Let me tell you about MY first day of kindergarten. I remember it well, because it's one of the more traumatizing days of my life. I didn't know how to tie shoelaces yet, so the teacher wasn't that thrilled about that. I also only knew how to write in capital letters, because that's all my mother had taught me to do. Let's add in the language barrier - when the teacher started talking about taking us all to the "restroom", I seriously thought she meant a room with a bunch of couches for us to hang out on. (Go ahead, laugh! lol) Oh, and at the end of the day, this boy named Mike P. stepped on my hand when I was bending down for something, so I hit him.
By the way, I barely squeaked out of kindergarten because I didn't learn to tie shoelaces until the end of the year. (In all fairness, mary janes made up a huge part of my wardrobe) So I'm gathering you can probably guess why it's so important that my daughter knows everything she needs to know for kindergarten, even if we're planning on homeschooling. Actually, that's one of the reasons I love Rock 'N Learn's products, because they make learning fun!
Getting Ready For Kindergarten is a 45 minute DVD for the ages 3 to 5 crowd that covers basic skills kids need to know to be ready for that first day of school - from getting dressed and that important tying their shoes, to using the restroom, writing their name, and learning left and right. It uses little animated characters named Joey and Jill, alongside kids to help teach the skills included, with plenty of music and songs to help your kids remember the skills. We're in the midst of learning picking up toys and around here, so the "Cleaning My Room" segment was definitely welcomed here! The little characters mixed with the kids seemed to be the right combination, and the songs are catchy. I recommend learning some of the songs yourself, so you can break into the songs at the right time and help your child "remember" the skills from the DVD.
A few things on the DVD may be a little much for the younger crowd, but that's the beauty of owning DVD's - you can watch a little now if you want to, and then rewatch it down the road as your child grows. A three year old might struggle a bit with learning size comparisons, but they can easily learn colors and basic counting, while a five year old getting ready this summer for the first day of kindergarten should have no problem with letter recognition, and perhaps might roll their eyes a bit at zipping their coat.
Here's a short clip from the DVD:
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Rock 'N Learn's products have been recommended by teachers, and they've also received the Parenting Seal of Approval, as well as been recognized for a Mom's Best Award for Best Products of 2010. Getting Ready For Kindergarten retails for $19.99, and you can purchase it online, at Barnes & Noble stores, and quality school supply stores. If you'd like to order via Rock 'N Learn's website though, I have a discount code that will save you 25% off your entire purchase! Just use promo code JQ7711 at checkout to have it apply to your order.
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