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What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge Series) [Kindle Edition]

E.D. Jr Hirsch
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With its comprehensive curriculum providing a sound basis in the fundamentals of math, art, history, language arts, science, and technology, the phenomenally successful Core Knowledge series has become an esteemed tool for parents and teachers striving to better educate today's children. And since it is agreed that the first years of schooling are crucial to a child's lifetime educational achievements, it is no wonder that parents and teachers alike have been asking for a volume for kindergartners.



This primer for those just beginning their school careers was devised with the contributions of over 2,000 parents, educators and students, distilled into a user-friendly volume specifically designed for parents to use with their children. Eighty pages of four-color illustrations enliven the new, bold design of this latest title in a series adopted by hundreds of schools nationwide and appreciated by thousands of adults looking to instill in children a lifetime love of learning.


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Education experts agree: the first years of a child's education are crucial to lifetime educational achievements. Parents and teachers have known this instinctively for years--the fact that What Your First Grader Needs to Know remains the bestselling Core Knowledge title is solid proof--and in response to their repeated requests, Doubleday is proud to offer What Your Kindergartner Needs To Know. The latest volume in the phenomenally successful Core Knowledge Series, which has more than one million copies in print in hardcover alone, features eighty pages of vibrant, full-color illustrations and a user-friendly design--specifically created for parents and teachers to use with kindergarten-age children.

Based on E.D. Hirsch's realization that much of the decline in America's educational standards has occurred because vague "skills," not information, are taught in the primary grades, it emphasizes fundamental knowledge in math, science, art, history, language arts, geography, and technology. E.D. Hirsch and the staff of the Core Knowledge Foundation worked with more than two thousand parents and teachers to create a book that children will enjoy while they learn.

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Education experts agree: the first years of a child's education are crucial to lifetime educational achievements. Parents and teachers have known this instinctively for years--the fact that What Your First Grader Needs to Know remains the bestselling Core Knowledge title is solid proof--and in response to their repeated requests, Doubleday is proud to offer What Your Kindergartner Needs To Know. The latest volume in the phenomenally successful Core Knowledge Series, which has more than one million copies in print in hardcover alone, features eighty pages of vibrant, full-color illustrations and a user-friendly design--specifically created for parents and teachers to use with kindergarten-age children.



Based on E.D. Hirsch's realization that much of the decline in America's educational standards has occurred because vague "skills," not information, are taught in the primary grades, it emphasizes fundamental knowledge in math, science, art, history, language arts, geography, and technology.  E.D. Hirsch and the staff of the Core Knowledge Foundation worked with more than two thousand parents and teachers to create a book that children will enjoy while they learn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10001 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (July 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEGHSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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208 of 212 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource, but not perfect May 31, 2000
Format:Paperback
I have 6 children, and we are homeschoolers, so I am always looking for good resource materials.
This series is good in a lot of ways.
It stresses the old classics, more from a cultural literacy standpoint than anything else. You want your children to understand references to literature. You want your children to know what others are talking about when they refer to a mythological figure.
These books not only provide the parent with a few basic stories, but they also put it in the mind of the parent that these things are important for the child to come into contact with.
The social studies are nice and simple, with little maps and nice little pictures. For my children, I develop checksheets to go along with them -- they read a section in the book, then they draw a picture relating to it, or look at a globe and point out the place under discussion, or create an animal from that part of the world in clay -- something involving DOINGness, instead of just READING. They really love this and it makes the material stick in their minds that way.
I make a checklist out of the math section, to verify that the kids are up to speed.
Overall, I think these are valuable books, and well worth having. I would warn parents to watch for the vocabulary used in the literature -- kids will get confused if many of the words are not defined for them - the literacy level is pretty high per each grade level.
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic March 18, 2002
Format:Paperback
I think this is a fine book. I bought it expecting a list of things that my child should know prior to entering Kindergarten. Instead what I got was a book that I could use to teach my child. Excellent!
I think it would be better with a comprehensive list of expectations and/or goals that every child should reach by the time they are through with Kindergarten. That is the teacher in my coming out.
I found that the social studies section was amazing. I didn't realize that kindergarten children could comprehend so much.
Word of Warning: This is ONLY the very basics that a child should be able to learn. This is NOT the be all end all of a kindergarten curriculum to use for homeschooling. However, it can be used as a place to jump start your learning. You will need to add more literature and poetry and math activities. However, it's a well rounded, full of information, useful book.
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get them off to a Great Start! May 6, 2004
Format:Paperback
The Book "What Your Kindergartener Need To Know is a great book to use to get your child started in learning. Even if you didn't get your hands on it before Kindergarten it is a good review and will help you to see if you child has suffered any "gaps" in their knowledge to date.
Since different states and school systems have different opinions as to what a child should know at what age, this book may not necessarily cover what your child has or is about to learn in your local school. From my analysis, the book covers more information from a cultural awareness perspective. This means that is basically is filled with things your child should have been exposed to by this point. They may not KNOW these things or be able to recite everything from this book, but they should have some awareness or have had some exposure to it at this point.
When my children and I received this book, our first Core Knowledge book by Hirsh, we went through the books table of contents page with a pencil and marked off everything they knew. My children are in the 3rd and 1st grade, and the 1st grader "KNEW" much more of the items, which to me means she remembered more items since she had been exposed to them more recently. Although the word KINDERGARTEN was written boldly across the front, they took great joy in my reading the fables and testing them on the geography and math question at bedtime.
I purchase these books in anticipation of beginning homeschooling, but we could not wait to get started on this series. I recommend this and the other books in this set to anyone considering homeschooling or even school-schooling. It is great fun to interact with your children and amazing to find out what they actually know.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This well rounded book covers all the bases! November 2, 1999
Format:Paperback
I was really glad to share this book with my child. It gave me a million rainy day ideas. Great for the preschooler! I loved the way it incorporated classic tales, nursery rhymes, mathematic basics, geography and scientific information in a way that is both simple and exciting. The activities are really enriching and interesting to the child. Every parent should own a copy of this book!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative book. January 16, 1998
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Format:Hardcover
The book is full of a lot of information. I'm using "What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know" as the base book for homeschooling my daughter. Not only are there many recommendations but, there are complete stories and songs in the book to allow you to teach without having to purchase other books. There is more information in the book than I thought my daughter could comprehend. But, I offer some of the information to her and she understands and wants more. If you want to know what your child should be learning or want an excellent book for a base for homeschooling, I highly recommend "What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives u info
Still reading. Not sure if there are different versions of this book for Kindergarten. This seemed outdated but not really sure.
Published 4 months ago by Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars PROBLEM SOLVED
Grandson in the Navy .His family always on the move and changing schools. It was a great gift for my grand daughter in law. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mimi B
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed my order, Thank you Amazon!
This is a good supplemental material you can read with your child.

Lot of information included, a must-have book in home.

Good deal on Amazon.
Published 5 months ago by Xiao Min He
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
love this book. very informative. haven't finished reading or using it but will certainly continue using until it's done. I would buy it.
Published 5 months ago by Windstorm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Version Works Great.
The KIndle version works great on my iPad Mini. The art pictures can be tapped and enlarged to fill my screen. The TOC works nicely.
Published 7 months ago by K.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Very helpful for home schooling!!! I can't wait to get started! It outlines everything you need to teach your little one and even provides some examples and resources!
Published 8 months ago by Josh Blade
5.0 out of 5 stars Improving Literacy
I wish the government schools would take a serious look at this series, instead of following the continual "testing" approach to excellence. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pierre C. LeMaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I am looking forward to getting some great tips for my new kindergartner. I plan to use this book to make the most out of this school year.
Published 10 months ago by TALISA M. COHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but not a curriculum
This book is an excellent resource; I found it very helpful to launch our home school education. However, it is not a curriculum - not even close. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeather
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great for the first grader to review before his first day in...
Great tool for learning, Mr Hirsch. has been of assist for me and my children for at least 20 years, and I have bought books for others as well and pass them on......... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Diana F. Stoler
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