Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Let's Get Ready" Series Review and Giveaway


"Read, read, read and read some more! Make it part of your daily routine." - Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! by Stacey Kannenberg and Linda Desimowich

After my daughter was born, I received a baby care guide from the hospital. Baby milestones were covered, as well as helpful tips. But my baby didn't stay baby size very long. What about my preschooler? What core skills should she possess right now? The Let's Get Ready Series by Stacey Kannenberg and Linda Desimowich provides a great starting point for teaching your children the early childhood skills they need to learn. The award-winning series currently consists of two books: Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! and Let's Get Ready for First Grade! Every parent with a young child should own a set of these extremely helpful books.


Before children start school they undergo a basic skills assessment. Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! covers all of these important skills. The softcover book is engaging, colorful and a lot of fun for both child and parent. It features wipe-off pages for use with dry erase markers. A pretend teacher named Mrs. Good and the culturally diverse Cedar Valley kids lead the learning discussions in the book. The backcover offers parent and caregiver tips as well as an alphabet writing directional chart. A different skill is featured on each page. Examples of the different topics featured are as follows:
The Alphabet and Mixed-up Alphabet • Letter Sounds • Colors • Shapes • Left and Right Hands • Numbers and Mixed-up Numbers • Counting • Money and Coins • Opposites • Seasons • Rhyming • Positional Words • Body Parts • The Five Senses • Time • Calendars • Telephone Numbers • Writing Practice
My daughter managed the first few pages without much difficulty. She was understandably a little unnerved by seeing the alphabet in a mixed up order and wanted to know why it was shown that way. She also at first did not recognize the color "gray" or the shapes "hexagon" and "octagon". The skills in the last part of the book are more advanced (like learning and dialing your phone number). We will need to practice them.

A Spanish/English edition of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! is scheduled to be released this year.

Let's Get Ready for First Grade! continues with more advanced skills such as vowels, consonants, and punctuation. It is laid out in exactly the same format as the kindergarten book, but the teacher this time is named Ms. Best.

Cedar Valley Publishing is a Wisconsin-based company. Stacey Kannenberg, the co-author and publisher, is a mother to two daughters and is also a Principal and Consultant for Mom Central Consulting and the VP of Mother Talk. I am thrilled to report that 10% of all profits from the Let's Get Ready series book sales are donated to literacy foundations and schools.


Win a set! Cedar Valley Publishing has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway. One (1) Brimful Curiosities reader will receive a set of the books, Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten! and Let's Get Ready for First Grade!

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66 comments:

Karen said...

I really like the mixed up letters page and the topics in the 1st grade book are all interesting. I found Stacy's blog too!

RebekahC said...

I just think these books would be fun to have because I have my youngest heading to kindergaretn soon and my oldest will be going to first grade next year. It sounds like these books would be really fun and educational at the same time.

Thanks
RebekahC
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RebekahC said...

I also follow and subscribe to you.
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quitecontrary1977 said...

The Kindergarten book covers al the things we are working on learning right now, like opposites.

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Donna said...

I think this looks interesting. My daughter will be going into Kindergarten next year and I currently have a first grader. I looked at both books on the site. In the kindergarten book I like that it list the numbers 1 to 100 so that the child can see what the numbers look like. I liked the explination of capitals in the first grade edition an area I am constantly discussing with my 1st grader.

Tammy Lessick said...

I love the "Let's Get Ready for Firtst Grade" for my daughter. tammy@learningfelt.com

Staci said...

I love that the books are bright and eye catching. They look like they could hold my son's attention. I also like that they mix up the alphabet in the Kindergarten book. It seems like something that could really help him.
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cupcake21 said...

I like the use of everyday items, particularly on the counting page. It is never to early to learn!

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Cortney said...

I like how the books are colorful and have lots of interesting items to point out to my child.

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JamericanSpice said...

I love that these books are laminated and thick so they can last a good while. I also love the graphics and how it's all laid out to grab and keep the interest of the little ones

JamericanSpice said...

I'm following you on twitter: calliesan and I tweeted about this giveaway

http://twitter.com/calliesan/status/1107610651

Shannon@K.I.S.S. Crop-n-Shop said...

My daughter would love these! She's an avid reader with a passion for more!!

I subscribed by email.

Shannon
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Jenna said...

I like that these are age appropriate. My niece would love these! Thanks!

MJ said...

I teach kindergarten. I love that the counting page starts with zero!!!

Megret said...

Since I'm homeschooling at least through preschool, these books look so helpful to make sure I'm keeping on track with the guidelines. Thanks!
Megret
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Charlotte (Life's a Charm!) said...

the illustrations are colorful and attractive for kids to keep their interests,

judybrittle said...

What wonderful books! I would love for my grandchildren to learn with these. I like the color illustrations and the variety of different topics. Thank you so much

Kristie said...

I love that thay have laminated pages, so the pages can be written on and reused!

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Sarah Speaks- Savvy SAHM Reviews & Giveaways said...

I blogged about this on my Fantastic Friday blog giveaway listing at:
http://sarahspeakssavvysahmreviews.blogspot.com/2009/01/fantastic-friday_09.html

windycindy said...

Hello, I like that the books are available in English and Spanish!
Please enter me in your drawing. My nephew would enjoy these books!
Thanks, Cindi
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The Budzinski Bunch said...

I love how it focuses on Kindergarten / first grade CORE curriculum. :) Thanks for the great giveaway

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Amy said...

I think these books look interesting because I can work ahead, ie - know what we should be covering at home so my little one is well prepared for school. I have a few years first, but it is never too early to get started!

cari_and_kevin_king said...

I love how they seem to be able to keep the childs attention.

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Safire said...

I really like that there is a place that they can learn these skills with a little fun. Looks great!

Mona said...

My daughter is about to start school! this would be great! Thanks!

Joyful Noise said...

I love that they are so colorful and interesting pics...they make learning so fun!

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jceko77 said...

I love how colorful the books are; they look like children would be interested
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Elissa said...

We're planning to home school, so these would be a helpful tool!
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Kim said...

I love what topics they cover and that educators support them! thanks!

TXsunlover said...

These would be great for my granddaughter! I love the bright colorful illustrations which will help keep her interested and focused. Also the laminated pages is a GREAT idea!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Dina said...

I like how well the information presented is combined with nice, bright illustrations to facilitate learning.

Jenny said...

These are neat books! My daughter is 4 1/2 and these are perfect for her right now.

Roni, Coleman, Makadie and Anika said...

My daughter loves books and these look like an amazing set! I like how each book has a teacher and the pages with the letters all mixed up. My daughter knows her letters but challenging her with the mixed up ones would be perfect way to reinforce what she has learned so far. Thanks for having this opportunity.

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Kaycee said...

The kindergarden book (if i only pick one!) would be fantastic. I am a preschool teacher and love to find new ways to prepare my little ones!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I follow and tweeted: http://twitter.com/wastebasket/statuses/1148555702

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Erika Lynn said...

these books would be great for my little sister who is starting school next year. thanks!