Monday, August 6, 2007

August Spotlight: Getting School Ready

From social skills to the ABCs...
Starting school can be an exciting, but often stressful, transition for a young child. Whether a child is heading off to preschool, child care, or kindergarten for the first time in September, parents want to know that their child is ready for this big transition and off to a good start.

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. Preparation for success in school begins at birth - by talking, playing, singing, and reading with your child. Through healthy and predictable daily routines, caring adults, and an early literacy-rich environment, children can build the skills they need to become successful readers and learners for life.

This month, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Youth Services Department is spotlighting resources to help parents and children transition into preschool and kindergarten. Our Birth to Six website provides links to local and national organizations dedicated to helping prepare children for success in school. In addition to articles covering such topics as how to select a preschool and activities to help reinforce skills needed in kindergarten, the Birth to Six website focuses on library materials to share with your child to ease anxieties and build excitement for that very special first day!

For more information, visit or contact your library and youth services librarians.

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