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Summer Learning Track: Here Comes Kindergarten!

Ready or not, kindergarten is coming!  Use those long, fun-filled summer days to help your young child prepare for school success. Sharing learning moments each day will have your pre-school child ready to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. 

What is a Learning Moment?  

A learning moment occurs when you and your child explore the world around through reading, singing, talking, playing and writing.  Check out the tips below on creating simple and fun learning moments with your child.  Sharing these moments each day will have your rising kindergartener on the road to a happy and successful school career.

  • Read:  Read together each day!  Share books in a wide variety of styles and topics to explore your child's natural interests and expand their knowledge of the world.  Don't forget to visit your closest library location for storytime.
  • Sing:  Sing in the car, practice your rhymes while waiting in line, make up silly songs about what you are doing together.  Children who know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old are among the best readers at age eight.
  • Talk:  Talk about what you see at the grocery store, out the car window, or just chat about your day.  Conversation helps your child make connections and learn new words.  Remember:  young children may take between 5 and 12 seconds to answer a question, so wait for it!   
  • Play:  Playing is important work!  Children learn about the world and develop a multitude of skills and abilities through play, so play every day.  Break out the dress up clothes, create a band out of pots and pans, build a sheet and chair tent, or just get those hearts pumping with a game of tag. 
  • Write:  ​ Scribble and snip your way to school readiness.  Those early scribbles build the motor skills that are necessary for writing, so bring on the crayons!  Scribble and write together.  Talking about what you're writing helps make the connection between written and spoken language.

Check out the books below for some reading fun, or ask the staff at your nearest library location for recommendations.  Remember:  fines will not accrue on children's items checked out between June and November 2014, so take home as many as you can carry! Get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own. 


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