Counting The Days 'Til Kindergarten
Preparing For Reading Success


What reading experts say:

Expose your child to a wide variety of books and authors. Reading and discussing different types of literature - such as fantasy, folktales, poetry and nonfiction - promotes cognitive development in your child, according to an Education Resources Information Center Digest publication entitled "Helping Children Understand Literary Genres." Reading widely gives children an opportunity to identify similarities and differences between genres and authors.

When children become familiar with the features of different types of writing, they will know what to expect from different types of reading materials.

What good readers know:

Good readers certainly have favorite books and will read them often. Good readers are excited about all books and are receptive to reading a diverse selection of titles: nonfiction, fantasy, realistic stories and funny stories. Good readers like to choose their own titles but also ask librarians for new and interesting books during their visits to the library.

What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Week 1:
Go to the Main Library and play with the alphabet letters, blocks and more. Does your child know all her letters? Can your child spell his name and other simple words? You're almost done counting the days until kindergarten. Pick up your complimentary book at the Main Library or Westacres Branch and celebrate! Read details in the Parent Guide.
Week 2:
Read five books from the "Playing" booklist.
Week 3:
Use paper, pencils, crayons and markers, and other items around the house to "play" school.
Week 4:
Count the number of days until kindergarten begins. Mark off each day and count down to the first day of school.

  1. If your toddler or preschooler loves to play with trains and cars, use a box to create a garage or train station. Cut out tunnel holes along the bottom and add roads along the top and break out the trains and cars.
  2. It’s always fun to use household items in a variety of ways. Stacking plastic cups is a simple activity that preschoolers enjoy, but you can also make it more fun by making it into an indoor bowling game! Have them stack plastic cups in various configurations and use a small ball to knock them down. Continuously build and knock down again. It’s fun, and a great activity for building fine and gross motor skills.
  3. A great game and craft idea is to have your preschooler string pasta on yarn. Put tape on the ends of the yarn, so the yarn won’t fray. It’s a fun fine motor activity and a great activity for math concepts as well (patterning, sorting).

More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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