Christina’s Corner: Kindergarten Readiness

[Source: United Way of the Quad Cities]

[Source: United Way of the Quad Cities]

Is your child starting Kindergarten this Fall?  If so, are they ready?

According to area Kindergarten teachers, one in six Quad Cities children are not ready to learn on their first day of school. The good news, there is still time to help prepare your child for school!

Stop by the library to pick up the brochure 10 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten or go to the United Way website for a preparedness quiz and suggestions on how to prepare you future kindergartner.

 

 

 

 

Chistina

Chistina

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Introducing science

Introducing scientific concepts to preschoolers and early elementary age students can be challenging. Taking ideas and theories that many adults have a difficult time conceptualizing and making them understandable and relevant is no easy task.  That is why I love the following scientific picture books.  They talk about things that your kids are asking about, in way that is factual, entertaining, and easy to understand.

gravityI was excited to read Jason Chin’s Gravity, and it didn’t disappoint.  With beautiful, eye-catching illustrations and big, easy-to-read text, Gravity would be exceptional even if it weren’t also parlaying important information.  Along with his outstanding Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Chin has proven himself a master at combining beautiful illustrations, an engaging plot, and easy to understand science. Continue reading