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Kindergarten Confidence and Being Kind in Two Delightful Picture Books to Start the New School Year

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Self-Confidence for Going to Kindergarten

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Challenges for Entering Kindergarten Need Self-Confidence

Welcome to kindergarten and the start of an exciting milestone! Derrick Barnes' The King of Kindergarten is a good choice for introducing your young reader to the idea that being confident is an important skill to be learned. Read along with this delightful little boy as he prepares for the day ahead. His mom has already planted the idea that he can be "king of the kindergarten class". So brush your teeth, wash your face, and choose your best outfit to get ready to be a star. How about some pancakes for breakfast? The teacher is ready to welcome everyone as they come through the classroom door. Everyone has a chance to tell their name. The teacher will explain the rules for your classroom. Shapes, the alphabet, and numbers will all be a part of the day. You should not be worried because Mom said that you would be the king of kindergarten. Choosing new friends to play with on the playground comes next. Who will you eat lunch with? Rest time is a nice break. Music time is fun! Wow! You made it through the first day!

Vanessa Brantley-Newton contributed her talents as an illustrator with brightly colored illustrations of all of the fun activities that come with kindergarten. The King of Kindergarten is recommended for ages 5-6 and has an ISBN of 978-1-5247-4074-0. It was published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin-Random House.

Brightly Colored Illustrations Tell the Story of Kindergarten

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Will You Be the One To Be Kind In Kindergarten?

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Being Kind to Everyone at Kindergarten Is An Important Skill

D.J. Steinbert's How to Be Kind in Kindergarten has come along to teach the important skill of kindness to everyone when your young child enters kindergarten. Welcome to kindergarten! Can you be the kid who is kind to everyone? Your young child might encounter a new friend who has a disability and sometimes needs help. Will she/he be the kid who is kind and helpful in kindergarten? Some new friends may be sad on the first day and will need to learn to be friendly. Will your child be kind to a new friend who is sad? Some children will be shy on the playground. How about being kind to someone who needs to be invited to join the play group when it is recess? Young children will certainly encounter diversity in their kindergarten class. Will your child be the kid who is kind to anyone who might be different? Learning to take turns and sharing are part of being kind in kindergarten. All of these skills are important for being successful in kindergarten.

Ruth Hammond contributed her talents as an illustrator to this pocket-size book for your kindergarten student to put in his/her backpack. Colorful illustrations help tell the story of how to be kind in kindergarten. How to Be Kind in Kindergarten is recommended for ages 5-6 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-22694-0. It was published by Grosset&Dunlap, a division of Penguin/Random House.

Kindness for Everyone Makes Kindergarten a Nicer Place

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Tips for Your Child's First Day In Kindergarten

These two picture books open the door to having conversations about what kindergarten will be like. It is a good idea to ask your child about any fears that they may have about going to kindergarten. The King of Kindergarten is a fun read to address any fears that your child might have. Let your child imagine what it would be like to feel important when they enter the door to their new classroom.

Engage you child in conversations about being kind to new friends. Notice that the first four letters in KINDERGARTEN are KIND.

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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