Guest Author - Michelle Anne Cope
I came across this book in my local library prominently displayed in the picture book section. What caught my attention was that it looked like a binder, something you would do work in homework. I wondered why it was near the picture books and after looking through it, I immediately understood its placement.
The picture books are a few feet away from the librarys homework help area. This book was perfect for a pre-kindergartner who was perhaps in the library waiting as a brother or sister was doing their own homework. My thought was indeed validated by a mother who was searching through books for the toddler at her side. She told me that she had checked out the binder and after working through the first section, bought a copy.
I checked the book out myself. After reading though the contents and doing the activities, I wanted to share my review with you.
Get Ready for School / Pre-K Edition
by Heather Stella
2016 Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Hachette Book Group
Spiral Bound: 9.6 x 1.5 x 11.2 inches
Recommended Supply List Pencils, crayons, stickers, glue and popsicle sticks.
Numbers & Counting
All About Me
Tracing this section provides practice for writing the letters: F, I, H, V, X, C, D, S, B, W, N, O, Q, E.
Alphabet games and puzzles to help in learning to write the entire alphabet and recognize letters alone, as well as in short words.
Numbers and Counting tracing exercises for the numbers 0 thru 20 as well as number identification activities.
Colors learning techniques to recognize yellow, blue, red, green, black, orange, purple, pink, brown and white.
Shapes tracing, drawing and recognition of triangles, stars, circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, hearts, and diamonds.
Science this section has activities for learning and studying the five senses, the four seasons, as well as types of weather. It also reviews the life cycle of plants and different categories of animals and insects.
Basic Concepts these pages provide an overview of things that are the same and/or different. It also teaches opposites, directions, and explains the difference in temperatures. There is also a refresher on shapes, and activities for identifying what objects go together.
All About Me this is a fun section about self facts, and for getting along with others. It covers sharing, please, thank you, being kind, as well as an introduction to the library.
My World in this section, there are worksheets about car safety, bicycle safety, stop signs and traffic lights.
Crafts there are six projects in this section. A caterpillar, butterfly, lion, dragonfly, jaguar and a snake to make.
*After the activities and study units, there is a list of suggested reading, an answer key, and a certificate of completion.
I gave this book a 5-star rating on Goodreads. The illustrations are beautiful, and the activities were fun and connected to each other throughout the book. I REALLY liked how it connected all of the work to reading and its importance. The suggested reading list at the end is very comprehensive for all types of books and subjects.
I checked this book out from the Parsons Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library for this review.
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