Ready Freddy Goes to School

Over the past four years, the OCD’s Ready Freddy™ Program and Pittsburgh Public Schools have collaborated to develop strategies for high quality transition to kindergarten.  In 2010, every child (more than 2000!) enrolling in kindergarten in Pittsburgh Public Schools will receive a copy of Ready Freddy Goes to School to help prepare both child and parents for the start of school.

Ready Freddy Goes to School is a stand-alone book and a part of the Ready Freddy Kindergarten Club transition curriculum, a 6-session parent-child group that prepares families for the start of early childhood education and kindergarten.

Author’s Note to Parents and Caregivers:

There is no doubt that you are essential to your child’s early learning. In fact, children that have involved parents are more likely to be successful in school. This book was meant to serve as a discussion between parents and children about preparing for the start of kindergarten, a transition that nearly half of children struggle with.

Book Themes and Questions:

Every child is unique:
Ask children to describe Freddy: “What color is Freddy?”, “What do you notice about his eyes?”, “What do you notice about his mouth?”, “How old do you think he is?”, “Where do you think Freddy lives?”

Achieving Goals:
Explain the importance of preparation—involving setting and accomplishing goals—to academic success. Flip back and remind children of when Freddy gets his uniform, gets a haircut, goes to the doctor, and visits his school. Let children know that they will have many things to do to get ready for school and that their job is to help their parents.

Sharing and Friendship:
Ask if they remember some of the things Freddy did at school. After hearing their ideas, point out that he played with children and shared supplies, like crayons, with children. Tell children that in kindergarten it is important to know how to share and be a good friend.

Skill Development:
Even though Freddy is little, he knows a lot about reading and writing. Ask children if they can think of some times in the story that Freddy practiced his reading and writing. One of the things Freddy did at school was to learn about numbers. Ask them what they know about numbers already.

Self Awareness:
Ask the children if they remember all the things Freddy did to get ready for school. Then, ask how Freddy felt after his first day of school.

For more information, please contact John Kim, Associate Director 412.383.5385