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The Night Before Kindergarten

Last updated Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Author: Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Julie Durrell
Date of Publication: 2001
ISBN: 9780448482552
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2019

Synopsis: It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all—saying good-bye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!

Note to readers:
•  This is a whimsical rhyming story about the first day of Kindergarten written in the style of "The Night Before Christmas".

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  How did you feel on your first day of kindergarten? Excited? A little nervous?
•  Have you heard the poem, "The Night Before Christmas"?


•  kindergarten - is a German word that means "children's garden"
•  prepare - to get ready for something
•  mid-morning - middle of the morning, between breakfast and lunch
•  boarding - means getting into a vehicle that will take you to a new place ("boarding" a ship, plane, even a spaceship)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How was your first day of kindergarten like this story?
•  What is your favorite part of kindergarten?
•  If you were the teacher, what activities would you plan?

Craft ideas:
•  Write a poem about your first day at kindergarten.
•  Draw a picture of your first day at school.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Play a game mentioned in this book, like "Simon Says".
•  Make up a poem using another simple poem as a model.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!