Suggested Books from the Saint Paul Public Library

Get Ready for School

Skills to Practice this Month

Encourage your child to try new things and to keep trying when they are working on difficult tasks.

Your child will encounter new experiences every day at school. Upon entering kindergarten, most children are willing to try new things and to complete tasks.

Activities

Talk to your child about what it means to be committed to a task. Talk to your child about a time when she kept trying and her hard work and effort paid off.

Ask your child to tell you what the world would be like without cars, telephones, or television. Ask him if he thinks it was easy or difficult for someone to create all these things.

Plan a project with your child that requires several steps to complete. Write out the steps. You could try planting a vegetable or flower garden or just plan and prepare a meal together. Be sure to finish each step of the project before moving on to the next step or starting something new.

Get Ready to Read

Skills to Practice this Month

Encourage your child to practice writing the letters in her own name. It’s important for children to recognize their first and last names in print.

Provide opportunities for children to talk about the letters and sounds in their name.

Provide pencils, crayons, and paper and encourage your child to practice writing the letters in her name. Write your child’s name often.

Be Healthy

Skills to Practice this Month

Help your child to learn to eat like a “big kid”. Upon entering kindergarten, your child should be able to sit at a table, eat without help, and use silverware.

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