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Hoboken Library Can Help Children Bee Ready for Kindergarten

25 Jan

We are excited about a great new resource we have to offer: Gale Presents: Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an interactive, online preschool curriculum, is now available free through the library. It fosters early literacy skills in children ages 3 to 6—setting them up for success in kindergarten and beyond.

This award-winning program prepares young learners for school with hundreds of guided lessons using videos, music, eBooks, and more. Kids will explore art, music, fitness, language, reading, math, science, social studies, and social and emotional learning. To ensure screen time is limited, 40 percent of the material is off-line, and printable resources and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) activities are included.

Parents and caregivers can track their child’s learning outcomes through weekly progress reports that are emailed and available online 24/7.

Best of all, Miss Humblebee’s Academy offers a safe learning environment—free of pop-ups, ads, and links to other websites.

Why wait?

Tap into the natural excitement and curiosity of children with this fun and interactive learning solution.

Visit our site for access to Miss Humblebee’s Academy and other great online resources and programs for kids. Go to our homework help and reference resources to access all the online resources the library has to offer for all ages.

Posted by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Helping Your Child Start School, Part 3: Kindergarten

9 Jul

Where did the years go?  You were just bringing your child home from the hospital, and now they are walking into a building with big kids who bear a striking resemblance to giants compared to your little one.  This is the big Kahuna, starting kindergarten.  Before you know it, your child will be in first grade and you’d better have a college account ready to go.  Meanwhile, here are some books to help make the transition to kindergarten a smooth one:

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! By Yun Hyewon.


A five year old boy comforts his mother as he sets out on his first day of real school.

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis.


Dexter is all ready for school.  However, his stuffed dog, Buster, is having some worries about how the day will go.

Kindergarten Diary, by Antoinette Portis.


Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving being part of school, in just her first short month.

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick.


Kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo who is trying his very best to get along in school.

The Night Before Kindergarten, by Natasha Wing.


Set in the form of a poem based on “The Night Before Christmas,” children get ready for school and are as excited by the new experience as if Santa was coming.

Kindergarten Countdown, by Anna Jane Hays.


Rhyming text follows a little girl as she counts down activities and days to get ready for her first day of kindergarten.

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten, by Toni Buzzeo.


A little girl who loves adventure must learn to follow rules, but it is all part of the excitement of starting kindergarten.

All of these kindergarten kick-off books can be borrowed from the Hoboken library or from the BCCLS library system.

-Written by Lois Rubin Gross, Senior Children’s Librarian

This is the last post in a three-part series that complement special story times to be held at the Hoboken Public Library in August for children starting school for the first time.

Part 1

Part 2

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