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Importance of Kindergarten & Preschool Readiness

Today’s school environment has become more rigorous and demanding. The preschool years (ages 3-6) of your child’s life set the stage for future academic success. When children enter kindergarten with knowledge of specific academic skills, research shows they outperform their peers and score higher on tests. Until now, it’s been difficult to find books for preschool kids learning to read that are easy to use, affordable, fun, and address the essential academic skills to help make your child school ready.

 

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Excite Learning with Books and Online Activities for Preschool Kids

The Excel-in-School Program by World Book is a kindergarten readiness product that addresses the essential early childhood concepts to help your child excel faster and farther in preschool. At the heart of the Excel-in-School Program are 12 engaging soft-cover storybooks, each addressing a crucial early childhood concept. Let's face it: Kids love to explore and learn online. The Excel-in-School Program’s kids interactive learning is a safe and secure website includes audio e-books, activities and games, and fun videos that further enhance the concepts. Children will learn, without even knowing they’re learning!

 

Easy-to-Use Program Guide for Preschool & Kindergarten Kids

World Book’s Excel-in-School Program doesn’t just support school readiness for your preschool child; it helps you work with your child in a fun and engaging way. The Excel-in-School Program Guide is packed full of step-by-step instructions and activities that link the world around you and your child directly to valuable learning. You and your child will have fun learning minutes after opening the box!

 

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What You Get

With the Excel-in-School Program, you’ll get a complete set of prek learn to read resources to prepare your preschool kids for future academic success.

--12 Storybooks – Each storybook is colorfully illustrated and addresses a key early childhood concept through the exciting adventures of Trek and his friends.

--Excel-in-School Web site 1 Year Subscription – Safe and secure for children! Interactive games and activities for each storybook that will entertain and educate your child.

--Excel-in-School Program Guide – Designed for you! Includes step-by-step instructions for using the Excel-in-School Program.

 

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How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program set the stage for academic success? 

Dr. Dawnene Hassett, professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of University of Wisconsin-Madison and World Book's consultant on early learning, discussed why it's essential for parents to prepare their children for pre-school and kindergarten and how World Book's Excel-in-School Program helps kids learn the skills they need to succeed.

 

What do kids think of  World Book's Excel-in-School Program?

A big sister discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program helps her guide her younger siblings through learning exercises and how she wishes the program was available when she was entering kindergarten.

 

How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program address essential early childhood skills and concepts?

A reading specialist discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program addresses the essential early childhood skills and concepts to help children excel faster and farther in school. She also explains how World Book's Excel-in-School Program's combination of new and traditional media helps parents work with their children in a fun and engaging way.

 

How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program engage kids in learning?

Many studies show that learning that engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations helps children better grasp difficult concepts and learn essential skills. In this video, a mother discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program fully engages even reluctant learners.

 

Why do parents chose World Book's Excel-in-School Program over other school-readiness products?

When children enter school with knowledge of specific academic skills, research shows they outperform their peers and score higher on tests. Until now, it's been difficult to find early learning resources that are easy to use, affordable, fun, and address the essential academic skills to help make your child school ready. A father explains why it's important to chose a reliable and trusted brand when selecting early-education products.

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flyTrek Learns to Fly

In this story, you and your child meet Trek for the first time on a farm in northern Europe. Each of the main characters in the storybooks—Wagtail, Crow, and Seagull—is introduced one by one. As the story unfolds, the scene is set for Trek and his three friends to start traveling the world on their adventures.

 

flyTrek Learns About Colors

Your child will learn how to identify, match, and describe colors. Trek tells of adventures in a rain forest in South America. Your child will learn about colors in the story of Trek’s interesting voyage of discovery in a rain forest in South America. The story introduces the primary colors by name and mixing to make secondary colors.

 

flyTrek Learns About Numbers

Numbers are a part of our everyday lives. Counting, matching and sorting are among the most important skills for children to learn. Trek Learns About Numbers introduces your child to the numbers one to five as Trek and his friends join in a big parade in India. Along the way, there are things to look at and count.

 

flyTrek Learns About Size

Trek flies away to Africa in a hot-air balloon. Far below, on the grassy plains, he sees many animals of different sizes. Trek’s adventure provides many opportunities to explore the ideas of size. Comparing and contrasting the different animals that Trek encounters extend both the vocabulary and ideas of size.

 

flyTrek Learns About Shapes

Trek and his friends must travel through China to solve a number of puzzles. Trek succeeds in solving the puzzles by looking at the shapes of everyday objects. As you read through the story with your child, you will be looking for and naming four basic shapes—circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.

 

flyTrek Learns About Sounds

Trek travels to a secret place in Thailand. Trek’s eyes are covered so that he has to “listen carefully” to the sounds around him. As you read through the story, the sounds provide clues to help Trek discover where he is. Listening carefully will help develop your childs concentration and understanding.

 

flyTrek Learns About Place

Young children often find it difficult to understand and describe position, direction, and distance. They need to explore these ideas through experience before they can build up an understanding and use the correct words. Trek travels to a desert in southwest Asia and is introduced to many new ideas of place and position, such as “into,” “under,” “near,” and “between.”

 

flyTrek Learns About Taste and Smell

Young children explore their world by looking and touching so it is important that they learn the words to describe their experiences. Trek and his friends suddenly feel hungry. They land in a Canadian forest where they find plenty of tasty food to eat. The animals around him describe the smell and taste of the food they like.

 

flyTrek Learns About Moving Around

A child’s mental and physical development is helped greatly by physical play. Trek and his friends find themselves in the Australian bush, helping a young Aboriginal boy look for his boomerang. This story introduces different ways of moving and the vocabulary used to describe these movements.

 

flyTrek Learns About Texture

Children discover textures long before they know the words to describe them. Trek and his friends visit Signora Pittipatti’s restaurant in Italy. They talk about their food using words to describe texture.

 

flyTrek Learns About Opposites

Each time Trek and his friends try and plan to do something, the opposite happens. The story leads you to prompt your child to anticipate what each opposite might be, before moving ahead to find the answer. The story introduces some new ideas that will enrich your child’s vocabulary.

 

flyTrek Learns About Time

This book describes the adventures of Trek and his friends during one day in Mexico. The story uses such familiar time concepts as “time to get up” and “bedtime.” These ideas are linked with the hands moving on the clock. The clock helps young children to understand that time is something we measure and that we use a clock to organize our activities during the day.

 

Key Features

flyFinally, an All-in-One System that’s Fun, Easy-to-Use, and Effective!

Talk to parents who have school-aged children, most will say the same thing. I should have done more to support learning with my child in their early years. It’s not that parents don’t want to support their child’s learning; it’s just that most don’t know how to do it. The Excel-in-School Program takes the guess work out of getting your child school ready and it doesn’t have to be complicated or boring.

 

Four Simple Steps to School Readiness!

 

#1 – Review the Program Guide

The Excel-in-School Program Guide includes a recommended Story Book sequence that scaffolds your child to increased learning. Select a Story Book and read the two page in the Program Guide that includes background on the story, an overview of the featured skills, key vocabulary words, “before you read” and “after you read” discussion prompts, and real-world activities that support the featured skill.

 

#2 – Read the Story with Your Child

Reading with your child is one of the most effective ways to support your child’s learning. Find a comfortable place with your child and enjoy every colorfully animated page of each book. Reading and discussing the story page by page will be so entertaining and bonding, you’re child won’t even realize they’re learning!

 

#3 – Discuss and Play

After reading each book, use the discussion prompts featured in the Program Guide to have a meaningful conversation that helps your child understand what was read. In addition, your child will love the games and activities featured at the back of each book and recommended in the Program Guide.

 

#4 – Explore the Interactive Website

Online learning is a natural part of children’s lives, but how do you know that it is trusted? With the Trek’s Travels website, you can trust that your child will have a safe, secure and fun learning experience. Each Story Book is supported by its own online learning center. E-book versions of each Story Book are audio narrated in English and Spanish, interactive games and activities make learning fun, and videos connect learning to the real world. Entertaining, educational, and secure! Watch a video demonstration – click here.

Research Base

The Research is Clear!

 

It’s no secret that children who participate in learning activities early in life can develop a love for learning and excel faster in school. World Book’s Excel-in-School Program provides fun and effective learning to help set the stage for your child’s future academic success. Here are excerpts from several research reports on the importance of early learning.  

 

Does Readiness Matter? How Kindergarten Readiness Translates Into Academic Success

“The answer to the ‘Does readiness matter?’ question is a resounding ‘yes!’ according to these data. Children who enter kindergarten near-proficient across all readiness skills…perform significantly better on standardized tests of English and math in third, fourth, and fifth grades….”

 

Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness. Does Readiness Matter? How Kindergarten Readiness Translates Into Academic Success. San Jose: Applied Survey Research, 2008. Applied Survey Research. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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Understanding Brain Development in Young Children

“Learning continues throughout life. However, ‘prime times’ or ‘windows of opportunity’ exist when the brain is a kind of ‘supersponge,’ absorbing new information more easily than at other times and developing in major leaps. While this is true especially in the first three years of life, it continues throughout early childhood and adolescence…. While learning later is possible, it usually is slower and more difficult. Some improvement in most skills is possible throughout life. However, providing children with the best opportunity for learning and growth during the periods when their minds are most ready to absorb new information is important.”

 

Brotherson, Sean. “Bright Beginnings #4: Understanding Brain Development in Young Children.” Fargo: North Dakota State U, 2005. NDSU Educational Materials. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture

“Stimulating early experiences lay the foundation for later learning. High-level neural circuits that carry out sophisticated mental functions depend on the quality of the information that is provided to them by lower-level circuits. Low-level circuits whose architecture was shaped by healthy experiences early in life provide high-level circuits with precise, high-quality information. High-quality information, combined with sophisticated experiences later in life, allows the architecture of circuits involved in higher functions to take full advantage of their genetic potential. Thus, early learning lays the foundation for later learning and is essential (though not sufficient) for the development of optimized brain architecture.”

 

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. “The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture: Working Paper No. 5” Cambridge: Harvard U, Center on the Developing Child, 2007. Center on the Developing Child. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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Children Better Prepared for School If Their Parents Read Aloud to Them

“Young children whose parents read aloud to them have better language and literacy skills when they go to school, according to a review published online ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Children who have been read aloud to are also more likely to develop a love of reading, which can be even more important than the head start in language and literacy. And the advantages they gain persist, with children who start out as poor readers in their first year of school likely to remain so.

 

In addition, describing pictures in the book, explaining the meaning of the story, and encouraging the child to talk about what has been read to them and to ask questions can improve their understanding of the world and their social skills.”

 

“Children Better Prepared for School If Their Parents Read Aloud to Them.” e! Science News. e! Science News, 12 May 2008. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidence

“Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emergent literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent. In addition it can promote a love for reading which is even more important than improving specific literacy skills. When parents hold positive attitudes towards reading, they are more likely to create opportunities for their children that promote positive attitudes towards literacy and they can help children develop solid language and literacy skills. When parents share books with children, they also can promote children’s understanding of the world, their social skills and their ability to learn coping strategies.”

 

Duursma, Elizabeth, Marilyn Augustyn, and Barry Zuckerman. “Reading aloud to children: the evidence.” Archives of Disease in Childhood 93.7 (2008): 554-57. Reach Out and Read. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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The Effects of Early Reading with Parents on Developing Literacy Skills

“In general, the more that mothers read to their children the greater the gains for children’s vocabulary and cognitive ability such that, by age 3 (when children begin to be interested in pre-reading activities), mothers who had been reading daily during the preceding two years had children with significantly elevated language and cognitive scores.”

 

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. “The Effects of Early Reading with Parents on Developing Literacy Skills.Cambridge: Harvard U, Center on the Developing Child, 2007. Center on the Developing Child. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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Promoting Early Literacy in Pediatric Practice

Reading to a child can stimulate more verbal interaction between the child and the parent than can toy play or other adult-child interactions. Books frequently contain more-sophisticated words than children typically encounter in spoken language, and increased vocabulary contributes to subsequent reading ability. As a pleasurable activity, reading aloud promotes many learning benefits and enhances exposure to words, sounds, letters, and stories. The age at which parents begin reading to their children is correlated with children’s language development; children who are read to from an early age tend to have higher scores on later language measures. Positive effects continue to be observable in the elementary school years.”

 

Zuckerman, Barry. “Promoting Early Literacy in Pediatric Practice: Twenty Years of Reach Out and Read.” Pediatrics 124.1 (2009): 1660-1665. Reach Out and Read. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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KU Researcher Sheds Light on Benefits of Book Reading for Children

“Most parents know that a good bedtime story can lull a child to sleep. And parents have long assumed that reading books with their child improves that child’s language skills and intellectual development.

 

So it is surprising that, until recently, there was not much real proof of the widely held notion that joint book reading improves children’s communication skills.

 

Now, a University of Kansas researcher has added to that evidence, showing that joint book reading is indeed associated with a child’s use of language and giving new details about how the variety of books and context of joint reading impacts linguistic development.”

 

“KU Researcher Sheds Light on Benefits of Book Reading for Children.” KU News. U of Kansas, 24 July 2007. Web. 7 Oct. 2011.

 

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Joint Book Reading in the Second Year and Vocabulary Outcomes

“The extant literature on joint book reading, both scholarly and popular, has strongly implicated the importance of JBR [joint book reading] as a fundamental component of emergent literacy in the young child’s environment.”

 

Richman, W. Allen, and John Colombo. Journal of Research in Childhood Education 21.3 (2007): 242-53. Home Page for Dr. John Colombo. Web. 11 Oct. 2011.

 

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How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program set the stage for academic success? 

Dr. Dawnene Hassett, professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of University of Wisconsin-Madison and World Book's consultant on early learning, discussed why it's essential for parents to prepare their children for pre-school and kindergarten and how World Book's Excel-in-School Program helps kids learn the skills they need to succeed.

 

What do kids think of  World Book's Excel-in-School Program?

A big sister discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program helps her guide her younger siblings through learning exercises and how she wishes the program was available when she was entering kindergarten.

 

How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program address essential early childhood skills and concepts?

A reading specialist discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program addresses the essential early childhood skills and concepts to help children excel faster and farther in school. She also explains how World Book's Excel-in-School Program's combination of new and traditional media helps parents work with their children in a fun and engaging way.

 

How does World Book's Excel-in-School Program engage kids in learning?

Many studies show that learning that engages and challenges children's thinking using real-life and imaginary situations helps children better grasp difficult concepts and learn essential skills. In this video, a mother discusses how World Book's Excel-in-School Program fully engages even reluctant learners.

 

Why do parents chose World Book's Excel-in-School Program over other school-readiness products?

When children enter school with knowledge of specific academic skills, research shows they outperform their peers and score higher on tests. Until now, it's been difficult to find early learning resources that are easy to use, affordable, fun, and address the essential academic skills to help make your child school ready. A father explains why it's important to chose a reliable and trusted brand when selecting early-education products.

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