You are either reading this article thinking, how dare they bring up going back to school - we are having too much fun this summer to think about school! Or, you are now day dreaming about the not-so-distant future when your children will finally be back in the care of their amazing teachers.
Either way, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can be your partner in enjoying the summer with your children while preparing them to enter kindergarten.
Whether your child is starting school in the fall, or the following year or two, we've got you covered.
Break in that new back pack by checking out some books
Kindergarten is a time when your child will begin developing the skills they need to read on their own. Check out this suggested reading list for rising kindergarteners developed by early literacy experts at the Library. This list is sure to keep your child reading for the fun of it all summer long. And check out Tumblebooks, Story Place and the Autism Reference Collection for even more titles and interactive literacy tools.
Remember, reading doesn't have to be a solo activity - shared reading experiences with a family member are a great bonding and learning activity. And, don't forget to log your reading for Summer Break!
Keep it exciting with new ways to Get Set 4 K each month
Help your young child prepare for kindergarten with the Library's FREE month-by-month guide to kindergarten readiness. Tips and ideas include skills development, getting ready to read, health and wellness and lots of book recommendations (for children and adults!).
Dive right in to preparation now, or bookmark this page for when you are ready.
Prepare for more than A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s
When you sign your child up for one of the Library's Get Set 4 K programs, they will not only learn about reading, writing and arithmetic - they will learn crucial skills such as selecting food in the cafeteria, cutting with scissors, carrying a tray and even washing and drying their hands in an unfamiliar school bathroom.
Find a date that works for you, there are only a few sessions left this summer.
This content also appeared on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog.