Suggested Books from the Saint Paul Public Library

Get Ready for School

Skills to Practice this Month

Encourage your child to try new things; use crayons, pencils, scissors, buttons, zippers, forks, spoons, and other small everyday objects. Upon entering kindergarten, many children are able to draw or copy squares, triangles, circles, and other patterns. Many are able to draw a person, dress, and undress with help, and use silverware.


Help your child cut different shapes out of paper. Cut circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. Show your child how these simple shapes can be combined to make people, trees, houses, boats, and other objects. Let your child glue his designs onto paper and write his name on his creations with crayons or markers.

Sew buttons onto pieces of fabric and let your child practice buttoning and unbuttoning. You could also give your child zippers, laces, and snaps to practice these dressing skills.

Let your child set the table at the evening meal. Talk about what each piece of silverware is called and what it is used for. Have your child practice holding and using a fork, spoon, and knife. Make a fun game out of it! Can you eat peas with a knife, corn on the cob with a spoon, soup with a fork?

Get Ready to Read

Skills to Practice this Month

Invite your child to help with sending cards and letters. Writing letters to family and friends will help children recognize letters.

Be Healthy

Skills to Practice this Month

Talk about bus, car, and traffic safety rules with your child. Whether or not your child will be riding a bus to and from school, all children should be aware of car, bus, and traffic safety rules.

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