published Friday, July 13th, 2012

Countdown to Kindergarten kicks off at Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga

Creative Discovery Museum will help parents determine if their child is ready for kindergarten with a first-time event Thursday night. Countdown to Kindergarten, scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 321 Chestnut St., is intended to create excitement for this rite of passage.

Families may participate in activities that include hearing and vision screenings by Dr. Robert McGarvey from Kapperman & White Eye-care and Dr. Shawn Lancaster from the Speech and Hearing Center. Hands-on activities involving colors and shapes will keep children engaged as museum staff highlight the skills kids need to be kindergarten-ready. Checklists will be given to parents to take home for fun ways to develop skills during the summer. A fruit-wrap station with tortillas and cream cheese will be available for kindergartners and their families to promote healthy-food choices.

"Countdown to Kindergarten gives parents and kids a reason to celebrate the excitement over the first day of kindergarten," said Dr. Jayne Griffin, director of education. "Kindergarten officially marks the beginning of a child's formal education, and we want children to start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed."

Countdown to Kindergarten is a free event for all rising kindergarten students and their families. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit www.cdmfun.org.

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