This week I thought I would post my top ten in the form of a summer reading list. I still have 7 more days of school to go, but my mind is turning to summer, especially after the BEAUTIFUL weather we had over the weekend.
My reading list is always a mix of teaching books and guilty pleasure books with a few warm & fuzzy books tossed in.
Next year I will be teaching kindergarten for the first time. I am excited and a little anxious and to be honest somewhat nervous. Although after meeting some of the little pumpkins at our kindy open house, the excited feeling is overpowering the nervous/anxious feeling.
My first few summer reads are books to help me prepare for kindy.
1. The Literate Kindergarten by Susan Kempton
6. See Poverty . . .Be the Differenceby Donna Beegle - This is our staff summer reading. I saw her speak and she is so interesting. I'm hoping this book will help my perspective of families and children in poverty and help me as a teacher understand how to work with these families that do not hold education as a priority.
7. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built - A No 1 Ladies Detective Agency Novel by Alexander McCall Smith. - I started reading this series several years ago and I'm totally hooked! It's a fast, fun read and great for my beach trip!
8. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - another guilty pleasure beach vacation book!
9. Room by Emma Donoghue - I actually already read this book, I couldn't wait for the summer. It was outstanding and disturbing and heart wrenching.
So I recognize it's an ambitious book list, but I'm pretty motivated and a somewhat fast reader.
What are you reading this summer? Being new to kindy do any of you kindergarten teaches have any suggestions for good books about the kindergarten child?
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