Preschool and Kindergarten
Help your child get ready to read!
Parents and caregivers play an integral part in the development of children’s early literacy skills. The following resources are available for parents and caregivers to help children develop language and pre-reading skills starting at birth.
The library provides wonderful literacy-based resources for children. These specialized theme-based kits contain 10-15 items including books, multi-media items, toys, puzzles and games aimed at babies, toddlers, preschoolers. Each Kit also contains an early literacy binder full of fantastic ideas and activities to encourage pre-reading and early literacy skills.
Literacy Kits have been funded by various early literacy foundations and are available at select library locations. Click here for more information about these fantastic Literacy Kits. Search our catalogue for a listing of Literacy Kits available.
My Kindergarten Year
Vancouver Island Regional Library Announces New Kindergarten Program
Kindergarten is an exciting year for many children, as they learn essential skills to be successful in life. One of these skills is the ability to read. Vancouver Island Regional Library is encouraging kindergarteners to learn to read by providing a package called “My Kindergarten Year.” This package includes:
- A parent letter
- A pamphlet entitled “My Kindergarten Year”
- An information sheet about early literacy, including reading tips for parents
- A printed list and poster of 100 picture books to read in kindergarten
- A printed list and poster of 100 more picture books to read
“My Kindergarten Year” packages are free and available now at your local library branch.
Vancouver Island Regional Library is proud to support lifelong learning and literacy.
Kindergarten Kits are a specialized resource, modelled after the literacy kits, for children in Kindergarten. Each Kindergarten Kit contains approximately 10-15 items including books, felt stories, puppets, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and an early literacy information sheet. Kit themes are based on the Public Library Association “100 Picture Books to Read in Kindergarten” list and include Animal Stories, Folk Tales, Imagination, Concepts, Stories in Rhyme, Humorous Stories and more. These kits provide parents, caregivers and teachers the opportunity to borrow tote boxes filled with great library resources for Kindergarten students in support of the newly implemented all day Kindergarten school program.
Funded through a grant from the Raise a Reader, Times Colonist., the Kindergarten Kits can be borrowed throughout the Vancouver Island Regional Library service area. Please click here for a complete listing of Kindergarten Kits available.
Early Learning Games
Early learning games are educational games designed to build kindergarten readiness skills. Topics range from learning the alphabet to counting skills and pattern recognition.
Click here for a complete listing of Early Learning Games available to borrow.