It’s Time for Kindergarten!

It’s Time for Kindergarten!

homeschool girlSoon the sweltering sunniness of summer will give way to cool, crisp days, a colorful cacophony of leaves, and the smell of bonfires in the evening air. For some, the end of summer will herald the beginning of a new phase of childhood — schoolchild. Ready or not, here comes Kindergarten!

How do you, as a parent, deal with what is probably one of the biggest transitions of your little one’s life to date? You might be feeling all the feels yourself as you set up carpools, go shopping for backpacks and pencil cases, and answer your kiddo’s myriad questions. You might be frantically trying to remember what your first day of school was like, or to come up with a brief answer to the big question of how to make friends. You might even be trying to get in some last-minute pre-K learning with your child, to make sure they’re ready for anything come that first day of school.

Here at the library, we love people, and we love learning, and we especially love it when those two come together. We have several resources at your disposal which we hope will help to make your child’s debut in schoolyard society memorable for all the right reasons.

  • Books! That first one is a little bit of a gimme, no? Whether your children are ready to learn to read or already reading, of course we have stories for them, stories for you, and stories for you all to share.

Check out these titles:

⇒ The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – a young raccoon is anxious about leaving home for the first time, until his mother shows him a special way to carry her love with him.

⇒ Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate – one in a series, this is a fun way to review the alphabet while taking a peek at a Kindergarten classroom.

⇒ On the First Day of Kindergarten by Tish Rabe – a variation of the classic carol, this story imagines the first twelve days of school.

⇒ Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown – a reluctant monkey gets encouragement and assurance from loved ones about his impending first day of school.

⇒ Kindergarten ABC by Jaqueline Rogers – your child will be excited to experience all the new classroom has to offer, from A to Z.

⇒ coming soon: Kindergarten Is Cool! by Linda Marshall – be one of the first to request this brand-new title about all the fun awaiting your youngster at school!

  • We also have curriculum-related books that provide inspiration for conversations with your Kindergartner or include games and activities you can incorporate into daily life as a way to encourage a learning frame of mind.

⇒ Kindergarten Success by Amy James – explore your child’s learning environment and activities.

⇒ What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. – a selection geared toward the Kindergarten student including literature, history, geography, math, and science.

⇒ Games for Learning by Peggy Kaye – boost your child’s learning skills in ten minutes a day.

  • Looking for digital literacy? Check out an interactive TumbleBook, or look at the just-for-kids databases available via our website such as WorldBookKids, or visit a branch to use one of our public computers, which all have access to ABCMouse.com, a website chock-full of learning games.
  • What better way for your child to practice social skills than to be in a social setting? Attend a program — all ten branches have events every month! While not a traditional classroom environment, many of our programs feature a learning element and require children to practice classroom-acceptable behaviors (such as listening while others speak, taking turns, and sharing toys or craft supplies).

It’s never too early to practice social skills or pre-literacy skills or to build a love of learning; stop in to your local library today and ask what resources we have available for you and your budding Kindergartner!