Planet Kindergarten

Tips for "Planet Kindergarten"

As You Read:

This book has very little text so flesh out the story with your child as you go along. Talk about what is happening in each illustration and if your child has already started school, talk about the similarities and differences in their experiences. For example, when the boy gets dropped for his first day, ask your child "How did you feel when we dropped you off for the first day?" If your child hasn't started yet, ask "How do you think you will feel? What do you think you do in kindergarten?" Continue the dialogue throughout the book and ask your child how s/he thinks kindergarten will be given the story you've just read.


Extending the Story:

Looking for more stories about getting geared up for the first day of school? Check out this First Day of School themed learning guide created by one of our curators, Rebekah K.! This guide is chalk full of great book and app recommendations, songs, games, and activities geared toward getting your little one ready for the that big day! And even if the first day of school has passed, it's a great way to get kids excited about school and getting hands on with activities related to the story.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...