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You, Your Child and Your Library

Children’s learning starts at home and you are your child’s first and best teacher. Reading together is the most
important gift that you can give your young child. We hope that you will introduce them to the magic and
wonder of books as early as possible.

In this workbook, you will find many activities to do with your child and lots of good books to read together.
These books can be borrowed free of charge from your neighbourhood branch of the Hamilton Public Library.
No child is too young to have a library card of their very own. There is no minimum age and no charge. A
library card is a key that unlocks the world of information and imagination.

Happy reading and learning.

This workbook was made possible by a grant from the Early Years Challenge Fund provided by the Ministry of
Children and Youth Services of Ontario to the Hamilton Public Library. Additional funding was provided by The
Hamilton Community Foundation, The Share the Stories Funding Program, Special Gifts Fund: Hamilton Public
Library, National Book Service and the Community Action Program For Children.

The following community partners worked together to make this project possible:

Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board


Hamilton/Niagara National Book Service
Community Access to Child Health Settlement and Integration
Community Action Program For Services Organization
Children
Hamilton Public Library
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic
District School Board
Table of Contents

4 How to use this workbook

4 Library Basics

6 It’s My First Day of School. What do I do?

8 Kindergarten Arts Expectation Activity

16 Kindergarten Language Expectation Activity

20 Kindergarten Mathematics Expectation Activity

Kindergarten Personal and Social Development Expectation


28 Activity

33 Kindergarten Science and Technology Expectation Activity


How to use this workbook
You have been given a canvas bag, a sticker sheet and this workbook.

There are five activities in this workbook that you will complete with your child.
You may need scissors, glue, tape and crayons.
Work on one activity at a time.
Read two books from the booklist at the end of each activity. Visit your local library branch or bookmobile
stop to borrow them.
Place a sticker on the last page of each activity when you are finished.
Return the workbook to your child’s classroom when the book is complete. Your child’s teacher will put it
on display for everyone to see.

Library Basics
Library Card
Library cards are free to anyone living in Hamilton. Children 13 years of age and under, require the
signature of a parent or guardian to get a library card. Adults require two pieces of identification, showing
their name and current address.

Lost Cards
Your library card is like a credit card. You are responsible for any item borrowed on your card. Report a
lost card to your nearest branch immediately.

Returns
Materials may be returned to any branch of the Hamilton Public Library. Always check your receipt to
ensure accurate due dates. Most materials can be borrowed for 21 days but there are some popular
materials such as magazines and videos that have a shorter due date.

Overdue Notices and Bills


Overdue service charges are charged for each day that an item is late. Charges are based on the type of
material borrowed. If a child borrows adult materials, they will be charged adult charges.

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It’s My First Day of School. What do I do?
Parents should read and explain this page to their child.

Before school starts


Parents need to call your school as soon as possible in the new year to register your child for
Kindergarten (JK).

First day of school


• Be on your school playground area 10 minutes before the bell rings. You don’t want
to be late your first day of school. Remember to take a healthy snack for snack time
with your new friends. If you will be staying all day, remember to bring a lunch.

• Wait for the bell to ring.

• Once the bell rings line up at the Kindergarten door with the other children and wait
for your teacher to come and get you. Line up one child behind the other.

• The teacher will come for you and you will enter the school.

• Wave to your parents and tell them you will see them at the end of your school day.

• When inside the school, always remember to use a quiet voice. There will be lots of
other children in your new school, you do not want to be loud.

• As you walk down the hall to your class, keep your hands to yourself, always look at
the front of the line. Do not run or play in line. It is always a good idea to look at
your teacher.

• Once in your classroom, you will hang up anything you brought with you (coat,
jacket, school bag, etc.).

• The teacher will likely ask you to go and sit on the floor in the carpet area. You will
listen as your teacher reads you a story or tells you what you will be doing. Your
school day is full of lots of fun, playtime with your new friends, story time and so
much more.

• When your school day is over, you will get ready to go home. Make sure you have
helped the teacher clean up and all the toys are put away. You will be able to play
with them again the next time you are at school. Get all your things together that
you will be taking home.

• Now it is time to go home. Your parents will be waiting for you outside.

MY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL WAS SO MUCH FUN!

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Kindergarten Arts Expectation

Your child will be able to:

• Identify colours, shape and size

• Use a variety of tools and materials to create art works

Activity: Rainbow

Instructions:

1. Read and enjoy the poem Rainbow Paintbox with your child.

2. Make your own rainbow. Cut out the cloud in this booklet and colour it.

3. Each piece of the rainbow is named. Say the names of the colours of the rainbow.

4. Colour and cut out each piece of the rainbow.

5. Attach the pieces of the rainbow to the bottom of your cloud.

6. Now you have your own rainbow!

7. Join the shapes. Colour each of the shapes. For example, colour the Blue Triangle blue. Draw a line
joining each one of the shapes that is the same.

Materials

1. Scissors
2. Crayons
3. Tape or Glue to attach the rainbow strips

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Read and enjoy the poem with your child.

Rainbow Paintbox
I can see a rainbow,
when the rain has gone away.
All the colours of the rainbow
I can name them all for you today:

Red there is, a rosy red, a red so bright and bonny,


and orange as a tiger lily, so bold and tawny,

Yellow as the blazing sun, that gives us all our light,


and green as grass beneath our feet,
blue as the sky so bright.

There’s indigo, as dark as night,


and violet like flowers.

These are the colours nature paints


the sky with
after showers.

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Join the shapes

Green Square
Blue Triangle

Orange Rectangle

Purple Circle

Purple Circle

Blue Triangle

Green Square

Orange Rectangle

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Make your own Rainbow

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Make your own rainbow

Red

Orange

Yellow

Blue

Green

Purple

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Parent-Tips

v Go on a colour hunt.
Take your child grocery shopping with you. Look at the different coloured fruits and vegetables.
Say the names of the colours with your child and say the name of each fruit or vegetable.

v Sort a box of coloured candy by colour.

v Have a RED day. Colour pictures RED. Eat something RED.

v Fill empty jars with water. Mix water with food colouring to make coloured water.

Children who are read to are more likely to love books and to be good readers. Here are more
stories with colours and shapes that can be borrowed from your local public library.

Elmer’s Colors * David McKee


Floppy In The Dark * Guido van Genechten
In My World Lois Ehlert
It Looked Like Spilt Milk Charles Green Shaw
Mouse Paint Ellen Stoll Walsh
One Grey Mouse Katherine Burton
Planting A Rainbow Lois Ehlert
Red Is Best Kathy Stinson
Spot Goes To School Eric Hill
The Blue Balloon Mick Inkpen
The Very Hungry Caterpillar * Eric Carle
*Find this book at the public library in Urdu and English

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Kindergarten Language Expectation

Your child will be able to:


• Use language patterns and sound patterns to identify words and predict the next word.

Activity: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Instructions:
1. Borrow the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. from your local library. Ask your child to
look at the picture on the cover and have your child predict what the book will be about based on what
they see.

2. Before you read the story turn each page and have your child name the animals and colours.

3. Read the book together with your child.

4. Colour the animals in this booklet.

5. What sound does each animal make?

6. Have your child draw a picture of their teacher to end the story.

Materials

1. Scissors
2. Crayons

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A brown bear A red bird A yellow duck,

A blue horse A green frog A purple cat,

A white dog, A black sheep A goldfish

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My Teacher

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Parent-Tips

v Discuss the events of the story with your child.

v What happens first in the story?

v· What happens next in the story?

v· What happens last in the story?

v· Encourage your child to use household objects or toys to make other patterns:
i.e. spoon, fork, spoon, fork, spoon, fork or doll, truck, doll, truck, doll, truck

Children who are read to are more likely to love books and to be good readers. Here are more
stories with lots of repetition and patterns that can be borrowed from your local public library.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin, Jr.
Eating* Gwenyth Swain
Let’s Read* Mantra Publishing
Phrases For School* Mantra Publishing
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Bill Martin, Jr.
Sam’s First Day* David Mills
Sheep In A Jeep Nancy Shaw
The Cake That Mack Ate Rose Robart
Up, Up, Down Robert Munsch
Words For School* Mantra Publishing

*Find this book at the public library in Urdu and English.

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Kindergarten Mathematics Expectation

• Your child will be able to identify and create simple patterns.

Activity:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Instructions:

1. Read and enjoy the story with your child.

2. Cut out the finger puppets and dramatize the story with your child.

3. Cut out the ThreeBilly Goats pictures, and the three pictures of the wolf.

4. Arrange the pictures in a pattern: Troll, Goat, Troll, Goat, Troll, Goat, Troll, Goat. This is called
patterning

Materials

1. Scissors

2. Crayons

3. Tape for Finger Puppets

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Read and enjoy the story with your child.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats. They lived in a valley and the name of all three Billy Goats
was “Gruff.”
There was very little grass in the valley and the three Billy Goats were hungry. They decided to go up the hillside
to a rich meadow full of grass and wildflowers where they could eat and get fat.

But on the way to the meadow was a bridge over a stream. Under the bridge lived a Troll who was very mean and
very ugly.

First the youngest Billy Goat Gruff decided to cross the bridge. “Trip, Trap, Trip, Trap!” went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” yelled the Troll.

“It is I, the little Billy Goat Gruff,” said the little Billy Goat in a very tiny voice. “I’m going to the meadow to make
myself fat.”

“No, you’re not,” said the Troll, “for I’m going to gobble you up!”

“Oh, please don’t eat me, I’m much too little. Wait till the second Billy Goat Gruff comes along. He’s much
bigger,” said the Billy Goat.

“Well then, be off with you,” said the Troll.

Next, the middle Billy Goat Gruff decided to cross the bridge. “Trip, Trap, Trip, Trap!” went the bridge.

“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” yelled the Troll.

“It is I, the middle Billy Goat Gruff,” said the Billy Goat in a louder voice. “I’m going to the meadow to make myself
fat.”

“No, you’re not,” said the Troll, “for I’m going to gobble you up!”

“Oh, please don’t eat me. Wait till the third Billy Goat Gruff comes along. He’s much bigger,” said the Billy Goat.

“Well then, be off with you,” said the Troll.

Next the big Billy Goat Gruff started over the bridge. . “TRIP, TRAP, TRIP, TRAP!” went the bridge.

“Who’s that tramping over my bridge?” yelled the Troll.

“It is I, the big Billy Goat Gruff,” said the Billy Goat in a voice as loud as the Troll’s.

“Now I’m coming to gobble you up!” roared the Troll.

“Well let’s see you try,” said the big Billy Goat Gruff. “I’m very big and very strong.”

So up climbed that mean, ugly Troll, and the big Billy Goat Gruff butted him with his horns and pushed him off the
bridge. The Troll was never seen again.

Then the big Billy Goat Gruff went up to the meadow to join his brothers. Together they got so fat that they could
hardly walk home again.

THE END
Based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

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Cut out the finger puppets and dramatize the story with your child.

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Cut out the Three Billy Goats pictures, and the three pictures of the Troll.

Arrange the pictures in a pattern: Goat, Troll, Goat, Troll, Goat, Troll.
This is called patterning.

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Parent-Tips
v Discuss the events of the story with your child.

v What happens first in the story?

v What happens next in the story?

v What happens last in the story?

v Encourage your child to find household objects or toys and name their colours.
i.e. spoon, fork, spoon, fork, spoon, fork or doll, truck, doll, truck, doll, truck

Children who are read to are more likely to love books and to be good readers. Here are more
stories with lots of repetition and patterns that can be borrowed from your local public library.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed Eileen Christelow


Henny Penny Werner Zimmerman
Mouse Count Ellen Stoll Walsh
My Arctic 123 Michael Kusugak
Splash! * Flora McDonnell
Spot Can Count Eric Hill
The Giant Turnip * Henriette Barkow
The Three Billy Goats Gruff * Henriette Barkow
What Shall We Do With The Boo Hoo Baby? * Cressida Cowell

*Find this book at the public library in Urdu and English.

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Kindergarten Personal and Social Development Expectation

• Your child will feel wonder and curiosity about the world and demonstrate awareness of
their environment.

Activity: Family

Instructions:

1. Read and enjoy the poem Family with your child.

2. Discuss who is in your family:


How many girls?
How many boys?
What colour eyes do the people in your family have?
What colour hair do the people in your family have?
Who is the oldest?
Who is the youngest?
Where is your child in the family order?

3. Have your child draw a picture of themselves in the picture frame.

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4. Re-read the poem Family

5. Put your family in the flower garden. Place a photo of each of your family members in one of the flowers in
the garden. You may want to draw in their faces instead and you may need to add more flowers for
additional people in your family!

Materials
1. Crayons
2. Scissors
3. Glue or tape
4. Family photographs

Read and enjoy the poem with your child.

Family
Our family comes,
from many homes,
Our hair is straight
our hair is brown,
our eyes are blue,
Our skins are different
colours too.

We’re girls and boys,


we’re big and small,
we’re young and old,
we’re short and tall.
We’re everything
that we can be

and still we are


a family.

We laugh and cry,


we work and play,
we help each other
every day.
The world’s a lovely
place to be

because we are
a family.

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A picture of me

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My Family
Parent-Tips

Talk to your child about their family history.

v Tell your child the story of when they were born.

v Talk about special family events.

v Make a scrapbook of family memories.

Children who are read to are more likely to love books and to be good readers.
Here are more stories with lots of repetition and patterns that can be borrowed
from your local public library.

Carrying * Gwenyth Swain


Celebrating * Gwenyth Swain
Come On Daisy * Jane Simmons
Franklin In The Dark Paulette Bourgeois
Gifts Jo Ellen Bogart
Handa’s Surprise * Eileene Browne
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Laura Numeroff
Owl Babies Martin Waddell
Where The Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
Whose Mouse Are You? Robert Kraus

*Find this book at the public library in Urdu and English.

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Kindergarten Science and Technology Expectation

• Your child will demonstrate understanding and care of the natural world

• Your child will describe some natural occurrences

• Your child will identify patterns and cycles in their


daily lives such as the changes in the seasons


Your child will identify different kinds of weather

Activity: Seasons

Instructions:

1. Read and enjoy the poem Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall with your child.

2. Ask you child to tell you what season it is. Is it winter, spring, summer or fall?

3. Look outside the window and talk about the weather. Is it raining? Is it cloudy? Is the sun shining? Is it
hot? Is it cold? Is it snowing?

4. Talk about what clothes to wear in each season.

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5. When does it rain? In the summer? In the winter? In the spring? In the fall?

6. Make a Spider Finger puppet.


Colour and cut out the Spider Finger puppet.

8. Bend the tabs behind the puppet so that it fits your child’s finger.

7. Sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song

Read and enjoy the poem with your child.

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Make a Spider Finger Puppet

Materials

1. Crayons

2. Scissors

3. Tape or Glue to finish the finger puppet

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The Itsy, Bitsy Spider

The itsy, bitsy spider


climbed up the waterspout.

Down came the rain


and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun


and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy, bitsy spider


climbed up the spout again.

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Parent-Tips
v In the winter plan a snowman day.
v Go outside and build a snowman

v In the spring go on a spring treasure hunt.


Look for signs of spring such as buds on trees, spring flowers, green grass, dandelions, rain, people
gardening, or robins

v In the summer make a cool treat to eat outside.

v In the fall go for a walk and collect signs of fall such as dried leaves and nuts

Children who are read to are more likely to love books and to
be good readers. Here are more stories with colours and
shapes that can be borrowed from your local public library.

Big Sarah’s Little Boots Paulette Bourgeois


Elmer’s Weather * David McKee
Farmer Joe’s Hot Day Nancy Wilcox Richards
Kipper’s Snowy Day Mick Inkpen
Mud Puddle Robert Munsch
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf Lois Ehlert
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats
The Water Hole Graeme Base
Walking Through The Jungle * Debbie Harter

*Find this book at the public library in Urdu and English

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