We (both the kids and I) love our Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten and Let’s Get Ready For 1st Grade books. For the first time, my kids did not fight over the products that we had to review because each had one to own :) And I owe my thanks to Stacey Kannenberg, co-author of these two award winning books , publisher, motivator, consultant, spokesperson, MOM as well as a successful blogger. I am full of praises for Stacey not only for her achievements but for the fact that during my course of communication with her, she is truly one of the nicest and most positive person that I’ve “met” online.

I gave my 4 year old daughter the Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten book  which was meant for the pre-school children (age 2-6) whereas Let’s Get Ready For 1st Grade is targetted at children from 6-8 years old. Naturally, my 8 year old son was assigned the ownership.

The first thing that attracted me (and the kids too) was the glossy and colourful cover as well as pages of both books. I can honestly say that if all children’s books were as colourful and made of the same material, they would definitely be more appealing to children. That’s another point to note if you want to buy books to instill the love of reading in your child!

Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten : by Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg – A 32 pages “dry erase” book which includes basic topics like the alphabets, pronouncing letter combinations, to colors and shapes, to learning numbers, basic money concepts, opposites, seasons, positional words, body parts and senses. I like the fact that Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten actually reinforces everything my boy had learned during his Kindergarten years. Instead of getting several books for each topic, this is an all-in-one book which serves as a good guide for any parent to assist their children in the learning process. I am proud to say my girl breezed through the alphabets (even with the alphabets being mixed up), colours, shapes and numbers but will need to concentrate on the other topics. Her favourite was of course being able to doodle on the book and not get scolded for doing that as it was erasable using a tissue!

Let’s Get Ready For 1st Grade : by Linda Desimowich and Stacey Kannenberg –This book  features 40 pages of brightly illustrated curriculum – covering simply everything a child needs to know in 1st Grade. My son was delighted with the comprehensive curriculum which included the solar system (his favourite!), addition, subtraction, vowel sounds, punctuations, measurement and more. This book is also ideal as a supplement for parents who are homeschooling their children.

BUY IT :  You can view the sample of the book pages here or purchase both books at www.cedarvalleypublishing.com or Amazon.com.

More Parent Reviewers Offer Their Opinion on Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten:

Lisa Reviews – These books are great. Even with Madison only being four, we are able to do activities out of both of these books. The first thing I love is that we can write with our felt tip pens on these books and then erase when we are done with the activities. The activities are also very age appropriate.

Just My Tots – The books starts with basic lessons that I am sure many parents are already doing with kids at this age- Alphabets and numbers. And then as you progress through the pages, there are introductions to slightly more complex subject such as autonyms (opposites) and science (seasons).

Some pages such as currency may be a bit difficult for the Malaysian children to relate to as they are in US currency. But having this page gives me an idea of what I can teach Bryan outside this book. I can always teach him the Malaysian denominations, right?

Laura Williams’ Musings – These books get an A+ from me!  Good for all students… public (or private) and homeschooled alike!  They got thumbs up from my 5 year old and 4 year old.

MommiBee – What I like best is the subject it covers ie from the basic lesson of learning the alphabets, shapes, colors, saying each word to numbers and counting. It is everything I would need in a book to teach my two year old at this stage. No longer do I have to refer to separate books for each individual topic.

Just My Rambling – When I first flip through the books, I really love the fact that the books are very colorful. Kids love colors, so that is a major plus for the books. I also love the fact that you can write on the pages with a dry erase marker and then erase it easily with a tissue. That means Lil’ C can redo the activities in the books as many times as she likes.

Rambling Moo – Darrius was very happy when he flipped through the ‘Green’ book which is Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten. He was so attracted by the alphabets, colors, shapes, the left and right hands which he refers to ‘Where is Thumbkin?‘ from one of the VCD he has been watching. When he saw the numbers he kept asking me and now he is able to recite from one to twenty.

Cheeks to Cheeks – Just so you know, these books are getting great reviews from the Parents and Educators. These books are approved by the State Department of California’s Social Compliance Review Board. That means any state school in California can get funding to purchase these books. With all these recognitions and awards, I’m sure it has met some kids’ stamp of approval.

Accidental Mommy – Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! presents all the subjects and skills listed above in a very colorful and engaging manner. The book is designed and laid out to help you interact with your child and help them learn and practice what they have learned. The illustrations are simple, eye catching and very appealing. Even my 6 1/2 month old daughter loves looking at the book. She squeals and coos at it as I turn the pages. Some of the information my son has mastered already, while others he’s just beginning to grasp but he still loves to go through the pages with me and interact with the book.

Val’s Views – This is the type of book that works for both teaching new skill concepts and reinforcing emerging skills. The stated age range for the Kindergarten book is 2-6, but it also works well with a developmentally delayed child like my son who doesn’t typically fit well within the advertised age span of most things. What I like the most about this book is that it’s structured so you can do what it says or you can make up your own activities.

Montessorimum –  One thing good is that it’s off good quality glossy paper, you can write on it with a marker and then erase off. Even if baby started chewing on the book, it won’t tear off so easily.

And here’s some insight into what other Parents feel about Let’s Get Ready For 1st Grade:

Mott’s Island – I found that he really enjoys the book very much, because of its illustrations and interesting learning facts. With Ms.Best’s help (the First Grade teacher), I managed to stay in focus with the subject. Till today, he’s still looking through the book as there is always something he misses.

Right Reads – A point of note is the subtle colouring for the vowels contained in the alphabet – a great way to know immediately if your child is colour blind. Provided he already knows vowels from consonants, the colour-blind child may not be able to tell you that they are a different shade from the rest of the letters.

I love the big, bold-coloured illustrations that accompany the learning of new words and concepts – they definitely make reading the book an appealing one.

Value Bookshop’s Reading Notes – This book makes learning flexible. If you don’t have much time or have a little waiting time, you can whip out this book and have a quick, short lessons. If you want to have a proper lesson, this book serves as a good opening exercise. Sort of like an appetizer before the main meal. Use your own imagination on how you can expand on the lesson.

Ang’s Chicken Coop – I am just in love with these little books and so is Melina. The first thing that I noticed when I opened them up is they are designed to be written in with a dry erase marker! That alone is a huge selling feature for me. When I opened both of the books I found them to be colorful and full of characters that appeal to little ones. Each book focuses on skills that a child will need to have before the enter that grade. These skills include money, time, alphabet, knowing how to write your name, colors, positional words, calendar skills, counting, basic math and the list goes on. Each lesson is condensed into one page so that it isn’t overwhelming to your child.

Quiver Full Family – This title is an excellent academic foundation, building more advanced reading, beginner writing skills, simple math etc. on which to build the foundation for a first grade curriculum if so desired.  It can also be used for preparatory work over the summer, or review work as well.

Almanac Queen – I was pleasantly surprised that these topics are already clearly covered in the same familiar glossy book that can be wiped clean with the white board marker. This brilliant method means I can let my daughter use the book again and again as kids learn most through repeat process effectively. I believe this book is very useful for all educators and parents to pick up interesting ideas for study and play in an alternative method. The illustrations and colours are vibrant and interesting. I see a lot of potential in this useful little book that can be entertaining for use in the car during long journeys too. A must buy!

Freaky FrugaliteLet’s Get Ready For First Grade is similar, and advances to the next step of development. Now that the child has learned numbers and letters, the child can advance to learning basic addition and subtraction, and learning the phonetic alphabet. I love that these books emphasize phonics for reading.

 Renaissance Cullinaire – Lets Get Ready For First Grade! really details first grade classwork. You will feel right at home teaching and following along with the book. There are also tips for fostering self esteem and proper ways to handle sensitive issues

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