Get set for kindergarten!

You may not be ready to think about your child's very first day of school yet. How dare we even bring it up! But - we've got a great resource for you to enjoy with your children this summer, so we hope you don't mind too much.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library can be your partner in helping prepare your little ones for kindergarten. Whether your child is starting school in the fall, or the following year or two, we've got you covered.

Getting ready, month-by-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!).

One of the recommended activities for July is to experience new cultures. One night each week, choose a culture to explore: cook its food, play games from the area, make decorations that represent the culture and share facts that you and your children have learned. And don't forget to track your exploration as a Summer Break activity!

Dive right in to begin preparation now, or bookmark this page for future use.

Get hands-on experience

Attend one of the Library's Get Set 4 K programs, offered at Mint Hill, Matthews or South County Regional (be sure to register online). These programs focus on different skills to help prepare children (and their caregivers) for starting kindergarten, such as identifying shapes, counting, selecting food in the cafeteria, cutting with scissors, carrying a tray, etc. Find a date that works for you, there are only a few sessions left this summer. 

Read up

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.

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!