Play Your Way to K

Cruise Into Kindergarten with one of our Play K programs!

Beginning on Thursday, March 14, 2018, the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System started offering students who will begin Kindergarten this fall the opportunity to Play K.

With these programs developed by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, we provide families and young children the chance to play and learn the skills children need to be successful in school.  With the experiences gained from these Play K sessions, children will be better prepared to start school ready to read and ready to learn in all subject areas. The Play K curriculum provides support for Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood.

The Play K curriculum consists of materials and activities for six different playscapes, or “play and learn centers.” Each playscape is designed around an early childhood theme, or topic, to explore. A big idea (central understanding), together with one or more essential questions, provide focus for the learning experiences. Programming options are provided for each playscape to support a range of implementation based upon library staffing and community needs.

The following playscapes help create inviting learning spaces where families can talk, sing, read, write and play as they cruise into Kindergarten!

•    All Aboard (Thursday, March 14,  3:30 – 4:30pm)
•    A Home for Me, A Home for You (Thursday, March 21,  3:30 – 4:30pm)
•    Amazing Animals: Pets (Thursday, March 28,  3:30 – 4:30pm)
•    All Around Town (Thursday, April 4,  3:30 – 4:30pm)
•    Let’s Go Shopping (Thursday, April 11,  3:30 – 4:30pm)
•    My Colorful World  (Thursday, April 18,  3:30 – 4:30pm)

The sessions will be led by George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator for the Adams County Library System.   The library is thrilled to offer learning opportunities to these middle school students, and proud of their desire to make an impact on the lives of others in the community.
Play K programs are open to children who will be entering Kindergarten this fall (and their families).  Registration is required and each session will be limited to 10 families.  You are encouraged to call as soon as possible as spaces for these programs tend to fill quickly.  You can register by calling the Children’s Department of the Gettysburg branch at 717-334-5716, ext. 232.

Play is one of the five practices promoted in Every Child Ready to Read @ your library, second edition (ECRR 2). Their workshops promote the understanding that play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills.  Play helps children think symbolically; a ruler becomes a magic wand, today becomes a time when dinosaurs were alive, or a playmate becomes an astronaut exploring space. Through play, children realize that one thing can stand for another. This also helps children understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences.

So, came and Play Your Way to K at the Adams County Library!

Submitted by George Matthew, Youth Services Coordinator