Thinking about your child starting kindergarten is enough to stress any parent out but with the right advice it can be a pain free and fun experience. Even with less than two months to go until your child embarks into the academic world, Greenwich Library offers many resources to help you prepare. Teaching your child about other cultures is a great way to prepare for kindergarten.
While this may seem daunting, it can be fun too. Make another culture come to life by cooking the foods you read about, listening to the music, and making crafts. The Children’s room has many books on international folktales, kid-friendly international cookbooks and international children’s music. Some of these books include Multicultural folktales : stories to tell young children, One-time dog market at Buda and other Hungarian folktales, One Kids Cookbook and the “Cool” kids cookbook series by Lisa Wagner. In addition to teaching about cultures, practice reading skills. Read to your child in a dialog format by asking questions such as “What color is that puppy?” or “What sound does that pig make?” then follow up with another question.
The ideas in this article were provided by GetsetforK.org, a service provided to us by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, NC. The website provides a practical month by month guide for kindergarten preparation and can be found on the Children’s page under Parents and Teachers along with many other ideas on school preparation and parent resources. Besides these featured ideas, our Children’s room has Ready for Reading kits available. These kits span on topics such as travel, seasons and animals and include books, CDs, stickers, ink stamps, and puzzles as tools to ease your child into reading. Ask a librarian about them the next time you’re at Greenwich Library.
By Claudia Artandi - Greenwich Library Intern