Are You Ready for Kindergarten?
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian
Whether it’s your littlest child or your oldest child, transitioning to kindergarten can be very emotional. You want them to be confident and ready for every new experience. It’s difficult to anticipate how much your child will learn, change, and grow between now and the first day of kindergarten.
We’re unrolling a band-new series of summer programs designed to give your kids hands-on experiences that will help them transition to kindergarten. These programs can help reassure you that both you and your child are ready for Kindergarten!
Kinder-Lab: Getting to School Safely
On July 9, we’ll be giving kids an exciting opportunity to experience an Illinois Central School bus! A bus driver will walk through important safety features and help children practice loading and unloading the bus.
Do you walk to school? Don’t worry; we’ll be able to practice that, too. A Glen Ellyn Police Officer will help children practice crossing the street and walking to school safely.
This program will meet in the Youth Program Room and is limited to the first 25 children who request a nametag. Caregivers should remain with their child for the duration of this program. A completed Waiver & Permission form required.
Kinder-Lab: First day of Kindergarten
Parents know how important reading is for academic success. Storytime also has other hidden benefits, from gross-motor skills to learning how to follow directions and recognizing patterns. This is a special storytime just for 4-5 year olds. We’ll read school themed stories, celebrate your child’s first day of kindergarten, and complete a school themed craft.
The program is limited to the first 25 children who request a nametag. Caregivers should remain with their child for the duration of this program.
Sharing school themed stories can also help your child transition to kindergarten. These books might spark questions from your child about what the first day of school (and school itself) is really like.
On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do.
A young child imagines going off to kindergarten as a journey to another planet.
Kindergarten is just a week away and Monkey is not ready, but with help and encouragement from family and friends, he begins to get excited.
After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.
David’s activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, “No, David!”
Questions about the Kinder-Lab? Contact Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tags: books, Events (2018), kids, recommendations