The amazing journey of getting Ready for Kindergarten! : a book study and give-away

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 6, 2013

in Give-Aways, Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten

If you have been following my blog regularly, then most likely you know that I have written a brand new book which is titled Ready for Kindergarten! I received my own copy of the book in the mail just about a week ago and celebrated the grand opening of the first book with my family right there in the driveway (and yes, I wasn’t dressed up for the occasion)…

Ready for Kindergarten : Book Study and Give-Away

My grandson’s favorite page in the book is the back cover where he found a photo of me! To find out more details about my book, just click here!

Ready for Kindergarten : Book Study and Give-Away

Since getting my new book, I have had the fun experience of sharing my book on Indiana Fox Morning News but what I am most excited about is the chance to share my book with you…

Ready for Kindergarten : Book Study and Give-Away

Ready for Kindergarten! is a comprehensive, yet clear and easy-to-follow book for parents and teachers but I am a blogger who LOVES pictures! As a way to extend several (of the many) topics found throughout the book, my fellow bloggers are participating in a journey through Ready for Kindergarten! by expanding on and illustrating at least one topic of their choice through their own beautiful ideas and photos…

Ready for Kindergarten blogger book study

Blog Book Study Participants 

The following bloggers are participating in our blog book study. I will update each blog post with a current link as the posts go live during the month of August and September. To view the blog book study linky, click here!

August Participants

September Participants

Ready for Kindergarten! Give-Away

Kicking things off with a Give-Away

To kick off our book study, I happen to have two extra copies of my book on hand to give away! To enter this give-away, see the information below…

Ready for Kindergarten by Deborah J. Stewart

Enter to Win

To enter to win one of the two books in this give-away…

  • Go to “Ready for Kindergarten!” home page then come back here to this post and tell me something you found out about the book!
  • Be sure to enter a correct email address when entering as this is how the winners will be notified.

Give-Away Rules

  • The give-away will close on Sunday, August 112013 by 10pm EST.
  • The winners will be selected by Random Generator.
  • The winners will be notified by email and must respond to my email within 48 hours from notification or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winners will need to provide a shipping address when they respond to my email.
  • I will send each winner of this give-away one copy of my book. If you would like me to sign the book for you then let me know when you respond to the email.
  • No entries will be accepted by email, on Facebook or any other forum. YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW ON THIS POST TO ENTER.
  • This give-away is void where prohibited by law!

Available on Amazon

You can learn more about the book or go ahead and purchase a copy of the book on Amazon at Ready for Kindergarten!: From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep.

Congratulation to our winners…

Christine: Comment #16; Cheryl Comment #180; Claudia Comment #133

Thank you for entering!

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1 Glory August 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

I am so excited to read your new book! I have been following your site for a loooong time. I am thrilled you put all of your hard work into a book. I will use it for ideas as well as a resource for parents. Thank you for sharing all of your awesome ideas. :)

2 jenn harris August 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

 Ready for Kindergarten! offers simple to follow guidance and tips for where to focus your energy, how to support the learning that naturally takes place, and how to make the most of your child’s pre-kindergarten year.

3 Karina Coffer August 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

I love the “backpack savy” part of the book. I can’t wait to read the whole thing.

4 Stephanie August 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

I’m looking forward to reading the section in your book about the core content areas of academic learning that my children should know at this developmental stage and how I can foster this learning at home.

Read more:

5 Kathy August 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

As an administrator, I’m often asked what parents can do to help prepare their kids. It looks like your book will help with that! Thanks! Love the “backpack savvy” part too!

6 Stacy wilker August 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

I am looking forward to reading this book and using it as a resource in my classroom for myself, my coworkers, administration and parents. I have taught kindergarten for the past 14 years and I am now starting the 4K program in our school district.

7 Maureen August 6, 2013 at 7:16 am

Congratulations on your book! After viewing it on the website, I am excited to read it. One thing that jumped out at me is your listing of who would benefit from reading this book. You included grandparents, which I thought was great. Most people overlook grandparents in the child’s learning environment, and many of my students in my urban pre-k class are taken care of daily by a grandparent. I think they would love this!

8 Marsha August 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

I am so excited to read this book. I feel it will be a wonderful reference. I like how you have made it as to promote learning at home and an insight to what goes on in the classroom. A couple of great points. Thank you.

9 Stacy @ Share&Remember August 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

Already ordered mine! Congratulations on so much success!

10 Julie August 6, 2013 at 7:22 am

I am exciting to use this book as a reference for the entire school year. This will help greatly during conferences.

11 Susan Boerner August 6, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love that your new book has ideas on how to help foster your child’s confidence in being able to make new friends, learn new things and make good decisions.

12 Barbara Nickles August 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

Very excited to read it and use it as a resource both for myself and the parents of my 15 three year students. Liked the part about review, revise, and revisiting activities.

13 Eliesha August 6, 2013 at 7:26 am

I know this will be one book I will need to own. I am a pre-service teacher specialising in early childhood education and I’m very interested to read the section on “Confidence as You Go”, as positive self confidence at any age is very important. I’m looking forward to reading the book :-)

14 Victoria August 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

Thanks for writing the book. I have been following your blog as a parent of a preschooler and a toddler and love the ideas that you share. I am very excited that this book will have an explanation of the core skills needed academically for my little ones as I hope by preparing them school will be something that they enjoy and love to attend.

15 Stephanie Livesey August 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

This book sounds wonderful not only for me as a preschool/pre-k teacher but also for me as a mom of a preschooler. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment! I have been following your blog since last year at this time and I love it! I hope my blog will be as great as yours at some point. Thank you for the inspiration!


16 Cristine August 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

I am a Speech Pathologist with lots of early intervention children on my caseload. This book would help me shape therapy to tailor to the school system and understanding and sharing the tools for them to succeed. The part of the book I am most interested in is confidence building. This is especially important for children who understand that they have a delay or disability as the already view themselves differently.

17 Marci Glick August 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

I’m a preschool teacher in NJ after living in IN for the past 19 years–I enjoyed the Fox News clip. Preschoolers are so fun to work with! I’m anxious to read your book. I’m always eager to gather more ideas to provide children with confidence so that especially sounds intriguing. I also like how you organized the book. I have thought of many friends that I would like to share this with along with my standard baby gift of The Read Aloud Handbook. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Marci Glick

18 Isabel Z August 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

I am very interested in the section on backpack savvy though the entire books sounds wonderful. I am hoping that my director has leftover funds this year so that she can purchase a copy for our preschool. Not only will the teachers benefit from it but I think that our parents would too. We could set up some sort of checkout system. Better purchase two copies!

isabelzito at verizon dot net

19 Robin Cogburn August 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

The book is filled with many of the same activities kids will be doing in kindergarten. SO! They are going to have confidence when arriving at kindergarten after already having experienced many of the same things. Such a cool idea!

20 Jayne Dudley August 6, 2013 at 7:32 am

This sounds like an amazing book!! It will be a great help when parents ask for help and advice when their children are on their way to kindergarten.

21 Joan Binder August 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

Loved this …. so so true! Keep in mind that you aren’t just sending your child’s brain to kindergarten but you are sending your whole child which includes the top of his head all the way down to the tips of his fingers and toes. Kindergarten readiness includes social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development which can sound complex but in my book, I have simplified the information so that it is not overwhelming but still comprehensively covers all areas of development.

22 Melanie August 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

As a mom of two preschoolers with one going to kindergarten next year, this book is coming out just in time for me!

I’m intrigued by the backpack savvy section. I love the idea of helping my son be as ready as possible next year!

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

23 Laura-Leigh August 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

Love the “review, revise, revisit” section. What a great way to help parents do at home some of what teachers do in class. I’m looking forward to reading the book!

24 Kathy M August 6, 2013 at 7:50 am

I am so happy for you! As a preschool teacher, I love reading your blog and getting lots of great ideas. Now I can get even more great ideas from your book. I’m looking forward to the fine and gross motor skills section. I can’t wait to read it!

25 Kathy August 6, 2013 at 7:50 am

I love that you wrote a book — I am an avid follower and ‘tryer’ of all the wonderful things you do in your preschool classroom! One thing I like about your book is that it will be a valuable resource to early childhood teachers AND to the parents/families they serve. I can’t wait to read it!!

26 Robin Schaeppi August 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

I think this sounds like a great book.
I have been following your blog for a long time now and love it.
Thanks for this chance to win one of your books.

27 Julie Cox August 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

There are tips on how the adults in the child’s life can help the child achieve what they need to know for Kindergarten.

28 Jill S August 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

I would love to use this as a ‘fall guide’ for my child this year for her to be learning through play. She’ll be going to school the following year due to age, but we are guessing they will start to bump her up at least in reading because of course, she’s 4 and already reading library books marked for 2nd and 3rd graders. I’d love to know where she needs improvement and I think this would help a lot, since K has changed a lot since I went, and of course she can’t get into preschool at our public school either (too smart). This would be extremely helpful! jill. shoemaker @ gmail. com

29 Rebekah Peer August 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

Your book sounds amazing! I found your blog a few months ago and think your ideas and dedication to teaching young children is so amazing! I am a new preschool teacher and find your ideas and tips very helpful. I cannot wait to read your book for further tips on how to help my youngsters! I am especially excited to read the section on being “backpack savy”. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us all!

30 K's Mom August 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

Congrats! A must needed book in our house as we prepare our two daughters for kindergarten. One thing I learned from your site and book is that kids need to be back pack savvy.

31 Jane Pope August 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

I like that you include the often overlooked skills such as being “backpack savvy”. I am look forward to reading this book and will be recommending it to my parents.

32 Crystal Young August 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

I found out that I really want to know about being “back-pack savvy.” I appreciate all the knowledge in picture form as well as word form on your blog about the importance, the activities and skills of preschool children. I would love to have my own school to do what you do for children! Thanks and congrats on your new book!

33 Toni August 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

This book looks like an amazing resource for a teacher . I am anxious to check out the review, revise and revisit section.

34 Ronda Harbaugh August 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

I think that the book is a good resource for parents is great. Many of my parents need a guide to what kids really need to know to go to kindergarten.

Hope to read it soon!

35 Iris August 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

My assumption that children learn best when provided with activities to fit their interests and abilities is what I am looking forward to reading and sharing. Thank you!

36 Molly August 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

I have been looking for a book like this to use as a resource for parents. I especially like the reference of being ready from head to toe!

37 Holly August 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

I have a 5 year old ready to start and I saw the comment about being backpack savvy. I never thought about practicing the backpack or how to use one. I also have an almost 3 year old who I can also start working with. He is specially abled, and I was wondering if you addressed anything in the book with regard to kiddos needing extra help?

38 Kimberly Buenger August 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

I like that is book covers more than just “cognitive development”. I find that my parents often think this is the only area of development to be concerned about. Allowing parents to understand the motor and social-emotional development component will allow for a child that is truly ready for kindergarten.

39 Debbie August 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

I love the idea of teaching the child skills that are often overlooked. So many times, parents dwell on the academic areas and don’t see that their child is not independent in other areas that are equally important. Can’t wait to read your book!

40 Chalee Supplee August 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

I am so excited to read this! I’ve had it on my Amazon wish list since you mentioned it. My little guy goes to Kindergarden next year, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m looking forward to reading about motor skills.

41 Betsy August 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

Congratulations, Deborah! Our school participated in your 2011-2012 post card exchange, and I would love a copy of your book to keep in our library as a resource for parents and teachers. I am very curious about the “back pack savvy” section! Can’t wait to read it.

42 Ruby August 6, 2013 at 8:22 am

As a preschool educator, it is a great resource. I am a homeschool parent of 2 boys past the preschool stage, but I can still learn new things. I will definitely be getting this book and doing the blob book study.

43 Julie August 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

I cant wait to read your book. So glad you are sharing your wisdom with the world. As a preschool teacher i love how you address “Confidence as you go” in your book. Such a very important part of being ready for kindergarten.

44 Suzanne Vincent August 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

I discovered by looking at your blog, that kids need to be “backpack ready” in order to be ready for Kindergarten. I am a Pre-K teacher and would love to win a copy of your book. I may adopt a parent “check-out” system for parents. :)

45 Renee King August 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

Ready for kindergarten is a great resource from what I read about it, I would live to win it. I learned that this book is for everyone including parents, caregivers, and teachers. It was written to help you, help your preschooler prepare and be ready for kindergarten. It helps to teach you how to support learning naturally and how to build confidence along the way. I love the idea that it is broken into topics so you can go back and re read what you need to, or it works for easy referls

46 J August 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

Review,Revise, Revisit- timeless tools for a successful journey!

47 Jennifer August 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

Wow…this book is so helpful at all levels! Parents are always asking…”What can I do to help my child?” This will be a wonderful resource. I love your site…thank you, thank you for sharing!!!

48 Patricia Dziob August 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

I found out this book would benefit teachers and parents. As a preschool teacher I would read the book first and then have it available for my parents to borrow. It will help them understand what the preschool experience is about.

Thank you,

49 Linda August 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

Congratulations! Sounds like a useful resource and I’m especially looking forward to reading about being ‘backpack savvy’!

50 sally roy August 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

I love the idea of your new book!!!! I am a pre k teacher and can’t wait to share your book with parents. I learned that your book is a tool for both parents and teachers and addresses developmental skills children need to be successful in kindergarten. These are more than just academic skills, but social and emotional as well.

51 Lynn August 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

I am a PreK teacher and every year I hear that question from parents, “What else can I be doing to help my child prepare for kindergarten?” I would love to be able to refer them to your book. Sounds wonderful, can’t wait to read it!

52 Laura August 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

Great book written by a great teacher and blogger!! All parents of young children and early educators will benefit from this book!

53 Cassie Thoo August 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

I have been teaching Year 1s for many years, and just started teaching Kindy, and love it, and would love to find out more about the skills they *should* know before entering Kindy to provide more information to my parents during our information night before school starts :) x

54 Karen D August 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

Sounds like a great resource for me as a teacher and to offer to parents wanting guidance in preparing their child for Kindergarten.

55 Nancy L S August 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

I would learn how to make my son “backpack savvy.”. Considering his new backpack (monogrammed ) just came in the mail yesterday, and I am already afraid he’ll lose it or his pencilbsg or lunchbox, I’m intrigued and want to know more!

56 Kate August 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

I like that your activities will help children be ready for kindergarten through “natural, everyday, play experiences.” I am working on my masters in early childhood and just completed a course on the importance of play. As an avid follower of your blog, I can’t wait to read the book. I know I will love it!

57 Robin August 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Can’t wait to read all about being “backpack savy.”

58 Corianne August 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

This book looks like a great resource. I’m excited to learn the importance of being backpack savvy. :0)

59 Kate August 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love that your activities are aimed at helping children through “natural, everyday, play experiences.” I am currently working on a masters in early childhood and just completed a course on the importance of play. As an avid reader of your blog, I am looking forward to what I know will be a soul-filling read!

60 sandra August 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

I love following your daily posts. They have given me a wealth of information as a preschool teacher. I’m moving up from 3′s to 4′s this year. Your new book will be a wonderful reference for me and my parents. I can’t wait to read it!

61 Kerri Bush August 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

This book will be great for me! Not only will it give motor skill ideas, it also contains ideas for building confidence, and activities for common core skills!
I am excited for this book!

62 Wendy August 6, 2013 at 9:38 am

I am a preschool teacher, mother of three, and a huge fan of your activities. My daughter (also a preschool teacher) shared your site with me, and I have been trying out your ideas almost daily in my classroom. I love your Easel Starters – they were a hit with the children. Keep writing, creating, and sharing!

63 Jennifer Griffin August 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

Love that it helps parents understand all aspects of classroom learning, not just the academic.

64 Judy Teets August 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

What an informative book for parents of pre-kindergarteners. As a pre-K teacher, I’m excited to give our parents an additional resource to help them in preparing their children for kindergarten. I enjoyed reading how the book is divided in to sections, What your child should know, How to Help, and of course, Review, Revise, Revisit! Very helpful!! I can’t wait to read the book!

65 Paula August 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

I really appreciate the section on strengthing from fingers to toes. Each year I have more and more children who have not held a scissor and cannot open and shut it. Simple activities can really help parents help their kids at home. Thank you for bringing up the awareness !

66 kisa August 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

Cant wait to hear who wins!! Not sure I can wait that long to get the book lol. Its looks fantastic!

67 Sue Croke August 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

I teach a kindergarten readiness class and I often ask myself ” am I doing the right thing.” “Will they be ready?” Your book will hopefully tell me yes I am, and give me some new tools and ideas! Always looking to add something new ! Can’t wait to read it, looks great!

68 Audrey Glover August 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

I can’t wait to read your new book. Your monthly post has been amazing!
I have loved just about any and all of your ideas. It is amazing how you use old recycled items and transform them into new.
Looking forward to new ideas!!!

69 Ms Batavia August 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’ve been following your fb page for awhile. I LOVE all the great ideas you have for recycling projects & sensory activities. I’ve been interested in your book & learned that all of these great blogs helped to create it. Sure hope I win a copy. I have 3 preschoolers this year preparing for Kindergarten! Thanks for all the great sharing of ideas.

70 Lisa Talcott August 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love putting “review, revise, revisit” into parents’ arsenals! Can’t wait to share this resource with my fellow teachers and with our preschool families.

71 Katie M August 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

I am looking forward to the whole book but am most excited to read the
‘confidence as you go’ section. I believe the information will enhance my work with families. Thank you!

72 Lisa Egan August 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

Tha book would be a wonderful gift for parents and/or as a parent resource in the classroom

73 Misse August 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

I hope I win a copy!

I’m excited to read about the Review, Revise, Revisit section of the book; it sounds like a great way to monitor your child’s progress.

74 Cheryl Jacobo August 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

This book would be an invaluable tool in helping my three grandsons get ready for kindergarten!

75 Brandi August 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

I love that the book addresses the entire child – from physical to more traditional “academic”. I wish I had had it this past year for my son, but will love to use it with my younger two!

76 Ann August 6, 2013 at 10:24 am

Making this book available to all parents through the classroom lending library will be a great way to foster conversations about the next big step in their children’s education! Looks like a great resource – thank you!

77 Amy Marsh August 6, 2013 at 10:26 am

Excited to read this book. I saw that it contains “easily overlooked skills” and am eager to see what those are.

78 Elizabeth F August 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

How exciting! I am a preschool special education teacher, and am often talking with parents about Kindergarten prep. I learned that this would be an excellent resource in our parent library, reading suggestion to parents on our resources list on our website, and helpful for a somewhat new teacher to read!c

79 Traci Fryhoff August 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

Your book teaches about the importance of building strength and confidence in children, with lots of pictures, which I love!

80 Jennifer August 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

I cannot wait to read this book! I’m a pre-k and preschool teacher. I’m so glad you discuss the importance of confidence in the child.

81 carol michon August 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

I didn’t realize that children should be “back pack savvy”. Looking forward to your insight in this regard…..

82 Amanda Mason August 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

I have been very excited about your new book! My daughter just turned 4 and we have don’t have a lot of time left for me to enjoy her at home all to myself. This book will be great to help me foster her confidence as she is a bit shy. It will also be very helpful in my preschool class. THANK YOU!!

83 Courtney August 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

I love how the book is written for all kinds of caregivers- parents, teachers, administrators, nannies. I teach preschool, and would love to give copies of this book to all of my parents.

84 Jenni Reaney August 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

As a teacher for children with special needs I fully realise the importance of developing fine and gross motor skills to aid the child therefore its great to see your book talks about the importance of building strength from fingers to toes and gives helpful tips to develop strength and control.

Love following you – thanks for all the great ideas :-)

85 Lissa August 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

I am a preschool teacher. I teach the year before kindergarten and this would help me immensely. Thanks

86 Kiana August 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

I loved the confidence as you go tips to build self confidence! Would love to win a copy of this book!

87 BRENDA RILEY August 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

My favorite part is teaching our Pre-Schoolers to be Back Pack Savvy. Oh. I love it! I spend days at the beginning of every year on just that so our day’s starts and finishes run smoothly and they will have this SKILL entering Kdgn the next year.
I enjoyed the short video with Fox 59, too. Every point you made hit the spot for early preparedness for Kdgn. Every Pre-School classroom and home should have this book on their book shelf.

88 Stephanie August 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

I m excited to read your book. I’m a home child care provider and looking for new and great ideas to enjoy with my children.

89 Kelly S August 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

I learned that the book will aid preschool administrators when speaking to parents about activities that can help their children be ready for Kindergarten. This is exciting to me because I currently have a home preschool with 4 children and hope to open a center in a few years. :-) Thank you for the giveaway.

90 Rita griggs August 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

I am very interested in the section about children being back pack savvy. I use a lot of your ideas in my preschool class!

91 Suzie Buxton August 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

There is information for parents and for teachers. As a new Pre K teacher this year, I am always looking for great ideas to use in my classroom.

Suzie Buxton

92 Heidi Butkus August 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

Congratulations, Deborah! I’m sure it’s a wonderful book!
Heidi Butkus

93 Brittney G August 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

Oh, Deborah! I’m SO excited about your book. I have read your blog for a long time, and look forward to sharing your book as a resource for the parents of my pre-k’s as well. Good luck, I hope you have great success with it!

94 Wendi August 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

I love this idea! Many parents ask the all important question “Is my child ready for K?” and now I can back up our comments with your book! Thanks for helping parents understand this big step!!

95 Beth DeHart August 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

This will be my 2nd year of teaching pre-k; before I was a jr. 3 teacher.
Your book will be a great resource for our parents to borrow, as well
as to use in our school for all teachers. I love your daily ideas -
my co-teacher and I change/add to our curriculum plans frequently
because of your new ideas I receive. Thanks!

96 Tina Gabel August 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

I can’t wait to read the section about back pack savvy Kinders! Such an important skill that gets forgotten amongst the academic curriculum!

97 Julie Milbrandt August 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Looking at the home page, I was reminded to think about both large and fine motor skills and back pack savvy is another good hint. I think the book would be a great resource for parents and teachers alike.

98 Cheryl P. August 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I love that this book is for parents and teachers! What a great resource!

99 Janet August 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thank you for the giveaway Deborah! I would love to win. I learned there is a section in the book that guides the reader “through the things your child should know in the core content areas of academic learning and how to help your child master skills through natural, everyday, play experiences.”

100 Janet August 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I would love to win a copy of your new book so I could utilize the wonderful ideas you have in my PreK classroom. I’d like to see what you have listed in the backpack savvy chapter.

101 Tanya Mironov August 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I really like that in the book I can find real tips that work.
I would LOVE to win this book since my daughter is going to Pre-K this Fall after staying home with me, and I’m afraid I might have overlooked some very important things while preparing her for her first time in school without me by her side.
Thank you for the book and for the giveaway.

102 Katie August 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Great book, Deborah! I have already purchased it and read it. There are many great tips and ideas in it that I will be using for my son in the coming years (he’s 3 now). I’d like to win a copy to give to the parent of a child I care for who will be going to Kindergarten next year.

103 Judit August 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I am really interested in the back pack savvy topic, as well as the tips for gross and fine motor and mastering skills through play. I am also looking forward reading your book to have a better sense of what “kindergarten readiness” is. Sometimes I feel in my workplace we have too many expectations in some areas of their development and no too many on other areas. I think this book will help us be more aware and provide the children with better care and better readiness.

104 Christy August 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Deborah, congratulations on a fabulous resource! I am excited to read about ways to help children be physically ready for the challenges of kindergarten. Lots of words have been written about academic readiness but it sounds like you address the whole child. Yay! If I win please sign the book. If I don’t win, am buying it on Amazon–it’s already in my cart. Thanks!

105 Juliet August 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I have many parents ask what can they do to get their kiddo ready. This book looks like it will help answer that question.

106 Lenie August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations on your new book Ready for Kindergarten. After reading your site, the practical tips on how to support learning naturally for pre-kindergarten age children sounds like a valuable resource. I learned that in your book you help build strength from fingers to toes while fostering children’s confidence so they may feel secure in their ability to learn and make friends and make good decisions along the way. I also liked that the book is beneficial to all primary care givers including parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators. Sounds like a great book to support children as they ready for kindergarten and make them backpack ready!

107 Jessica August 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I am excited for your new book. As a co-op preschool teacher of Prek kids I look forward to sharing this whole book with my parents. but I am most excited about the Building Strength from Fingers to Toes.

108 Rebecca August 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love that your book is for everyone involved in a child’s life. It’s not just a teacher guide or a parent handbook. It’s accessible, available and friendly for all the caregivers and professionals.

109 Elizabeth August 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I’m glad you included small and gross motor skills so prominently. Those are easily overlooked by parents!


110 Sarah August 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm

This sounds like the book I’ve been hoping would be published for a long time. Since I started following your blog, I’ve learned so much about teaching preschoolers, and all of the activities I’ve tried out have been a hit. Looking at the description of your book again, I think I’m especially excited to learn about how to help my children build strength and coordination in ways that will help them prepare for school.

111 Anne O'Connel August 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I am looking forward to reading your book and interested to learn what “backpack ready” is all about! I enjoy your website and often use your ideas with my preK class – thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and joy of teaching!

112 Miss Coleen August 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

This looks like an excellent book to recommend to parents and teachers! I love the step by step overviews in “What Your Child Should Know” and the ideas presented in “How You Can Help” sections of the book. I would love to have this book because it would be a great tool to help me keep focused on the important tasks that a child needs to accomplish before entering kindergarten!

113 STacey Homer August 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I like the backpack savvy. That is huge for kindergarten. Would love to win a copy of your book.

114 Megan Collins August 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I think my favorite part- and the one that might be overlooked the most is: teaching your child confidence so he/she can be secure in their kindergarten journey!

115 cindi August 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I love your blog/webpage….I’ve been following it for awhile now. I love all the ideas you present each time you blog. I have used a lot of them in my Montessori Preschool class. This book would a welcome addition to our school’s professional library….to share with parents, encourage parents to purchase….thanks for this offer!!!!!

116 Kenna August 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Looks like an outstanding book. I am homeschooling my kids and truly love to learn what I should be expecting at various ages/stages. I love the concept of being back pack savvy! I’m sure there are tons of those things I have never considered.

117 Connie August 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

What a great book to share with teachers and parents. I so enjoy your site and appreciate the many great ideas. Thanks!

118 Christina Hartwick August 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I appreciate the format of the book that makes it easy to use as a reference guide. As you approach development, you look at how to build strength, confidence and skills, but then give specific suggestions in each of these areas. Your guidance will be helpful to parents, teachers, and anyone who is interested in the life of a young learner! I look forward to using it and to reccommending it.

Thank you, Deborah!

119 suzanne August 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I love that you address self confidence-so important!

120 Brenda Finley August 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Looks like a wonderful book! I love the reminder about preschool children spend a lot more time at home and that we can’t expect our children to learn everything at school. The Back Pack Savvy part really caught my eye. I can’t wait to learn more about it in the book.

121 Melanie LaGory August 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

This is the kind of book I’ve been waiting for! It would benefit myself as a Transitional Kindergarten (for students who turn five between Sep 1-Dec 2) teacher and could be given to parents as a resource. I like the three sections you have throughout the book: What Your Child Should Know; How You Can Help; and Review, Revise, Revisit. I wish you much success with your book!

122 Ashley F. August 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I am most interested to read about fostering self confidence in the students.

123 Maria Raaff August 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I look forward to reading the part about giving your child confidence in their ability to make friends. I think it’s the area I worry most about with my little one. Thank you.

124 Ann Roesinger August 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

The information underscores my long held belief that it is important to develop motor skills prior to kindergarten and not just teach the alphabet and the parent requested “school stuff”.

125 Chelsea August 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

I learned that this book is good for all family members! I love that it teaches you the core academics the kids should know before entering kindergarten!

( chelsea weber)

126 Donna August 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Since I love all the ideas that you post on your blog, I preordered your book . It arrived last week and I read it while on vacation !! Well-organized and good, practical advice. I’d love a second copy to use as a parent resource for my prekindergarten class. Thanks for sharing your “words of wisdom”.

127 Whitney M August 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I am so excited about your book! I will be teaching Pre-K this year in Evansville, IN. It is my first year with this group, so I am looking for advice. I am particularly interested in the section mentioned about working with parents and their role. Thank you!

128 Michelle Finley August 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Hi Deborah
After reading your “Ready for Kindergarten!” Website, I learned that your book is well organized and thorough. I particularly liked the “sneek peek” section which emphasized that the information included is not only developmental milestones that the 5 year old child should master but also ways to assess what the child knows in a manner that’s appropriate and ways to “review and revisit” particular objectives that the child needs support in mastering.

129 Linda August 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

This would be an excellent resource for me as a prek teacher–I can always use more tips !

130 Amy McBroom August 6, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I will find out how to have students backpack savvy for Kindergarten.

131 Tommie Sue Schindler August 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I’m especially interested in the part on strengthening small and large muscles and developing control to be ready for K so I can be sure my granddaughters are ready.

132 Tambor August 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I learned that my son will need to be backpack savvy and I look forward to learning how to help him achieve that!

133 Donna August 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I learned that your book is divided into sections, and I must say, that it make it very easy to locate what I need to review. I have been a Lead Teacher for less than a year and have visited your site time and time again, easy to follow your site. Plus it is sold on Amazon. Good Luck to you. Donna

134 claudia gaviria August 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I have a Group Family Day Care and I simply loooove the ideas specially how to foster the children’s confidence to accomplish success. I follow your blog quietly and really appreciate all you share and will be blessed having your book, that for sure is full of your experience, passion and love of children.
Thanks for the giveaway

135 laura englehart August 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Review, Revise, Revisit: You suggest reviewing a child’s developmental progress, revise activities according to THE CHILD’s INTEREST, and revisit developmental accomplishments. love the three R’s!


136 Jacki C August 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I have been waiting for this book to come out – I had mine on pre-order as soon as I heard about it. I have never heard of “back-pack savvy”, but I can sure relate to it.

137 Marcia August 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I LOVE that you’ve written this book with ALL partners in a child’s life in education in mind!!! I’m most interested as a preK teacher in making sure I’m doing everything I can to ensure that my students are ready for their next grade level learning adventure!!!

138 Kamye Taylor August 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I love your blog! As a Head Start Teacher and an avid reader of your blog for the last 7 months, I find it an invaluable resource. I’m looking forward to reading the section on children being “Back Pack Savvy.”

139 JoAnna August 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I look forward to reading about how to foster confidence and make school a successful experience. Our oldest child has always been a very determined and confident student and our youngest children (twins) are somewhat timid about beginning school, making friends, etc. and I could use a few strategies for helping them succeed. Thanks for the opportunity to win a free copy!

140 Tracy August 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I love that there are suggestions for building the muscles needed for fine and gross motor activities. So many children lack the ability to use their fine motor muscles for writing.

141 RobinHowell August 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

This book sounds great! I can use it in my Pre-K classroom and also as a reference to parents of my students. Like how you include “common” things that we often take for granted–like “backpack savvy”. Fingers crossed!

142 JULIA NOLD August 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm

This would be a great resource to have for our parents to borrow!

143 Marie August 7, 2013 at 12:11 am

Our program emphasizes the importance of play in kindergarten readiness, so I was happy to see that a section of your book includes information on how to help children master skills through natural, everyday, play experiences. I enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your book.

144 Joey Ramirez August 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

So excited for your new book.

145 Christy Hall August 7, 2013 at 12:24 am

What a great clearing house of information from fine/gross motor readiness to “back pack savvy.” It would be a great resource for my 4′s class as well as for sharing with parents. As always, I really enjoy the ideas from your years of experience.

146 Rebecca Hanson August 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

I am excited about this awesome book “Ready for Kindergarten”. I thought it would only be for teachers and home schoolers. I was thrilled to know that it would be beneficial for grandparents and caregivers, which I fill the role of both. I am “Oma” to four wonderful granddaughters, the youngest is starting kindergarten this year. I have a new grandson who will start kindergarten in five years. I am also a live-in caregiver to my best friend of 28 years, who has end stage ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She and her husband are raising four grandchildren. I have lived with them for the last three and a half years helping care for her, and help with caring for the grandchildren, cooking, doing laundry, etc. I am a former Special Education teacher so I am also home tutor for these precious children. The youngest needs the extra help, she almost did not pass kindergarten. I want to make sure she has the confidence to know that she has the ability to learn. I really want your book.

147 dalia August 7, 2013 at 2:47 am

I love to have the book and share it with our families.
Congratulations on so much success!

148 Cindy August 7, 2013 at 4:30 am

I love your ‘backpack savvy’ section – great idea! I also like how you include grandparents in your list of people who may find this book beneficial.

149 Amy August 7, 2013 at 5:24 am

What wonderful news that your book is finally available! After reading the preview, I am hopeful that your book will help families realize that prepping for Kindergarten is more than simply knowing the alphabet. Thank you for including the OTHER skills that are even more important. Can’t wait to read it!

150 June Parsons August 7, 2013 at 5:56 am

It never would have occurred to me to help my child get “back pack savvy” or, honestly, to focus on strengthening fingers and toes! I’m super excited to read this book!

151 Jacey Norton August 7, 2013 at 6:16 am

I am very excited about this book both for my teachers and for my parents. I like the way it is organized and it seems to be clear and concise. The biggest take away for me when I first looked into this book was the font and print style. It feels like how we interact with the children. It is thoughtfully laid out and comfortably visual. I look forward to reading it and sharing it!

152 Michelle August 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

Your book looks like a winner! Can’t wait to read about how to foster children’s confidence so that they are ready to enter kindergarten feeling secure in their ability to learn and make friends and be good decision-makers along the way.

153 Megan N August 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

I like how your book touches upon the skills a child needs to know/ have mastered before entering kindergarten and am most looking forward to reading about how to make the most of my just turned 4 year-old daughter’s pre-kindergarten year!

154 Audrey August 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

I work in the field of Early Childhood and like the way the book is divided into topics for easy referencing. I also like that the book appeals to a multi-level audience.

155 Denise August 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

I found you on pinterest and have been hooked ever since, I love all your ideas for preschool! I think your book will be a great resource in my Head Start classroom for me and parents as we continue to get children ready for Kindergarten. I am especially interested in the section on what to do with children to increase their skills, as I am always looking for new ways to increase parent participation in their child’s education!

156 Tracey August 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

How to help your child develop fine and gross motor skills that are needed to make Kindergarten more successful.

157 Susanna August 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I´m a kindergarten teacher in Finland, and very curious about the book! I´d love to read it and see if there are some cultural differencies between these two countries. I´m meeting lots of “new parents” at the moment who are quite scared and nervous about that their child will begin in preschool, so I hope to find something new to tell them. Mostly I look forward to that “how you can help” -section of the book. :)

158 Sally August 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I love the idea of the “natural” way of learning and helping parents understand it. Looks like a wonderful book!

159 Julia August 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I would love to win this! My daughter will be going to K next year. We have been preparing with lots of academic skills, but I am interested in what you said about gross and fine motor skills needed to be successful.

160 Cassandra S August 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I like that your book not only covers core skills, but also the “easy to overlook” skills that will help children be successful in kindergarten.

161 Stacey August 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I could see this being a handy resource for those parents who ask what their child needs to be ready for kindergarten.

162 Adrian August 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I liked the “back pack ” savey part

163 Marina S. August 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

This is going to be a great resource for me as a preschool teacher, as well as my students’ parents!

164 Kelly August 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I am a speech-language pathologist and mom of two pre-school aged children! Great to find some additional information that applies to my clients and kids! Thanks…looking forward to reading it!

165 Faith B August 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

This book shows you what your child needs to know to enter Kindergarten. This is something I have been looking for a long time.

166 Fátima August 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

If only your book was half useful as your blog it would be the perfect book. I am a Spanish teacher and I sometimes find it difficult for parents and partners to believe how working in centres help developing childrens learning. I think this book helps explaining the basis of this work and therefore will be of grate value.

167 Erika August 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I actually already have a copy of this book and I am really enjoying reading it. What I love the most is how easy to read it is. I know I will use this book as a resource for my parents when they start asking me questions about ways they can help their child at home this year. If I win, I plan to share that copy with a colleague. Thanks for a great book, Deborah!

168 DebI August 8, 2013 at 1:45 am

I found you from interest and kook forward to reading through your blog. I am a first year preschool teacher and I am focusing my whole curriculum on getting kids ready for kindergarten. (my in home preschool is kindergarten prep school) This book sounds like it will be prefect for me. I learned that I can’t even buy the book until August 18th, and even if I don’t win, it costs less than 12 dollars–that price is affordable, and give a great head start to the children I will be teaching. Benefits definitely outweigh the costs.
Debi (short for Deborah)

169 Michelle August 8, 2013 at 2:46 am

I am excited to learn more about what my ” child should know in the core content areas of academic learning and how to help your child master skills through natural, everyday, play experiences.” Thank you for writing this book.

Read more:

170 Jeanne August 8, 2013 at 6:49 am

I am very excited to read your book. I love the theme of Confidence as you Go because I run a small family childcare and my children leave me to go directly to kindergarten. I will welcome tips to give them the confidence on their first step into school. I love your blog and ideas, thank you so much!!

171 Ali August 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

I went to the site and *love* the Review, Revise, Revisit concept. It’s a great strategy to continually reflect on the child’s experience throughout and make sure that you are hitting milestones, etc. I am very eager to get my hands on this book!

172 Sandy August 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

I look forward to reading your book, I love your site and am excited to see the book too!

173 Kellie August 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I’m looking forward to reading your book and sharing it with my preschool parents. I like the idea of being backpack savvy and the many other little skills that are needed for children entering kindergarten.

174 Christine August 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I love that large motor activites are included in the book!

175 Fiona R August 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I was interested to see the concept of kids being ‘backpack ready’ – cant wait to read the book!

176 veronica August 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

As a preschool teacher I am excited to add to my activities the resources you share and also encourage my parents on where to get answers for their questions about getting themselves and their child ready for kindergarten.

177 Kathleen August 10, 2013 at 7:15 am

First off, thank you for your wonderful ideas in your website. Awesome! Next, I started reading about your book and the “Review, Revise, Revisit” section is what struck my fancy. Which means that you already did that to your book and it is our time with the children that we teach (our own personal ones). The book seems to be an excellent read and something that will allow everyone (teachers, parents, grandparents, etc.) to take part in a “good read”. Pre-K teachers, are at times, underrated and you make us all know we can be at the top of our game with your new book. Lastly, thank you for allowing us to participate in your giveaway!

178 carol August 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Congratulations on your new book and wish you all the success!

179 Andreia Hesemans August 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

As a follower of Deborah’s posts I can only imagine how this book is filled with great tips and advises for both parents and teachers.

We started a free preschool in the Namib desert for disadvantaged children hoping that we can change the future of many of them and their families. We try to give the best possible education to the children and help parents with advise and tips on how to keep their children happy, healthy, safe and ready for preschool in such a poor environment.

Having your book would be of great help so we are all crossing fingers here in Sossusvlei.

180 Cheryl Woodsom August 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

Good Morning !
I love that your new book has tools for the teacher to help the preschooler master the skills needed for Kindergarten.
I would love to win a free copy !!

Thanks so much !

181 Peri August 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

As someone who taught 2nd grade I am excited to see the ideas on being “backpack savy” because now that I teach preschool I see that the earlier we start the better!

182 Jessie August 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This is a great resource for parents who ask the question “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?” I’m glad to have a book available to direct them to!

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