Countdown The Days To Kindergarten At Creative Discovery Museum

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Creative Discover Museum is inviting new kindergarteners to Countdown to Kindergarten, “How Do I Get There?” on Saturday 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 kindergarten readiness sessions designed to make parents aware of the need for their child to be kindergarten-ready as they celebrate this big step together.

In this session new kindergartners will be able to practice climbing on and off a real school bus. They will also get to practice in a mini-cafeteria as they learn to carry a tray and choose four food items. Community partners will also be present to greet children at activity tables designed to highlight the critical skills they need to be kindergarten ready.

The morning will feature a talk from guest speaker, Gena Ellis, parenting coordinator from First Things First.  Special literacy activity packs will also be given to rising kindergarteners (while supplies last). 

“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 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 helpful activities and information for new kindergartners. This list can be found on the Museum website at

On July 19, the Museum will open an hour early 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 (423) 756-2738.

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