The Kindergarten Conversation

Pretend Play and Brain Growth

Gesell's Guide for Parents and Teachers

What does it mean to be “ready” for kindergarten? This booklet offers guidance to parents and educators attempting to assess children’s readiness to start kindergarten. The important question of what a ready child looks like is approached through the understanding that every child exists in a system that includes their school, community and family.

What is the important role of pretend play in the growth and development of young children? After exploring definitions and theories of play, this booklet examines relevant brain research, and explains the long-term academic benefits of pretend play and the development of executive function skills. Intended for parents and educators, it includes ideas for promoting pretend play at home and in the classroom.

What is the importance of a child's overall development to the learning process? This boolet investigates the relationship between home and school, and how a productive partnership can lead to a successful school experience for the child. Also included is an overview on how to determine a quality early childhood program and developmentally appropriate Kindergarten classroom, as well as the role of assessment in understanding child development.