It is easy to underestimate the amount of learning students are expected to possess BEFORE entering kindergarten — social, language, reading, math, writing and reasoning. The transition can be incredibly stressful for children, especially those who have not already experienced preschool. We recommend these classes and resources to help ease that transition.
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Cuyahoga County Public Library's free Kindergarten Club classes are intended for the families of children who are entering kindergarten in fall 2021. The whole family participates together. Kindergarten Club sessions typically include a variety of fun family activities designed to help children prepare for a successful transition to kindergarten. Children who participate in Kindergarten Club receive free books. Registration is required to attend.
Garfield Heights Branch
Mondays, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 19, August 9 / 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, September 18, October 16, November 20 / 11:00 a.m.
Maple Heights Branch
Tuesdays, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 6 / 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9 / 6:00 p.m.
North Olmsted Branch
Tuesdays, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3 / 12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, September 18, October 16, November 20 / 3:00 p.m.
Parma Heights Branch
Thursdays, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 / 12:00 p.m.
Thursdays, September 9, October 7, November 4 / 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 5, September 23, October 21 November 18 / 6:00 p.m.
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
Wednesdays, April 14, May 19, June 9, July 21, August 11 / 10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, September 8, October 13, November 10 / 6:00 p.m.
Warrensville Heights Branch
Tuesdays, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20 / 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 4 / 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, September 21, October 19, November 16 / 6:00 p.m.
Kindergarten Club is made possible in part through the generous support of November Philanthropy, PNC Grow Up Great and Starting Point.
kindergarten club online
We created this Kindergarten Club video series to help parents prepare their children for a successful transition to kindergarten from home. These video lessons are meant to be watched in order as each lesson builds upon the last one. Lessons include tips for parents, skill building activities and storytimes focused on specific kindergarten readiness skills. Supplemental materials are available for free download, below.
1. Social & Emotional Readiness
2. Math Readiness
3. Reading & Writing Readiness
4. Social Studies Readiness
5. Getting Ready for the First Day of School
Download these supplemental materials to continue your kindergarten readiness practice at home.
•Absorbed by Water
•All Around Town
•Art of Celebration
•Helping Children Transition to Kindergarten
•Learning to Fly
•Nuts About Nutrition
•Salt Dough Recipe
•See Me Learn
We recommend these resources from our digital collection to help your child learn the skills they need to make a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Watch and listen to classic books for preschoolers
BookFlix by Scholastic pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. Pairings are organized in categories like Animals & Nature, ABCs & 123s, People & Places, Family & Community, and more. BookFlix intuitive platform helps children build core proficiency skills.
Pro tip: BookFlix does not support Internet Explorer 11 is not supported. We recommend using Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge as your browser when using this resource
High quality kids entertainment parents can trust
Kanopy Kids offers commercial-free films and TV series that inspire, inform and help children develop empathy, mindfulness and self-esteem. The Kanopy Kids collection includes animated storybooks, family-friendly movies and popular titles like Arthur, Babar, Sesame Street, Maya the Bee and more. New titles are added each month. All you need is a library card to start streaming Kanopy Kids titles on your computer, TV, Roku or mobile device.
Pro tip: Look for developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media®.
Teach kids the joys of reading in a format they'll love
Tumble Book Library takes existing picture books and adds animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. You can read it, or have it read to you. Other features include read-alongs, National Geographic nature videos, language learning tools, games and puzzles.