can focus on textures, and how to blend colors?
      You can do this with watercolors, you can get them cheap at the dollarstore.. (you can write off up to 0 on your taxes for this).

      You create a worksheet where they try to do hatchwork in different shades.. lightest to dark..

      you can work with 6-8th grade on drawing realistics things, doing still drawings... teaching them about that genre...

      i mean, you can even check out books at the library, show videos of kinds of art to educate the older kids..

      Now, as far as suppliers, the school board may not want to pay for it through their own money unless it's an approved vendor, someone who gives the best prices... I'm not sure how helpful someone in the office will be with this, but they should be able to give you a few vendors. If not, then contact a few and ask if they are vendors, they should know too.

      Again, this is only if your school is spending the funds.
      If you do it, then it doesn't matter where you get it.

  39. QUESTION:
    What should a child know before starting kindergarten?
    My daughter will be starting school next September, and I just want to know what she should know, or be able to do by the time she starts? What is expected of a new student?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few basics that any Kindergarten teacher would be pleased to see in a child starting out:

      1. Numbers 1-20 at least. Identification, counting aloud and counting using objects of some kind.

      2. Alphabet. It is nice to hear a child say it aloud, but that alone doesn't mean the child knows the alphabet. Identification of the letters is far more significant. It would also be great if the child also knew some of the sounds as well.

      3. How to write his/her name and recognize it. Very important! So many new K'ers don't know this!

      4. Colors and shapes. Most children at this point know their colors and shapes, but I'll mention it anyway.

      5. How to use scissors and glue. Amazingly, some K'ers come to school that first day and have never used scissors or glue! It takes a lot of time away from other curricular activities for a teacher to teach these sorts of skills.

      6. Social skills!!! Social skills play a great role in how well a child does in school. Unfortunately, some come to school and grab onto mom's leg, refusing to be left alone for that first time. Being around other children prior to coming to school is important and really benefits the child. (You can often tell right away which have gone to a babysitter or childcare and which have only been around mom/dad for the first 5 years of their lives.) Social skills leads to sharing, basic communication, less shyness and timidity, ect.

      **Something else I'll mention. Reading is very important. No one expects a Kindergartener to come to school knowing how to read. It isn't a simple process. However, reading to your child on a regular basis increases their knowledge, verbal skills, love of books, attention span and even how quickly they may attempt (and be successful) at reading and writing.

      !!!!I have to add this! Someone posted that the academic stuff is the job of the teacher. Good parents know that they are their child's first (and most important) teacher! Learning doesn't have to be boring. In fact, skill and drill is terrible. Children learn from experiences that are hands-on and meaningful. Having the child help you sort things, such as ornaments before putting them on the tree or measuring out and preparing a cake, can help with basic math skills. The list goes on! Even teaching alphabet doesn't have to be boring. Use games, alphabet bingo, ect. The best students are those whose parents care enough to teach them and want to take the time to do so!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    What's the most effective way to learn French?
    to become fluent in a French.

    I went to a French immersion school, in grade school (kindergarten, to grade 8) so I have a bit of a base... I'd like to become fluent in the language. Enough to have a proper conversation, and express myself as freely as I do in English.

    • ANSWER:
      take classes
      add french ppl to your msn list and talk to them in the language (many language exchange forums online)
      buy/get @library books secondary/high schools work with
      books I strongly recommend: French for dummies, French verbs for dummies
      listen to French music (Vita, Carla Bruni, Skyz,...)
      put your audio in French when watching a movie (with french/english subtitles)

      expensive but VERY effective: buy language software like Rosetta Stone or Tell me more (french for beginners e.g.)

  41. QUESTION:
    can i get a kindergarten yearbook from 1997?
    I want to get a yearbook from a small town public school from when I was in kindergarten from 1996-1997..is this even possible?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple different ways to find a yearbook, first of course... have you asked the teacher in charge of the yearbook? usually if they have extras from a year they go into storage and the teacher would be able to find you one. On the other hand the company they ordered the year book from may have kept a copy on record you could try calling them and asking for it. You could also check the library, either in the school or in the nearest public library. I doubt they would be displayed but there may be a copy put up somewhere for records. if nothing else you could ask around from people who were in school that year. if not in the kindergarten class you could probably find the list of seniors that year and get their numbers from the phone book, They probably won't be willing to sell it but you could make a copy of the pages. and get them bound together.

  42. QUESTION:
    where can I get free samples of homeschooling my son going into kindergarten?
    we are thinking of homeschooling him and I want some sample work to know if we are up to the challenging. KWIM I think I am but I want to sample some. he would be in Kindergarten next year so I want kindergarten or preschool work. If you are homeschooling and would like to help me by email feel free its tonimckinney924@yahoo.com

    thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Be sure to look up the homeschooling laws in your state...each state gets to decide their education laws, so what works for you in Ohio is gonna change once you move to Georgia or for your buddy in Michigan.

      The next thing to realize is that there's a whole spectrum of what's called "homeschool." Some people sign up with an online version of public school; that s really technically not homeschool, since you're counted as public school student and you have to have regular contact with teachers, submit work and tests, etc. The dirty little secret here is that the school district gets to keep the federal funds for you, as you re a public school student this way. (Quite obviously, your school district will like this option best. Often when one queries the school as to the options available for homeschool, the school administrators will smile sweetly and mention just such an arrangement, conveniently omitting the rest of your options. This lie by omission quietly implies that this is the one and only way homeschooling is done. There s a quite a debate in the homeschooling community about whether or not this constitutes an effort by the educational bureaucracy to redefine the meaning of homeschool, and what effect that would have on legislation and regulation of more traditional homeschool. But I digress.)

      Other people may choose to buy materials from companies and enroll with online schools, but they're "independent" of the school districts, and they don't owe anyone a darned thing...their test scores (if any; few homeschoolers in the traditional sense are obligated to take state standardized tests) are their own business, as is the pace, order or depth at which they choose to go through the material.

      Other people make up their own curriculum, based on their own personal criteria. Some states want you to keep a portfolio of material to prove you're doing something there at home, other states want you to submit your curriculum for the year for approval, others may require testing that could send you back to public or private school if you fall below a particular percentile...just in case. Again, depends on the state.

      Still other people endorse what they call "unschooling," and they throw out all books and tests altogether and simply follow what interests them. (See the writings of John Holt, or Google "unschooling" for more on that theory of education.) A good book for anyone over 12 years old is The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, by Grace Llewellyn. Here s an excerpt:

      "Did your guidance counselor ever tell you to consider quitting school? That you have other choices, quite beyond lifelong hamburger flipping or inner-city crack dealing? That legally you can find a way out of school, that once you're out you'll learn and grow better, faster, and more naturally than you ever did in school, that there are zillions of alternatives, that you can quit school and still go to A Good College and even have a Real Life in the Suburbs if you so desire? Just in case your counselor never told you these things, I'm going to. That's what this book is for."

      Even if you don t hold with what the author has to say, the point of view she has is dramatically different and can be a great springboard to help you get in touch with what you believe school and learning should be like. As with many things, there s a wide spectrum of unschoolers, as well. Many of them have a certain set of concepts they want their kids to get and don t care HOW they get the information, while others take a much more laid-back approach and allow the student to set the list of concepts themselves...or not set one at all. All of these people will still consider themselves unschoolers.

      We personally use K12.com; you can request a demo account to check out the materials before you buy.

  43. QUESTION:
    for kindgergarten homeschooling what is an example of simple joining and separating situations?
    I am homeschooling my son and trying to work my way through the list of things that they should know in kindergarten. I need some ideas or examples of this: model simple joining and separating situations and represent them with objects , pictures, and /or numerals. what would be a good assignment for this for practice? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you throw out those books that tell you what kids should know in any given grade!
      Children learn at different ages, in different stages and will all eventually be able to read, write, do math, and "model simple joining and separating situations..."
      Understanding this and letting our children learn when they are ready is probably the most beautiful thing about home schooling.

  44. QUESTION:
    What type of items are your kids required to purchase for school?
    My children are expected to bring 1-3 boxes of Kleenex. Then depending on the kid several of following items: dry erase markers, hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, headphones and/or liquid hand soap. I know that school budgets are tight but so is my budget at home. These items add up quickly - we have four children.

    In addition to these janitoral items that we are expected to supply, the two middle school age children are required to have a seperate, new pair of shoes for gym class. Yes, I mean in addition to the new shoes that they bought with their back to school apparel.

    All of this expense seems excessive to me. Is this typical of all school districts or do I have reason to be upset by this?
    It is public school. I think if the janitoral list was a request instead a demand, I would be okay with sending some supplies. I just think it is crazy that I have sent almost in janitoral supplies to school in the last two days and my kindergartener hasn't even gone yet! Of course that is in addition to the shoe thing. We did by inexpensive shoes but even or multiplied times for four is a lot. I'm just really aggravated with the whole thing.

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I lived in some of the places in the other answers! For Pre K last yr my son had to have (among other things) 2 pkgs safety pins (he used about 7 the whole year) EXPO markers (yes, big emphasis on expo) 2 bxs of baby wipes, 1 box gallon bags, (girls had to bring 1 box quart bags) 6 glue sticks, and 1 bttl shaving cream. (girls brought zip lock bags)

      This yr for Kindergarten--(again, among other crap) 1 box 8 jumbo crayons, 1 box 16 regular crayons, 2 md size elmers glue, 10 lg glue sticks (are they sticking each other to the wall?) watercolors, 1 box quart zipper bags, 1 box gallon zipper bags, 2 boxes of 10 ct CLASSIC CRAYOLA (must, must, must) markers, 2 pkgs baby wipes, 1 bttl hand sanitizer (which Micah can only use sparingly, bc he has excema, and the alcohol drys his skin dreadfully) 1 pkg EXPO ONLY THIN TIP markers, and a backpack, plus we had to BUY a 5.00 book bag at the school. (fits one book, for their library days...wtf?) And of course some damn paper towels. Last yr he only needed 1 box of Kleenex, this year he needs 3. Most kids in Kindergarten just wipe their nose on their sleeves.

      I would understand if SOME of these supplies were needed for the kids in the state programs such as Headstart, (Pre K for lower income families) but hell, they're not required to buy ANYTHING. And there's no such program after PreK. So what the fu*k are all these supplies being used for? OK, OK, maybe some of these outrageous demands are for the kids in his class that can't afford ALL their supplies--but there are lots of school drives around our area where they give out FREE supplies. And with 20 kids in a class, even if only half bring all the things on the list, we're still looking at 100 damn glue sticks. Give me a break.

      Some friends in different states said that Micah's list sounded about like their kids' lists. So I guess it's normal in a lot of places. (I live in TX, btw) But I still think it's over the top and ridiculous. Plus, who knows how much money I'm going to be sending to school for the various events (field trips) and book fairs and parties this year?

      I think that they should let you have back the supplies you bought that your child didn't use at the end of the year.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best homeschool for my soon-to-be kindergartner?
    Hi. My child will be starting kindergarten in the fall. I am seriously considering home school. What are the best options? There seems to be a lot of academies and I don't know what to look for. We spend most of the year overseas and need something that would work with that. Please help! Thank you!!
    we are looking for a secular (non-religious) program. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Kindergarten is simplest done on your own. You can buy books that give you an overall skeleton to work within, such as Making the Grade: Everything your kindergartner needs to know http://www.amazon.com/Making-Grade-Everything-Kindergartener-Needs/dp/0764124757
      or even go to your average bookstore and find a book on "Complete Curriculum for kindergarten" or some such title--there are lots of inexpensive workbooks for kindergarten at bookstores and department stores--but those shouldn't be the main part of your curriculum. Mostly, though, kindergarten should be hands-on with a lot of focus on learning to read (by reading a wide variety of books and materials to the child, teaching phonics skills such as using the LeapFrog video series or the many toys put out by them, or using free websites such as http://www.starfall.com, and working on sight words--common words to memorize--look online for a list of Dolch sight words to find the words to work on and start at the beginning and move along), count, count money, and eventually add and subtract. Keep the learning light and fun. Do lots of things such as crafts, use science kits, grow plants, look at animals of all sorts around you, go on nature walks and explore the world around you, experiment to figure out which things float and which sink, how colors mix, and so on. It should be a time of fun and reading, playing board games and outdoor games and reading to the child, doing crafts, pretending, and reading to the child.

      Some people like the free letter of the week program available online. I'm not sure if it's religious, though, as we never used it.

      You don't need a school or academy to prepare curriculum for you. Most kindergartners do best working at their own pace, getting lots of one-on-one time listening to a variety of books, and not following someone else's set plan.

      If you really want a prepared curriculum, though, try reading the reviews on http://www.homeschoolreviews.com to see what lots of other homeschoolers like (or don't).

  46. QUESTION:
    Why are the following books on the ALA top 100 banned/challenged books?
    - the Junie B. Jones series
    -The Giver
    -Bridge To Terabithia
    -The Great Gilly Hopkins
    it doesnt make sense to me that these books are on the list .what is wrong with them?

    • ANSWER:
      Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peaky Spying doesn't promote family values. Junie B. is obnoxious, talks back, calls other kids names...basically acts like the kindergartener she is.

      The Giver appalls some people with its portrayal of pill popping, suicides and lethal injections (releasing).

      Bridge to Terabithia has death as a central theme and frequent use of the word 'lord' not in prayer.

      The Great Gilly Hopkins contains curse words and takes God's name in vain.

      In other words, narrow minded Bible thumpers can find fault with almost anything. The only one I ever had trouble with was Junie B. Jones, simply because it's aimed at really young kids, kindergarten and 1st grade, and the grammar isn't teaching them anything. I got around that by reading it aloud to my kids and letting them pick out the bad grammar :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Question for moms and dads who work full time?
    Do you ever have days where you have no energy left? Do you ever just want to sit on the couch and let your little one play with toys or watch TV?

    I work 8 to 4 and some nights I don't feel like doing anything. I feel like I'm a bad mom when I don't have energy to play or read 5 books to my son. Quitting my job is not an option right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Letting your child play independently is a growing experience for him. It teaches him self motivation. If he is bored, he will find another toy. You do not have to hand him a new toy, or structure every minute of his playtime.

      You will be glad, in the long run, that you allowed him to learn to play independently, it makes for a kid who is independent, who knows to go find his school supplies and do his homework, who knows he needs to go play outside, makes the choice to do so, and does it. Makes for a kid that does not need Mom right there to nag and nag. My Mom went back to school when I was 6, and got a job. Unheard of in that age and time, she was the only working Mom in our entire neighborhood. I already knew how to play by myself, my parents after about age 3 did not play with me anymore, but this would have forced the issue.

      My Mom taught me to read at a very early age, long before kindergarten. I was reading the local newspaper at age 4, and not just the funnies, either. My parents gave me the skills to read, gave me a quiet environment to read in, set the example that reading the paper was what we do in the evening, as well as having a family dinner and watching the news, and turned me loose. But this did have one bad side, it put me in competition to get at the newspaper, my parents had to share it!

      And the skills they give me are still with me. I love to read! Love, love it! I always have a book open, waiting for me to take time out and read. In third grade, I was reading novels and biographies mysteries, things on the best seller list. So was my Mom. She got tired of dragging me weekly to the library and the Bookmobile, getting her 10 or so books for herself for the week, and having to pretend the other ten were for herself and not for me, goodness forbid a 3rd grader was reading books that adults read! She talked the Book Mobile lady into giving me an adult library card. And know that romance novels back in the 1960s were squeaky clean, it was just assumed by the reader that Olivia and Bradford ended up in the bedroom after that kiss. No more "Susie and the Ballet Horse", and "The Hardy boys" for Rivers! And off the subject, but my parents never limited what I could read, The Grapes of Wrath, the Naked Ape, Portnoy's Complaint, all read in high school, and two of those actually purchased by Mom. She believed in an uncensored education. Mom, though she did not know it herself then, was a suffragette, believing that women could be intellectuals, hold down professional jobs, and thus be independent and not needing a man, long before the woman's movement of the 1960s. She would have laughed at that, and told us that she would not have been burning her bra anyway, since she really did not need to wear one. Mom in her later years was skinny, the use of a bra was to demonstrate morality and modesty, not hold anything up.
      You could believe that your son can learn the skills to entertain himself now, and learn things independently of you later. A self-motivated young adult gets a scholarship, goes to college, and gets a profession. A non-self motivated young adult sits around the house and smokes weed and lets his Mom cook and clean for him.

      So, want your kid to read at a college level in the 2nd grade? Don't wait for your school system to teach him, mine did, but that was the 1960s. Buy books, use the public library, help him to read, use what time you have to share books with him. Empower him to go pick out his own books, and sit and quietly read them. Make books available to him, and sit down and read one yourself, or at least thumb through a magazine. Set the example. Free him for an independent life, away from you. His teachers will thank you, too. Do themes. for example, take him to the zoo, talk to him about the animals. See which one he thinks is neat. Buy him a book about it. My parents used their vacation every year to drag me all over the USA to see the sites. We toured manufacturing plants, attended nature lectures, and soaked up every little bit of knowledge available on our trips.

      Don't feel guilty about being tired, kids understand way more than we think they do. Use your non-tired time to enrich his intellect. And do not feel guilty about the TV, just find shows and programs that enrich him! Pop a movie in the VCR. Research some old disney TV and movie programs. Davy Crocket TV shows are still available. What a role model, carved his life out of the wilderness!

      good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it important to have the latest and greatest hardware and software?
    Or can most get a long with computers from 3-5 yrs ago?
    and how many use all the bells and whistles at there command?
    better yet how many know of the bells and whistles they paid for?

    • ANSWER:
      When I have to use the power of all the technology to create a special project, I usually "rent" the equipment now--years ago this wasn't possible, but now, with so many changes happening at once, it makes more sense to rent. For games, some people need the top of the line--but I rather put my money in food pantries, clothes and jobs for those really hurting in these times. I remember paying 5 grand for a computer that my iTouch does now! We really should write up a list of what we really need a computer for, like the disabled, need JAWS software, but can get a refurbished computer with the software for 0 through the blind organizations. Software for the dyslexic and legally blind, or those with MS or MD, etc., they can apply for loans to get a computer that can keep them in contact with the outside world, write or read books, and even dictate their great novel or tv script--or just do their homework. Even textbooks are on CD now--and the cost is so much cheaper than even a year ago. The gov't helps with special players and recordings for students from kindergarten to law school and even books for med students that are blind and are on the psychologist or psychiatrist track. Yet, there are many poor or almost poor kids that need the computers to become their tutors to get through just the regular stuff--so I try to get programmers and hardware companies to put aside funding to help a lot of kids that need help and are alone. At least you can get MacSpeech or VoiceOver for the Macs, and Dragon for PCs. The 3rd gen. iTouch has voiceover too. Kids really need very little to get the enjoyment of a few games plus learn their 3 Rs. I donate used software & books to be recorded--we all should. Don't forget to donate real books to the local libraries too--as they have no new budgets for books.

      If your business really requires heavy duty computing, like for security, IT research, video recording or even music mixes --- then you might have to go for the bigger bucks. But the average techy just drools for the latest and greatest, but if they have to make do, they work together to make a machine that can do basically all the great things they need without having to skip meals to finance a home network.

  49. QUESTION:
    What changes have taken place in the school education from before to now?
    I want to basically know that how schooling was when our parents studied in the school and what are the changes that have occurred now? With the introduction of CCE, many things have changed. Earlier schools used to be completely study oriented and now they are co-curriculars oriented. So, it is surely a contrasting image.

    • ANSWER:
      Career based is very strong now. Our mothers/grandmothers weren't pushed to discover a "career" like the students are pushed now. From Kindergarten on, career ed. is part of the curriculum. Teaching little ones all about careers, what education is needed to have a certain career, and the duties, salary and work performance is taught from sixth grade one. Interest inventories are very, very popular and are used at several times during a child's education.

      Health occupations-a student can take three or four high school courses, do service hours in a hospital or doctor's office and be ready for a medical career. Some course may even be accepted as alevel one course in local community colleges. The health occupations room is complete with blood pressure, hospital beds...

      A school in Charleston is so career oriented, one "engineering class" sponsored by Boeing (which recently built a plant there) teaches students how to operate on huge engines. It is open for the entire county-not just the high school. After going to this class for two years, go to local tech school for same subject, Boeing will hire after two years. Great incentive.

      Technology!!! Mothers/grandmothers learned how to type on a real keyboard on a big typewriter with a return cylinder. This was one year in middle school. That was it unless you signed up for Business Education and had business courses in high school. We have computer activity from Kindergarten on. The state in which I live expect keyboard proficiency before you can graduate. That may fall by the wayside one day when they realize some children can peck as fast as using the traditional
      asdf/jkl;.

      Sex education was never even discussed, now there are classes dealing with abstinence as birth control. As early as sixth grade, students learn the reproductive system and how a baby is conceived.

      Can you imagine having a mobile phone being used in the class? Some schools are having their students bring their Iphone or supply Iphone to certain classes to use during the class.

      From high school on, and it may begin in high school, almost all college professors use emails as communication with their students. Students also email their assignments to the professors instead of printing and copying them to turn in. This has changed in the past five-ten years.

      Standardized tests can be analyzed to tell the school exactly which reading book a child should use to help their reading. They have what they call "lexiles" and five students may have , say 151 lexile, which also includes a list of books. The student can begin with these because that is where he has the mastery. Maybe seven have a 201 lexile. They have another set of books due to their mastery. They can move up and on.

      Students learn how to write, compose, direct the school news now with cameras, microphones They can put on a whole news show for the school to see. They can create minute videos with service messages-like be sure to keep your ID available, report bullying,...etc....

      Phones in the class for teachers to pick up immediately if there is a problem.
      Students can use this to call home for emergencies.

      Teachers have "smart boards/prometheum boards". These boards are interactive-students can play games with them/do language arts/math on the boards. No erasers/no chalk-special pens write and erase.

      Healthy food-cafeterias have to now with nutrition awareness and obesity more prevalent.

      Recycling centers in the school.

  50. QUESTION:
    Has there ever been a greater ambassador to any professional sport, than Arthur Ashe was to tennis?
    I've been reading a lot about him, and the guy was amazing. He definitely deserves to have Arthur Ashe stadium named after him. He led an amazing life, and was a remarkable man. Can you think of anyone that has been a greater amabassador to any sport than Arthur Ashe was to tennis?

    • ANSWER:
      Ya, Ashe has been one of the greatest ambassadors of the modern game. A true hero.
      There has been many great ambassadors in various sports. Jordan to Basketball. Pele and Weah to football. But non can hold a candle to Ashe for what he has done for social causes.

      Honors
      After Ashe's death, his body lay in State at the Governor's Mansion in his home state of Virginia. The last time this was done was for Stonewall Jackson of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
      The city of Richmond posthumously honored Ashe's life with a statue on Monument Avenue, a place that was traditionally reserved for statues of key figures of the Confederacy. This decision led to some controversy in a city that was the capital of the Confederate States during the American Civil War.
      The Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2005.The main stadium at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, where the U.S. Open is played, is named Arthur Ashe Stadium in his honor. This is also the home of the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day.
      In 2002, Arthur's achievement at Wimbledon in 1975 was voted 95th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.
      In 2005, the United States Postal Service announced the release of an Arthur Ashe commemorative postal stamp, the first stamp ever to feature the cover of a Sports Illustrated magazine.
      Also in 2005, TENNIS Magazine put him in 30th place in its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.
      His wife wrote a book, Daddy and Me, a photographic journey told from the perspective of his young daughter. Another book, Arthur Ashe and Me, also gives young readers a chance to learn about his life.
      ESPN's annual sports awards, the ESPY Awards, hands out the Arthur Ashe for Courage Award to a member of the sports world who best exhibits courage in the face of adversity.
      Philadelphia's Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center and Richmond's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Athletic Center are named for Ashe.
      The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center at Ashe's alma mater, UCLA, is named for him. The center opened in 1997.
      In Henrico County, Virginia (adjacent to Richmond), an elementary school in his honor was opened in the fall of 1994 as Henrico County's first volunteer uniform school,[clarify] with grades kindergarten through five, a PEDD program, and a Head Start program.

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