Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day giveaway and other starting Kindergarten resources

Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

Do you have an incoming Kindergarten? Do you need ideas of getting your child ready for Kindergarten? I have six ideas for you!

What will you do with your son or daughter to get ready for Kindergarten? Please share!

1) Free Kindergarten Readiness Printable Book

I made this book for my son’s preschool both as a Kindergarten readiness book and as a special keepsake. I hope you have fun using it too!

Download my FREE printable book: My Book About Me

kindergarten readiness free ebook

2. Top 10 Diversity Starting School Books: Kindergarten and Preschool


3. Top 10 Starting School Books: Kindergarten and Preschool

4. Preparing for Kindergarten: Activities to Do with Your Child

This has a great list of activities including  fine motor, scissors, sensory, mid-line crossing, developing handwriting skills, ocular motor control, and  eye-hand coordination.  This article is by Loubina Buxamusa, an Occupational Therapist and Ann Mahoney, anEarly Childhood Specialist.

5. Learning to Tie Your Own Shoelaces

Not all Kindergarten teachers expect their students to be able to tie their own shoelaces but it does come in handy for the kids when they play sports. Here are two great posts for learning to tie a bow.

Tie bows for wreath project from Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers.

Shoes and learning to tie them from Growing Book by Book.


6. Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Shane Prigmore

Starting Kindergarten might seem like entering a strange new planet. It will take careful preparation to navigate this new and strange world! The commander gives the flight plan for the day at Planet Kindergarten and the journey begins:

  • Test conditions outside of our capsule (a.k.a. recess)
  • Capture images for our families  (a.k.a. drawing)
  • Consume space food (a.k.a. lunch)
  • Splashdown onto home planet (a.k.a. return home)

And the best part is that you get to do it again tomorrow! [picture book, ages 4 and up]


Planet Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day for starting Kindergarten

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Starting Kindergarten Picture Book of the Day giveaway and other starting Kindergarten resources

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  1. We are working on a LOT of fine motor!!

  2. Jim Westcott

    All awesome readiness ideas! Planet Kindergarten is funny and unique. The other suggested books look great too! I’ll pass this along to the few K-teachers I know.

  3. Leslie N

    I would love to read this to the new students this year.

  4. Great minds think alike! I reviewed this books today! 🙂 It is an awesome book!
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  5. Today was my daughter’s last day of 6th grade, but way back for her first day of kindergarten we gave her a Schultüte to commemorate the occasion (since her father is German). It’s a cone-shaped carton that one can fill with school supplies and treats. She loved it, and was so proud, and this helped with her transition.

  6. I’ve been collecting ideas for books on starting Kindergarten for when we need them — my oldest still has one more year before he starts, but I know it will go by in the blink of an eye! Thanks for the ideas. This summer, we’ll be working on keeping fresh with our letters and numbers and all the other awesome things he’s learned this past year! I love this age when school and learning are something they love to do.
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  7. Great idea for a book! My little one has a few years to go before the big first day at Kindergarten (and thank goodness, I’m certainly not ready yet!) but it’s never too soon to start talking about how cool school is (going to be)!

  8. Mattie

    My son is entering kinder this fall and our family would love to get him ready in any way!

  9. Nice info for moms. I’m 25 years beyond kindergarten with my kids. So many more challenges today for parents and children. I’m glad there are so many resources.
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  10. Amy

    I’m dedicated to having a slow and connected summer with her.

  11. Fantastic lists! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials
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  12. Nancy

    Lots of trips to the library to read!

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