Pre-school children ages three, four and five can go home from the Payson Public Library Saturday, May 31 with a free reading readiness kit.
"We want children to make a successful transition to school," Rim Country Literacy volunteer June Schranz said.
The kits are age-appropriate and include a book for each age level, a CD full of stories to listen to and sing-along songs and craft items such as safety scissors and crayons.
While children are looking at their brand new books, volunteers from Rim Country Literacy, Head Start and the school district will be in the children's room between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to speak with parents about the kits.
"It won't last but a few minutes, but we want parents or guardians to open the kits and see the tip sheet of ways they can help their child," Schranz said.
For example, a couple of tips for parents of three-year-olds are: Ask how your child feels. Encourage and praise a job well done. Give choices between two options -- would you like, an apple or a peach?
One tip for parents of four-year-olds is: Ask your child to deliver short messages to family members, then repeat them back to you.
A recommended book list comes in the reading readiness kit for parents of five-year-olds. Practice and discuss family cultural traditions, is one of the tips for fostering communication and reading skills.
The kits have an approximately $30 retail value and were purchased by Valley of the Sun United Way.
RCLP, Lynne Winans, site manager for Payson Head Start, and Payson Unified School District curriculum coordinator Gail Gorry obtained the kits through the Gila County Early Childhood Association.
It is also a good opportunity for people who might not have one to get a library card, Schranz said.