Do you have children under the age of five (or know someone who does)? If so, are you always looking for fun and EASY ways to help them learn? As a mother of two, I was always looking for new ways to help prepare my toddler or preschooler for school. With my first daughter, I stayed at home and simply ran out of ideas for things to do with her. With my second daughter, I worked full-time and didn’t have the time or energy to spend looking for new ways to engage her in play and learning. Children begin learning before they ever get to school and I knew that I was their first teacher, so it was important for me to know exactly what they should be doing to get prepared for school. So, I am really excited about a new opportunity in Boone County and a few returning programs going on this summer.
On July 1st, ReadyRosie is coming to Boone County. ReadyRosie, sends daily messages, providing fun learning activities for FREE to all parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, childcare providers, older siblings, or anyone who lives in Boone County and interacts with a child from birth to age six. ReadyRosie is available in English and Spanish. The Schools know that children begin learning before they ever get to school, so they have provided this great resource to help us guide our children as they learn. Visit ReadyRosie to learn more about it and then register for this FREE Boone County resource here. After you register, you’ll see an option to download the app as well as an option to receive everything in Spanish. ReadyRosie is easily accessed through computers, phones, tablets, or other mobile devices. If you have any questions about ReadyRosie in Boone County, email Kathy Reutman from Boone County Schools at kathy.reutman@boone.
Another great option for children birth to age 5 is the preschool portion of the Boone County Summer Reading program, which began on June 1st and is going on until August 31st. Children birth to four years can complete activities to win prizes, and children 5 and up read books to earn prizes. As part of Summer Reading, we have chosen one special book for each elementary grade, including preschool. The preschool title for this year, is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Boone County Public Library will have plenty of copies available for check out. Register for Summer Reading today and help your child be ready to read when he/she begins school!
While you are at the Library to check out your books, make sure you pick up a Discover Newsletter and you can see all the great programs and storytimes that we have for children birth to age 5. Storytimes are available at any of the BCPL locations and are broken up by age. BCPL even has special storytimes for Spanish language learners and children with sensory sensitivities. All these storytimes provide parents with useful tips that they can practice at home with their children. For the complete list of storytime dates and times, see the Library’s June newsletter.
These are just a few of the great resources that are available for free both this summer and throughout the year. There are so many great options both online and in-person that make being a parent or caregiver of a preschool that much easier. I wish all of these resources had been available to me when my children were young.
Assistant Director Amanda Hopper lives in Union with her husband and two daughters. She is passionate about serving the children and families of Boone County.