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Have fun at the library and help get your child ready for school!

In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices.  Exploring literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play will help you and your child get ready for school. The experience of learning together with peers also teaches children important social-emotional skills that will help them adjust to being in a classroom environment.  

Each week, we explore one of the five early literacy practices:  READING, WRITING, TALKING, SINGING, and PLAYING.  Parents and caregivers learn how to use these practices to develop their children’s oral language and pre-reading skills.  Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

•Talk to your children even if they aren’t talking yet.

•Talk with your child as you go through daily routines. Explain things and ask questions.

•Talk with your children in the language you know best.

•Look at family photos with your child, and tell a story about someone in the photo. Children love hearing stories told by you!

•Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks such as sorting the laundry or thinking about what to cook. This will help them learn new words!

 

•Singing slows down language so children can hear sounds and syllables. This will help them sound out words when they begin to read.

•Don’t worry if you are not a good singer. Your children will love singing with you!

•Sing with your child in the language you know best.

•Play a rhyming game on the way home today! You can even make up words as long as they rhyme! Rhyming helps children learn letter sounds.

•Read with your child every day!

•Read with your child in the language you know best.

•As you read together, point to letters and words on the page.

•Share what you read with your child. Read aloud a portion of the newspaper or a book you are reading. Talk about why reading interests you.

•In Kindergarten, children will read non-fiction a lot! Start introducing informational books now to get them ready.

•Have crayons, markers, and paper in your home.

•Scribbling leads to writing. Give your child plenty of time to scribble and draw.

•Let your child see you write in the language you know best.

•Create a writing bin! Make markers, pencils, crayons & paper easy 2 access. Create a version you can take on the go!

•Play a connect the dots game! Fill a paper with dots, and allow your child to start and end anywhere.

•Play = Learning!

•Children learn and use language by playing with one another

•Give your child time for free play during the day.

•Young children love to measure! Grab a ruler or measuring tape, & go on a walk around your house or neighborhood. Measure things as you go!

Math is everywhere in nature. Collect some sticks and grab a ruler. Guess which one is longest, shortest. Then measure them together!

Upcoming Events

Virtual Ready Set Kindergarten

Sat, May 30   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

early literacy ready set kindergarten storytime Virtual Programming

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**   

Join us for virtual Ready Set...

Cartoon of a sheep reading a book on a computer screen

Virtual Ready Set Kindergarten

Sat, Jun 6   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

early literacy ready set kindergarten storytime Virtual Programming

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**   

Join us for virtual Ready Set...

Cartoon of a sheep reading a book on a computer screen

Virtual Ready Set Kindergarten

Sat, Jun 13   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

early literacy ready set kindergarten storytime Virtual Programming

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**   

Join us for virtual Ready Set...

Cartoon of a sheep reading a book on a computer screen

Virtual Ready Set Kindergarten

Sat, Jun 20   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

early literacy ready set kindergarten storytime Virtual Programming

**While our in-person events are on hold, we are offering virtual programming via Facebook Live broadcasts from our branches!**   

Join us for virtual Ready Set...

Cartoon of a sheep reading a book on a computer screen

Past Events

Ready Set Kindergarten in Spanish

Mon, May 25   3:30 pm to 4:30 pm   Washington Irving, Auditorium

Virtual Ready Set Kindergarten

Sat, May 16   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Ready Set Kindergarten in Spanish

Mon, May 11   3:30 pm to 4:30 pm   Washington Irving, Auditorium

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