- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Books


"Kindergarten: Ready or Not?: A Parent's Guide," by Sean A. Walmsley and Bonnie Brown Walmsley, Heinemann Press, 1996. This book walks parents through all the variables about choosing a kindergarten half-day or full-day, private or public, traditional or Montessori and offers guidelines to help prepare families for starting their child's educational career.
"How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten (Smart Kids, Better Grades)," by Florence Karnofsky and Trudy Weiss, Fearon Teacher Aids, 1993. This book is part of a series that offers parents guidelines in helping their children each year of grade school.
"The Kindergarten Survival Handbook: The Before School Checklist and a Guide for Parents," by Allana Elovson and Andrea Elovson, Parent Educational Resources, 1993. Written by a psychologist and an educator, this books offers tips and suggestions to help parents guide their children through their first exposure to public school while having fun in the process.
"The ABCs of School Success: Nurturing Young Minds: A Guide for Parents & Educators," by Elaine K. McEwan, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1995. This book helps parents understand what will be expected of their children in their first year at school.
"Kindergarten It Isn't What It Used to Be: Getting Your Child Ready for the Positive Experience of Education," by Susan K. Golant and Mitch Golant, Lowell House, 1997. The authors explain that getting ready for that big yellow bus means more than buying new shoes and a box of crayons. The book offers parents helpful lists of references, books and getting-ready-for-school activities.
"The Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Helping Young Children Learn: Creative Ideas From 35 Respected Experts," edited by Betty Farber, Preschool Publications, 1997. This is a collection of essays and articles about early childhood education.

On line


A number of articles about kindergarten readiness, as well as related chat rooms, can be found at iVillage's Parent's Place (www.parentsplace.com).
A site with extensive information about children and education that includes articles on kindergarten readiness can be found at www.familyeducation.com. The site is sponsored by the National PTA, National School Board Foundation, the American Association of School Administrators and corporate partner Harcourt Publishers.
Educational diagnostic and kindergarten screening materials can be purchased at the Kindergarten Intervention and Diagnostic Services Inc. (KIDS) Web site (www.kidsinc.com). The company is located in Denton, Texas. Phone: 940/898-0533.
The National Association for Education of the Young Child has a site (www.naeyc.org) with information and resources about kindergarten readiness.
Kids Source on Line (www.kidsource.com) has a number of articles about kindergarten readiness. This educational information clearinghouse has rated the articles based on their content and usefulness to parents.

Associations


The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE), 1201 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/822-8405. Web site: www.ncpie.org . This nonprofit clearinghouse helps parents, schools and communities create working partnerships in education.
The Alliance for Parental Involvement in Education (Allpie), PO Box 59, East Chatham, N.Y. 12060. Phone: 518/392-6900. Web site: www.croton.com/allpie. This is a nonprofit parent-to-parent clearinghouse that offers information as well as a lending library of tapes and books on education and family involvement in schools.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) Elementary and Early Childhood Education Clearinghouse at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Children's Research Center, 51 Gerty Drive, Urbana Ill. 61820-7469. Phone: 217/333-1386 or 800/582-4135. Web site: https://ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/eric.html. This is a research center on children's education. Information from the center, which is a project of the U.S. Department of Education, can be accessed through the Internet or through inquiries at the staffed information line.

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