School readiness

School readiness

School readiness

Date posted: August 23, 2013

As it gets closer to September, are you thinking about the school year beginning? Do you know someone who’s starting school this year? Here are some resources about school readiness for young children.


Calm, alert, and learning: classroom strategies for self-regulation.

Stuart Shanker. Toronto: Pearson Canada, 2013.
Research indicates that self-regulation, the ability to monitor and modify emotions, to focus or shift attention, to control impulses, to tolerate frustration or delay gratification, is important to children’s success in school. This book looks at the five major domains of self-regulation: what they are, how they work, what they look like in the classroom, and what can be done to help strengthen students’ self-regulation.

Mind in the making: the seven essential life skills every child needs.
Ellen Galinsky. New York: William Morrow, 2010.
This book describes seven life skills that are important to develop in children, outlines research in these areas, and offers suggestions on how parents can encourage and support the development of these skills. The skills are focus and self control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges, and self-directred, engaged learning.

Preparing children for success in school and life: 20 ways to enhance your child’s brain power.

Marcia L. Tate. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2011.
Written for parents, this book shows how to help children’s brains develop in everyday ways. Includes practical tips and tools for creating a calm and brain-compatible home environment, incorporating positive physical contact and verbal communication, encouraging play that develops creativity and imagination, and strengthening children’s auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual modes of learning.

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LearnNowBC – Welcome to Kindergarten – Scroll down this page for some helpful, practical tips for helping young children be ready for kindergarten

12 ways to help a child make the transition to kindergarten – Tips for helping a child who is feeling anxious about starting kindergarten

Back to school books – Recommended books for all ages, organized by grade level from K to 12, that explore topics that will help students prepare for or adjust to school, from the International Reading Association.

Learning to play and playing to learn: getting ready for school : a booklet for parents – Research-based information , tips and checklists for parents on developing healthy bodies and minds that are ready to learn.

Ready for kindergarten? – Five teachers share the readiness skills that are important in kindergarten

Transitioning to kindergarten – Tips for parents on what to do before school starts, the first day of school, and the first week of school, from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

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