Creative Discover Museum is inviting new kindergartners to Countdown to Kindergarten, “No Tears, No Fears/Social and Emotional Readiness” on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m.-noon.
Countdown to Kindergarten is a community-wide program designed to give families the skills necessary to help their child be successful in “Big School” from the very first day of kindergarten. The program includes a series of four pre-educational sessions designed to make parents aware of the need for their child to be kindergarten-ready as they celebrate this step together. The next Countdown to Kindergarten sessions will be held on May 17, June 21 and July 19. Each month will focus on a different skill.
The focus for the May session is on social and emotional behavior. New kindergarteners will spend the morning at activity tables designed to help them build healthy social and emotional behaviors and other school-ready skills. There will also be a backpack giveaway for upcoming kindergartners.
The morning will also feature a talk from guest speaker, Donna Shields, Hamilton County Department of Education behavior specialist, and a kindergarten story time from Lee Hope of the Chattanooga Public Library.
“Countdown to Kindergarten will help parents and children get the confidence they need about the many skills required for kindergarten,” said Jenette Dean, Early Childhood manager at Creative Discovery Museum. “If your child is starting kindergarten this fall it is important to start preparing them now socially and emotionally for this big milestone.”
In addition to the four monthly sessions, the Countdown to Kindergarten community partners and the Hamilton County Department of Education have compiled a list of tips of activities and information for new kindergartners. This list can be found on the Museum website at www.cdmfun.org.
The Museum will open an hour early on May 17 at 9 a.m. only for those visitors with rising kindergartners. All activities are included with paid Museum admission.
Countdown to Kindergarten is sponsored by the Chattanooga Public Library, the Chattanooga Area Association of Education of Young Children, the Chattanooga Area Head Start and Read 20.
For more information, call 756-2738 or visit the Museum website at www.cdmfun.org.