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Kindergarten and the Common Core: It's as Easy as ABC!
Kindergarten and the Common Core: It's as Easy as ABC!
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Capstone Professional

Kindergarten and the Common Core: It's as Easy as ABC!

How do we teach with rigor to our youngest learners? How do we implement standards that spell out quite clearly what students must know, but do not give us either the methods or materials that help our students achieve such skills? This professional resource provides practical routines and developmentally appropriate activities that foster an environment where our youngest learners can thrive in mastering core kindergarten content along with the Common Core standards. The routines and activities in this book have been thoroughly classroom tested and aligned with best practices. The authors show you how to create a magical kindergarten environment that creates a community of confident learners full of excitement and enthusiasm!

Interest LevelGrades PreK-K
BrandCapstone Professional
Page Dimensions8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count176
School/Library Price



Dr. Robert E. Marciante, CEO - CEOFranCenter Neuro-Psychological & Educational Clinic

"This rich resource has it all. Here’s a book teachers can use to facilitate the growth of neural connections in a child’s brain by laying the foundation, the building blocks, for all future learning. The authors have prepared a book early childhood educators will find invaluable in developing children’s critical and creative thinking skills. Chapter 1 establishes the philosophical basis for the text placing the common core standards in the proper perspective. ‘…we want to protect our students’ social and emotional development from a rigid, developmentally inappropriate, skill-and-drill based classroom.’ Children are not in school to be subservient to common core standards, the standards must be developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of individual learners. Embedded within the pages of this book is the need for teachers to start with the child first. The authors challenge educators as well provide a structure for understanding and accommodating the sensory-motor, social-emotional, and intellectual needs of each child and to celebrate the diversity found in every classroom. We embrace the Common Core with the understanding that children are not ‘common’ they are unique, each with his/her own special gifts, talents, and needs to be addressed, nurtured and developed. The thirty-four page appendix containing parent forms and letters, assessment checklists, and student pages will be very helpful and a big time saver for the classroom teacher. This is a book that should be in every early childhood classroom in every school in America!" - Dr. Robert E. Marciante, CEO

February 18, 2014

Rita Weber - Coordinator of Literacy PreK-6School District U-46

"Kindergarten and the Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC! is a comprehensive blueprint which provides teachers with a window into a Common Core rich classroom. Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino have captured the essence of engaging and motivating young learners with a step by step guide for standards driven instruction. The resources and tools provided in this book not only offer support for classroom teachers, but also for families to extend their child’s learning at home. I enjoyed reading this!" - Rita Weber

January 22, 2014

Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown

Kathy Brown enjoys teaching our youngest learners in the wonderful world of kindergarten. Her passion for early literacy instruction was ignited in 1987 when she did her student teaching in Australia. Her action research entitled Ladders to Literacy was published in 1998 after she earned her Master’s Degree from Aurora University. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading- Language Arts. She is also the co-author of Kindergarten and the Common Core: It?s as Easy as ABC which won Learning Magazine's 2015 Teacher's Choice Award for outstanding professional development resource. Kathy has been a kindergarten teacher for 28 years in West Aurora School District #129 and currently works at Fearn Elementary School. She was a nominee for the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Award from WGN and the Disney’s American Teacher Award. She has also been a presenter on the state,local, university and international level for the past 11 years. She is passionate about sharing her love of teaching young children at early childhood conferences everywhere! Most recently, she has presented for NAEYC in Dallas and Orlando, the I Teach Conference in Las Vegas, the annual IASCD Pre- K- Kdg Conference and the International Literacy Association Conference in St. Louis. Kathy lives in Aurora, Illinois and looks forward to the time she spends with her husband Dave and their two daughters, Ashley and Becky.

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