© 2012 Paul Spect
Are you ready for kindergarten? Ride a school bus. Put your belongings in a backpack. Choose an activity that will help you get ready to go to school. Countdown to Kindergarten is a model classroom that invites children and their parents to have a typical kindergarten experience. Adults can ask staff “teachers” questions they may have about the kindergarten registration process, child development milestones, and how to help their child be ready for school.
Children can practice important skills like taking turns, making a friend, and sitting in a group circle to read a story. The classroom includes a math and science area, dramatic play area, reading and writing corner, and creative arts area. Parents and teachers will find resources to support many aspects of a child’s development including curiosity, social and emotional maturity, independence skills, and physical health.
Early experiences affect the architecture of the maturing brain. Like building a house, Countdown to Kindergarten provides experiences that establish or refine children’s skills developed in the early years to help them get ready for kindergarten.
Countdown to Kindergarten is sponsored by The Institute of Museum and Library Services with matching funds from Jane's Trust, The Barr Foundation, The Lincoln & Terese Filene Foundation, State Street Corporation and United Way of Massachusetts Bay.