School Readiness Redefined: Beyond the ABCs


For the sixth year in a row, Arapahoe Libraries has invited an expert in the field of early learning to talk to parents, caregivers, teachers and library staff at Koelbel and Smoky Hill Libraries.

Our speaker this year is Lisa Regalla, the assistant director of the Center for Childhood Creativity and the Bay Area Museum in San Francisco.

At the CCC, researchers look at the latest findings to discover what children will need for lifelong success. They know one thing for sure: children need to be flexible thinkers in order to make their way in today's world.

Researchers are finding that when schools focus on a narrow checklist to determine school readiness, the learning process becomes too limited and only based on content, leading to children who are not prepared for long term success. Critical pieces are missing from these checklists, including:

  • The quality of language interactions
  • Guided play
  • Math
  • Science
  • Asking good questions
  • Social skills
  • Executive functions (self-control)

We want to invite all of you to come to our special event and learn new ways to think about school readiness right along with us.

Each attendee will receive an activity bag to take home and will be eligible for door prizes. Lisa guarantees a fun and interactive presentation. You'll leave with ideas you can use right away!

Register for either of our two sessions:
School Readiness Redefined: Beyond the ABCs
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm at Smoky Hill Library
Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm at Koelbel Library

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