“From birth to age 5, a child learns faster than at any other time in his or her life. Those early learning experiences influence success in school and beyond” (Ready for Kindergarten)
Developed in Washington State, Ready for Kindergarten, is an early learning program that educates parents and caregivers to support and nurture children so that they enter kindergarten prepared and eager for school. Parents attend a series of three classes scheduled in the fall, winter and summer that focus on a specific year in their child’s life from ages 0 - 5. The curriculum focus is on language and literacy, math and reasoning and social and emotional development and teaches parents about the skill set that a typical 5-year-old needs to be familiar with by the time they start kindergarten. Teaching tools (activities, best practices and educational games) are provided for parents to support their child’s learning. Central and South Kitsap School districts host Ready for Kindergarten classes for free for residents in their school districts and registration information is available on the Ready for Kindergarten website. The Fall 2017 series of Ready for Kindergarten parent classes occur at Orchard Heights Elementary School on the following dates:
- Saturdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 10:00 - 11:30am
- Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct.12 6:00 - 7:30 pm
As a librarian and facilitator for Ready for Kindergarten classes, I want to share out three language and literacy tips for parents that are always emphasized: talk and sing to your child often; help your child recognize and discern letter shapes; and to read together 20 minutes a day. Below are some Kitsap Regional Library book lists that support language and literacy development for children in their first five years.