READY! Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is an engaging pre-school literacy and kindergarten-readiness program. By the time children enter kindergarten, they are expected to know the individual sounds that letters make, recite the alphabet, and finish a rhyming sentence (among other things). READY! Set, Read!—Tacoma aims to help pre-k children and their families prepare for the transition into a school setting. Each of the 54 books in our recommended reading list focuses on at least one of the kindergarten expectations. In addition, they help establish story time and reading as a part of an ongoing routine, both in and out of the classroom, by encouraging families to read with their children.
By attending weekly RSR-T story times with their children, parents are able to see story times modeled by certified, early-childhood learning specialists. A wealth of information and resources, these teacher-librarians can help parents support their young learners. Additionally, each RSR-T book contains a laminated panel on the front and back covers with reading tips for parents, tailored reading activities, and suggestions for similar books (available at our local public schools and libraries). Establishing partnerships between schools, families, and communities, RSR-T surrounds our students with a network of caring individuals, ensuring that they start school prepared and ready to learn.