Kindergarten Preparation Checklist Now Available

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The Tessy & Tab Reading Club offers parents a comprehensive checklist to help their preschooler get ready to start the first day of kindergarten.

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Blue Lake Children's Publishing, publisher of The Tessy & Tab Reading Club, announced today that parents can download the complete Kindergarten Preparation Checklist at

The Kindergarten Checklist provides parents with tips such as:
-- Visit the school with your child. If possible, arrange a meeting with the teacher. Learn where the bathrooms are and how they work - especially urinals for boys.
-- Prepare to ride the bus by ensuring your child knows the bus number and/or the driver.
-- Practice a sleeping schedule for school. Begin putting your child to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night, and waking them earlier in the morning so their sleeping schedule will be in place when school starts.
-- Make a list with your child of what can be packed for lunch and snacks as well as what should be in your child's backpack each morning.
-- Plan a special "First Day" family dinner. Make a fun meal and use the meal time for discussing the first school day.
-- And many more.

Parents can download and print the checklist at

In July, Blue Lake Children's Publishing and Educational Productions announced the Kindergarten Countdown Toolkit to help parents and preschoolers make the transition into Kindergarten as easy as possible. The toolkit contains an award-winning 18-minute DVD, five Tessy & Tab magazines about school-related activities and the Kindergarten Checklist. Due to an overwhelming interest in the checklist, Blue Lake Children's Publishing has decided to make the complete list available to parents as a complimentary download.

About Blue Lake Children's Publishing
Founded in 2002 and based in Portland, Oregon, Blue Lake Children's Publishing creates magazines with engaging characters and innovative formats that capture the imagination of today's media-savvy children. Blue Lake's first product is The Tessy & Tab Reading Club, which combines a children's magazine subscription with tools for parents to help their preschooler get ready to read. This reading program builds early reading skills in children ages 2-6 and was developed to support the Six Skills for Early Literacy endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, call 1-800-921-3284 or visit

Linda Collier
Blue Lake Children's Publishing
503-595-6651 office
503-267-8373 cell


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