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Bridges4Kids/Early On Review: The Giant Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities


Reviewed By: Jackie Igafo-Te'o
Review Date: June 21, 2004

Authors: Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford

ISBN: 0-87659-285-X

Price: $29.95
Description: Kindergarten children will delight in these 600 activities written just for them! In a nationwide contest, teachers submitted their favorite activities and the best of the best are included in this giant resource. This compilation has everything from language and science activities to art, music and movement, and learning centers. You'll find everything you need to keep your kindergarten classes engaged and learning for years to come. (640 pages; 2004)
The Giant Encyclopedia of Kindergarten ActivitiesJackie's Review: Learning can be fun!  Part of a new series, this 640-page, Kindergarten-focused activity book is one of the most complete and organized compilations that I've reviewed to date. Teachers, daycare providers and home educators will be floored by the sheer number of activities contained here, along with the ease of use.  Even parents who have a child at home for the summer will be amazed at what they'll find in this huge book of fun.  Hours of fun and learning without the negative stimulation of some video games and television programming.  There are enough hands-on activities here to last your child a very long time - even age-appropriate recipes for your little chef!  Activities are broken down by topic and theme. You'll find that a rainy day never has to be a dreary day!  Time-saving activities for any day of the week abound and nothing is missing - find everything inside: art activities, book recommendations, circle time activities, dramatic play, fine and gross motor development activities, finger plays, songs and poems, holiday-specific activities, morning greetings, music and movement, outdoor play, rest or nap time ideas, sand and water play, science and nature lessons, snacks and cooking, social development enrichment and development, and last but not least, making transitions.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone who works with children ages 4-6.
For More Information: You can find out more about this book and other Gryphon House publications at http://www.ghbooks.com or call 1-800-638-0928.  Order this book at http://www.ghbooks.com/showbook.cfm?code=18595.
Some other books in this series:

The Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Three-Year-Olds

The Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Four-Year-Olds

Norma's comments about this series: The Giant Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities is a complete book of activities to help teach and enhance a preschooler's skills. I found the book easy to follow and the activities very age appropriate. I feel the book is well written and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. This book would be a good resource for a new teacher to help plan her daily activities and dress her classroom for those activities. This book may also be helpful for a parent (who is working with her first preschooler) who is interested in preparing a child for preschool.





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