About this title: Ready for Kindergarten? is a book for parents who yearn to know how to help their preschoolers prepare for success in kindergarten. Parents are invited to retrace the author's steps from volunteer pinch hitter to full-fledged kindergarten teacher. A myriad of problems arise, begging to be solved. Much humor results from her striving to extricate herself from numerous self-induced dilemmas. As a bonus, the author asks parents to eavesdrop as she shares tips with beginning teachers, particularly on how to streamline the first day's activities to guarantee an enjoyable experience for the teacher as well as the students. Best of all, the author lays out instructions for parents to aid their offspring in preparing for a delightfully smooth kindergarten year. The hands-on ideas are priceless and can be adapted by any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, babysitter, day-care provider, or anyone who works with young children. Topics addressed: 1. Best and worst types of clothing for students. 2. Are coloring books bad for my child? Why? Why not? 3. What my child should know BEFORE entering kindergarten. 4. The powerful influence of a kindergartner on his teacher's lifestyle. 5. How can adults avoid showing favoritism? 6. How to give shy children equal attention. 7. Settling disagreements between children of different faiths. 8. Instilling hope in the student with learning disabilities.