"Ready, Set, Kindergarten": Twin Falls Library to launch preschool education

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Twin Falls Public Library wants to help families get their kids prepared for kindergarten next year.

The library will launch its "Ready, Set, Kindergarten" program in January, aiming to provide the necessary tools for four-year-olds when they start heading into those kindergarten classrooms.

"Even if they're not in a preschool situation or even if they're the first child in the family and maybe mom and dad don't know what's expected at kindergarten, hopefully they can come to our program and be totally ready for that first day of kindergarten," said Kasi Allen, the children's librarian.

Each lesson will focus on letters and number recognition, Allen explained.

"Each week will be different. (We) will have the letter of the week, where we'll talk about how to write it, what sound it makes, how to see that letter in the wild, which is such an important part of of the literacy puzzle. We'll cover a different kindergarten readiness concept," Allen said.

The program was developed by looking at other institutions out of state, she added. She said Idaho is just one of the few remaining states that don't offer public preschool opportunities.

The program is a free service and all families are welcome to attend and a dinner will be provided after the evening lessons.

The lessons are only open to children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019.

The morning class will be on Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and the night class will be on Jan. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Anyone that may have questions on the program can contact the Twin Falls Public Library and ask for Kasi Allen.

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