Let's Get K Ready!

Tips for Parents and Families of Rising Kindergartners

Vol.1, No.16

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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 topic is the importance of music and info about local family fun including a FREE ticket to the Children's Museum of Richmond for rising kindergartners. To see all the "Let's Get K Ready!" newsletters, visit the Kindergarten Ready website home page and scroll to the bottom.

Music Matters!

Singing songs! Playing instruments! Dancing! Did you know music sparks learning in many ways?

From the moment of birth, children's development in all areas is enhanced by music. Exposing children to music helps them learn sounds and builds vocabulary. Playing simple instruments like a xylophone or a drum helps with coordination and fine motor skills. Clapping and dancing to music helps develop gross motor skills. Memory, cognitive development, and communication skills are also improved through music.

So, sing a song together, read stories based on songs, dance, have a family parade! It is fun and easy to incorporate music into your day. You can do it when riding in a car, making dinner, or tucking your little one into bed at night. Adding music to your day will help your future kindergartner thrive. #CCPSKREADY

Here is a list of song based picture books that you may want to check out so you can sing along with your child!

See the two links below for a couple websites that use music to promote PK-K skills.

Read Aloud by Dr. Sharon Pope

How to Read a Book - Book Reading

Local Family Fun!

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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Juneteenth in Chesterfield

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Juneteenth commemorates the day when the last enslaved African-Americans received the news that they were free. There are many ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Chesterfield County this Saturday, June 19.

  • From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit Pocahontas State Park to learn more about Juneteenth and the experience of African-American Virginians within the park system. Food trucks, entertainment, vendors, and self-guided activities will be available. Learn more here.

  • At 9:45 a.m., join the Chester YMCA for a fun, FREE Zumba class. Learn more here.

  • Virtually view Juneteenth: Its History and Cultural Significance at the Chesterfield County Library YouTube page. Join Nathan Richardson as he provides historical context to the events leading up to the original Juneteenth and the importance of recognizing Juneteenth today.

  • Join Chesterfield County Library (CCPL) and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation for special StoryWalks honoring Juneteenth this Friday, June 18 through Wednesday, June 30. For more information, visit the CCPL event calendar.

Lead Paint Info Session 6/23!

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