Let's Get K Ready!

Tips for Parents and Families of Rising Kindergartners

Vol.1, No.18

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Welcome! Do you have a preschooler (0-5)? If so, this newsletter is for you! The "Let's Get K Ready!" news is filled with tips and ideas to prepare your little one for the transition to kindergarten. It is never too early to start! So, start today! If you are on a computer, subscribe for this weekly publication by selecting the orange button to the right "Follow CCPS Family and Community Engagement"; or if you are on your phone, scroll to the bottom to locate the follow button.

This week's newsletter shares reasons to start a home library and the importance of environmental print. To see all the "Let's Get K Ready!" newsletters, visit the Kindergarten Ready website home page and scroll to the bottom.

Got Books?

Growing up in a house that has books and a home library positively impacts a child's literacy and numeracy through college. So, prepare your child for kindergarten and life by keeping a variety of books in your lives. Find a special spot in your house to create a reading room or a reading corner. Put up a tent, find some cozy seating, or spread out a blanket. Crates, tubs, shelves, and baskets make great book containers.

If you can, purchase books and start a collection. Find deals at Goodwill , Chesterfield County Public Library sales, and even stores like 2nd and Charles. You can also borrow books from the local library. Listen and follow along with stories on apps such as Kindle, Audible, or Overdrive. There are so many options! Make sure to model your interest in books too. Keep a book for yourself by the bedside and in your reading nook.

No matter where you get your books or what book you choose to read to your child, here are some ideas about how to get the most out of a picture book:

  • Choose stories together! Select books that both you and your child will enjoy!

  • Have Fun! Read with expression. Make sound effects, do different voices for characters—whatever makes it fun for you and your child!

  • Make it interactive! Are there words or phrases that get repeated? Have your child join in.

  • Talk about it! Talk about the pictures and discuss the story. Make predictions about what will happen in the story.

  • Reread stories! Children become familiar and comfortable with a greater number of words as they listen to stories over and over. In addition, hearing favorite stories read aloud helps children become aware of the patterns and the rhythm of text.

During the formative years of 0-5 years old, children develop fast and your involvement in early literacy is crucial for a child’s success in school and quality of life! So, start now! Instill a love of reading in your child! It is an investment that will last a lifetime.

Check out these clever ways to store books.

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Words, Words All Around!

Environmental print is the print we see everyday life on billboards, food items, and our clothing. Signs, labels, and logos can be useful tools in teaching your little one to read. Pre-K teacher, Stephanie Knost, shares ways to boost your child's confidence in reading by using everyday items and environmental print in the video below.

Get more environmental print ideas here.

Environmental Print

CCPS Rising K-Free CMOR Admission!

Thank you to the Children's Museum of Richmond for offering CCPS rising kinders free admission this summer! See the ad below for more details!
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CCPL Summer Learning Program

Have you heard about Chesterfield County Public Library's Summer Learning Program? This summer’s theme is "Tails and Tales" - join CCPL in this Summer-long adventure of fun activities you can do at home. Submit the activities you complete and be entered to win prizes!
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Screen Time

Did you know children ages 2 to 5 should have no more than 1 hour of screen time each day? An exception to this rule is face timing with grandparents or friends which is considered quality time interacting socially with others. To get the most out of screen time and online activities, play together!