Welcome to Kindergarten by Bonnie Brown Walmsley, Debra Redlo Wing. A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning - Heinemann Publishing
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Welcome to Kindergarten

A Month-by-Month Guide to Teaching and Learning

By Bonnie Brown Walmsley, Debra Redlo Wing
Foreword by Lilian G. Katz

    All the basics are here, described in down-to-earth language and interesting detail, . . . as well as real inspiration to be engaged in one of the country's most important professions.
    —Lilian G. Katz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Coauthor of Engaging Children's Minds, Second Edition

From August planning to July reflection, Welcome to Kindergarten is a comprehensive resource that will give kindergarten teachers new insights. Noted teachers and presenters Bonnie Brown Walmsley and Debra Redlo Wing demonstrate how best practices and a student-centered focus can make the first year ...

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    All the basics are here, described in down-to-earth language and interesting detail, . . . as well as real inspiration to be engaged in one of the country's most important professions.
    —Lilian G. Katz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Coauthor of Engaging Children's Minds, Second Edition

From August planning to July reflection, Welcome to Kindergarten is a comprehensive resource that will give kindergarten teachers new insights. Noted teachers and presenters Bonnie Brown Walmsley and Debra Redlo Wing demonstrate how best practices and a student-centered focus can make the first year of school rewarding for kindergarteners, parents, and teachers.

The authors are experienced teachers, presenting you, in clear and direct language, with developmentally appropriate teaching themes throughout the school year as well as specific project topics that get kids interested and excited about learning. All the while, Walmsley and Wing address topics important to your classroom, including:

  • assessing literacy progress
  • meeting educational standards in a student-centered curriculum
  • building students' content-area knowledge
  • communicating meaningfully with parents
  • keeping useful records
  • making time for professional development.
From ideas about setting up your classroom, structuring play, and integrating art and music into lesson planning to invaluable resources like discographies and booklists that Walmsley and Wing have developed in their own classrooms, Welcome to Kindergarten gives you everything you need for effective organizing, communication, planning, and professional development.

Whether you are a full- or half-day kindergarten teacher, a veteran or a rookie, Walmsley and Wing are enthusiastic partners in helping you improve your teaching. Read Welcome to Kindergarten and foster joyful learning in your students-and in yourself.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Introductions: Starting the Journey
August: Starting Again
September: Ready, Set, Go
October: Getting to Know You
November: A Closer Look
December: A Time to Celebrate
January: New Year, New Horizons
February: Delving Deeper
March: Capable, Confident, and Constructive
April: Feeling Like a Family
May: Well on Their Way
June and July: Coming Full Circle
Appendix

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