For those of you currently facilitating school readiness programs in the library, or if you have plans to launch a school readiness program, here is one model that could provide a template for your curriculum. Kindergarten Gear Up is a kindergarten readiness program developed by the San Diego County Library to help both kids and caregivers prepare for kindergarten. It is targeted toward families whose children have not attended preschool. Kindergarten Gear Up is a series of ten one-hour sessions that can be scheduled once a week for ten weeks, or twice a week for five weeks. There are separate activities for children and caregivers, so successful implementation requires two programming spaces and at least two to three staff members. All the Kindergarten Gear Up content is freely available for any library to adapt into its programming. Content includes detailed lesson plans, a library of activities, booklists, caregiver handouts and discussion questions (in English and Spanish), posters, fliers, activity sheets, and more. Please note that this is a time-intensive program series. If you maintain a full program calendar, you will probably want to replace a current program rather than add Kindergarten Gear Up.
Kayla Morin-Riordan, Goodwin Public Library-Farmington , better known to most as the Master of Small-Spaces shared photos of her space-saving puppet theater. There is an Etsy pattern here, but she just looked at the picture and made it up instead of buying the pattern. Thank you Kayla for sharing!
https://storytimesolidarity.com/ supports librarians, teachers, and educators in developing diverse, equitable, and inclusive early literacy programming and book collections. They share songs, tips, resources, and book recommendations that support little learners, their families, and fellow educators.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.