Story Time Starter: Welcome to Kindergarten!

April 19, 2016

This week at the Library we are celebrating Kindergarten Readiness Week! Did you know that SINGING, TALKING, READING, WRITING, and PLAYING are all things that you can do to get your child ready for school? Well, they are! These early literacy practices are so simple to do, but very effective at preparing your child to learn to read.

If you have a child who is getting ready to go to school for the first time, you might want to share some stories about kindergarten, especially if your child is apprehensive about leaving home or is not used to a classroom setting. From informational to humorous, we've got books that will help and entertain your soon-to-be kindergarten child!

Starting with Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School by Kimberly and James Dean, we find that although it may be difficult finding the perfect clothes to wear for the first day of school, we're all pretty cool after all! If cats aren't your thing, then the dog in Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray will be a perfect replacement. Who says dogs can't go to school?!

Next, there's always the fear that your little "monster" might not be quite prepared for school, but in Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney, we see that Patrick, the monster, can just be himself despite his worries that he's not a good enough monster yet. But what if your child worries that their new teacher might be a monster? Like Bobby, who thinks his is in My Teacher is a Monster! (no, I am not) by Peter Brown, but who finds out that she's just a normal person, we see there's nothing to worry about.

Finally, it just may be helpful for your child to imagine that going to kindergarten is like a journey to a distant planet, like in Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt. It is a bit scary, but exciting at the same time. These and other stories will help your child feel confident and prepared in the next few months for the start of their educational journey!



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