The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten

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'I liked kindergarten from the very 1st day,? begins the narrator of this very funny and touching picture book. However, she notices, ?My mom was happy for me, of course, but I got the feeling that she was also a little sad? to leave her. So one day the little girl invites her mom to join the kindergarten class for the day, which turns out to be a real learning experience --- for both of them. Somehow her mom just can't get any of the rules right: she barges to the front of the line, she shouts out without raising her hand, she slams down her scissors during Craft Time. How embarrassing! In a wonderful role reversal that will delight young children, the girl must become the patient and sometimes frustrated expert who instructs her mom on how to behave.

Author Maureen Fergus has found a unique way of telling a school story that allows children to feel rewarded about how much they know. The spare style and juvenile sensibility of the artwork by Mike Lowery perfectly conveys the hilarity of the story. This book would be a popular, entertaining read-aloud, especially for kindergartners themselves. It ties in beautifully to character education lessons on patience or perseverance. The little girl is a wonderful role model for how to be generous and kind to others who are struggling with something new, while also providing a humorous lesson on why it's important to follow the rules.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781554536986
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lowery, Mike 1980-


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oakridge2015_0 Feb 02, 2015

It was a funny store becasa mom s don/nt go to school and she was verery sad, fatima.

jamesboltonlibrary Jan 19, 2015

"Most of us enjoyed this book. Many of us knew by the title that there would be some humour."

SPL_Childrens Aug 15, 2013

For a young kindergarten student, the day on which her mother accompanied her to school for the first time was memorable, to say the least!

Her mother was so excited at visiting her daughter’s school that she barged into the front of the line ahead of other students, forgot to remove her (very) muddy shoes in the classroom, shouted her answers out to the teacher’s questions without raising her hand, talked while the teacher was reading aloud during storytime, dropped crumbs everywhere during snack time …and neglected to clean them up. How very embarrassing for her daughter! Really ... had her mother no idea of how to act away from home?

Perhaps the worst moment of the day was when her mother swung on the jungle ropes in gym class when the class was supposed to be playing beanbag tag.

It was fortunate that the teacher, Mrs. Beaudry, was so understanding, having no doubt witnessed the first-time visits of many over-excited parents over the years. “Once your mom gets used to the way we do things, I’m sure she’ll learn how to express her thoughts and feelings in more appropriate ways,” she told the little girl.

Her teacher was right. After a few hours, her mother had learned how to use her indoor voice, listen during storytime, take turns with others and clean up any messes.

Complete with hilarious illustrations, Maureen Fergus’ role-reversal story is an entertaining way for children to learn about classroom behaviour and misbehaviour.

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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olive_bird_01 Jun 13, 2015

Inviting her mother to visit her new class, a little kindergartener discovers that there are some things that kids are better at than parents.


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