The Question on Everyone’s Mind

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Early Learning, Print Motivation, Vocabulary | 1 comment

It’s August, and there’s one big question everyone has been asking: Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? Thank goodness Audrey Vernick and Daniel Jennewein have made this fantastic book to help us find the answer. First of all, does your buffalo have a backpack? If so, your buffalo is good to go! Tell your buffalo not to worry about being the only one in class with horns and a hump – your buffalo can be proud of being the state animal for Oklahoma! And, as author Vernick reminds us, one of the things we learn in kindergarten is that everyone is special in his or her own way.

After you share this book with your students, find out what your state animal is, and make your own version of the book.  Let students come up with what your animal needs to do or have in order to be successful in kindergarten. It’s a great way to soothe any fears about achieving this major milestone, for students and their parents as well!

Update: Audrey Vernick, extremely awesome person and the author of this book, let me know that there is a free downloadable teacher’s guide for Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten available on her website! Gotta love free! Go to to get it.


One Comment

  1. I am looking forward to using this with my students this fall. Thank you again, Kristen, for a wonderful story to share. I appreciate your recommendations!

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