Our Book Club for PreK Kids - Read Learn Dream Sarasota
Read Learn Dream Sarasota is a free PreK Kids Book Club that
enrolls parents in promoting their child’s love of books and
reading. We began the book club in August 2021 with a focus on
Title 1 public schools and selected VPK programs. By the end of
the 2024 school year, the club will have placed 3,322 books into
PreK children’s homes. For many children these are their only
books. In addition to providing a book and a suggestion for a
related parents-led learning activity each month, the Club
includes a 2nd suggested activity to better prepare their child for
kindergarten.
 
Partnering with our Kiwanis Club in this program are the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota, and the
Sarasota County Library System. Funding for the PreK Kids Book Club is provided by donations from
individuals, the Sarasota Community Foundation’s Giving Challenge, and our Kiwanis Club’s Foundation.
Parents are Their Child’s First Teacher and Can Make a BIG Difference in their Child’s Education Success from the Beginning
Reading with your preschool children will significantly boost their language skills,
improve their ability to concentrate, and ignite their imagination. It builds a
strong foundation for academic success, helping them to excel in school
and beyond. Moreover, reading together strengthens the bond between
parent and child, creating cherished moments of connection and joy.
Teachers are dedicated to educating the children in their care, but
parent involvement at home will not only support teachers’ results at
school, but it will also amplify them.
 
Children in our PreK Book Club receive one book each month along
with reading hints and learning suggestions for parents. We
encourage you to look for and take advantage of local resources such as public libraries, community
centers, and school programs that offer access to books and reading activities.
 
Even a few minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in your child's future. It is well worth your
effort to support your child’s education journey. You can do this!
Pre-Kindergarten is Preparation for Kindergarten, Don’t Let it Slip Away
 
Being ready for Kindergarten isn’t just about age or choosing a school. Children entering Kindergarten are expected to take care of their clothing and bathroom needs without assistance. They are expected to follow teachers’ directions, share toys and tools, be respectful of others, and have good manners. Children are judged prepared academically if they can count to 20, know their letters (both upper and lower case), and can name shapes and colors, Much of being ready cannot be taught is school, it must be taught at home by parents. It is an important parent responsibility.