Community Literacy Efforts
In 2013 Treehouse Board and staff adopted a community-focused initiative to help parents and grandparents prepare their children for the start of school. Recognizing that many children were starting Kindergarten in local schools without the skills they needed to succeed, and that many children do not attend formal preschool programs before the start of their formal schooling, the Treehouse Board and staff organized the Early Learning Committee and worked together with schools, and community organizations, and a children's book illustrator and author, to provide new resources to both parents and teachers.
Baby Talk with Baby Bear
For the youngest children, ages birth to 2, Treehouse has created the “Baby Talk with Baby Bear” package with a booklet for new parents about the importance of talking, reading, and singing to a child from birth. The materials include a board book of “Baby Baby Sees Blue” by Ashley Wolff (Ms. Wolff’s illustrations also appear in the parent booklet) and a plush Baby Bear.
Thanks to the donor of the “Baby Talk with Baby Bear" project:
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Treehouse Museum and the author and illustrator of the Miss Bindergarten book series, Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff, have teamed up with local schools to make it easier to help children master the skills they need to start school. Together we created the Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten Activity Books for parents and children to do together over the summer months from Kindergarten Registration to the first day of Kindergarten. The kit contains the Treehouse “Get Ready for Kindergarten Activity Book” and a copy of the original Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten paperback book in a colorful cinch backpack.
To mark the start of Kindergarten and being ready to learn, Treehouse annually hosts a Kindergarten Celebration on the first Saturday of August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Treehouse. This year it's August 5. The Celebration has a circus theme and provides dozens of activity booths that reinforce the skills presented in the Get Ready for Kindergarten Activity Books.
Here are some pictures of the fun:
There are circus themed activities outside and inside the Museum as we recognize all the thousands of children who were going to school ready to learn! Miss Bindergarten herself is there to hug her young fans.
Admission for all visitors is free thanks to funding from Weber County R.A.M.P., and children starting Kindergarten receive a special event T-shirt. There are even free water and snacks available. Every year we look forward to thousands of children and parents celebrating being ready to learn as we continue to “Get Ready for Kindergarten” together!
Thanks to the major supporters of Treehouse’s Get Ready for Kindergarten Initiative:
These materials are available to school districts, individual schools, parents, and grandparents and may be purchased on our website.
Treehouse provides additional on line resources for both parents and teachers as part of our Early Learning initiative.