What is kindergarten readiness? How can I help my child get ready and how can BCPL help?

Tyra LaVerne, Early Literacy Specialist, has been with BCPL for two years. Tyra taught preschool in California for 10 years prior to moving to Kentucky with her family.

Kindergarten readiness begins at birth. It means entering kindergarten ready to learn. Visit http://kidsnow.ky.gov/School%20Readiness/Pages/default.aspx for more information on the Kentucky standards of kindergarten readiness from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. Here you can find a School Readiness brochure as well as a Parent Guide.

Parents and caregivers are their child’s first and most important teacher.  If you engage in five simple practices every day, your child will be developing the skills needed for school success.  The five practices come from the learning initiative Every Child Ready to Read*. http://everychildreadytoread.org/

The Five Practices are: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play.

Children learn about language by listening to their parents and family members TALK and by joining in the conversation. Talking and telling stories are ways children learn new information, new vocabulary, and other early literacy skills.

SINGing songs is a natural way to learn about language. Singing develops listening skills and slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Make up songs about what you are doing. Sing about folding laundry, making dinner, anything. Make it fun and include the whole family.

READing develops vocabulary and comprehension and nurtures a love for reading.  Keeping reading fun motivates children to want to learn to read. The single most important practice for Kindergarten reaStorytime 8diness is READING to your child daily.

BCPL has books, books on CD, magazines,music CDs, and e-books   available for checkout.  In addition, BCPL offers storytimes multiple times a week including evenings and weekends at all BCPL locations. http://host7.evanced.info/boonecounty/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?lib=ALL&et=storytime

Allow your child to WRITE. Practice with crayons, markers, scissors and Playdoh. As children scribble and draw, they practice eye-hand coordination and exercise the muscles in their fingers and hands. This helps develop the fine motor control they need to hold a pencil to write letters and words.

PLAY is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills.  “Play is Children’s work”.  Enter into their world each day. The library provides spaces to play with your child.

Boone County Community Early Childhood Council is offering Parent Cafes in October to help families of children, ages three to five, to learn strategies on how to prepare children to enter school.  For more information, or to register for these cafes, please call Boone County Success By 6 at 859-534-5810.

Engaging in these five simple practices will help your child develop the skills needed to be ready to enter Kindergarten. Visit http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/blog/how-museums-and-libraries-support-early-learning/ for more information about how high quality experiences for your child are available at little to no cost to you.

Your library is a vital resource in your journey to helping your child become ready for school. The library offers programming, materials, parenting workshops and screening tools to help ensure your child will be ready. As Rachel G. Payne, Coordinator of Early Childhood Services, Brooklyn Public Library said, “Library programs connect the dots between learning and play, modeling simple activities that stimulate literacy development.  Learning happens for everyone at its own pace – one book, one word, and one song at a time.”

* Every Child Ready to Read was created by ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) and PLA (Public Library Association) as a direct response to research studies that found a significant percentage of children were entering Kindergarten without the necessary skills needed to be ready to learn.

–Tyra

 

 

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