Girls Entering Kindergarten
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Girls Entering Kindergarten

You want the best for your girl, and so do we. Whether she is just getting ready to enter kindergarten or she’s already there, Girl Scouts Daisies can expand her world outside of school.

The Daisy Launch program is designed to give your Pre-K girl a chance to participate in activities and experience all the fun and adventure that await her as a Girl Scout Daisy. As a Girl Scout Daisy in kindergarten and first grade, she’ll unleash her imagination to try a wide variety of new and exciting things. She’ll make friends, grow in confidence, and build skills that will help her in school and beyond.

Girl Scout Daisies try lots of new things, but the thing they do best is have fun! Download the FREE Family Activity Booklet and start her journey today.

Make New Friends

Your little girl is about to take a BIG step! Let Girl Scouts stand with you to support and inspire her as she makes new friends, meet new teachers, and test out new ideas. Our girl-centered kindergarten readiness series Make New Friends is free and open to any girl entering kindergarten this fall. This is a four-part virtual series hosted weekly on Tuesday (Group A) or Thursday (Group B) evenings at 6:30 p.m. MT. 

Register:
Group A: July 14 - August 4
Group B: August 6-27

Raising Awesome Girls

Raising girls to be happy, healthy, and successful is simpler than ever with help from Girl Scouts. As the largest leadership development organization for girls in the United States, we're proud to be a thought leader for all parents raising up the next generation of girls and young women. From knowing how much to help with her homework to navigating sensitive issues in the news with your family, we've got everything you need to raise girls with confidence. 

How to Get Her Ready for Kindergarten

Pencils, backpacks, and school buses. New friends, new teachers and a brand new schedule to learn. Starting school brings a lot of change for both you and your girl. But there are a few simple things you can do to help her walk through doors that first day not only ready to learn—but to go in with a big smile and a sense of confidence.

Here are five ways to prepare her for a happy, safe, and fun start to her first school year.

1. Dress her for success

Help her have a smooth first day by making sure she can move freely in her outfit. Kindergarten is a place to play, run, climb, and learn, so the fancy dress you bought last week might be best left at home. Make sure she can put on and take off her own shoes and coat. Avoid putting her in anything with complicated closures (multiple zippers, toggles, or buttons can be tricky for little ones) and opt for leggings over tights, as tights can get snagged on the playground or slip down and cause discomfort through the day.

2. Be a tourist

Many schools set aside a day to let incoming kindergartners and parents tour the classroom, so take advantage of the opportunity or ask to schedule a special visit. Also make sure to show your child the hallways, the bathroom, and other important places like the playground and library, too.

3. Get her talking

Take turns telling a story with your girl. Even if she’s got a lot of friends in your neighborhood or is known as being talkative within the family, she still may need a little boost to help her communicate with others in a new setting. Tell a piece of the story as your child listens, then ask her to pick up where you left off. It will help develop the listening and communication skills that can give her a smooth transition into kindergarten. Even simply reading books to her and asking her questions about them (Would she have made the same choices? How would she feel if she were the main character?) can help. Try stories and books about kindergarten as the first day gets closer.

4. Do a practice run

A few days before school starts, set the alarm for the new wake up time, visit the bus stop, or walk the route to school. If you have neighbors who will be attending the same school, it might be a great time to find your bus buddy—or a friendly face to join her on the first ever walk to school.

5. Celebrate her friendship skills

Reinforce the qualities that will help her make new friends, and let her know when you see those positive behaviors in action. Liked the way she shared with a younger sibling or neighborhood playmate? Tell her! Did she notice someone was sad and try to cheer her up? Let her know what a nice thing she did. It can also be helpful to help her practice introducing herself to new people. 

To Learn More

If you would like to learn more and even sample what it's like to be a Girl Scout, there are various opportunities available to you.

Discover Girl Scouts Virtual Open Houses

Free, no-obligation Discover Girl Scouts Virtual Open Houses allow you to ask questions and discover a fun, family-oriented community, and where each and every girl has endless opportunities to make friends, explore her interests, be herself, and make her world a better place! Virtual open houses provide the opportunity to learn more about Girl Scouts and the free at-home programs available. Plus, you will do a fun activity with your daughter.

Upcoming virtual open houses:

Discover Girl Scouts Virtual Meetups

Experience what Girl Scouts is like with a virtual troop meeting along with other girls. Discover Girl Scout Virtual Meetups are an opportunity for girls in K-3 to try Girl Scouts before joining. Girls will work on the Girl Scouts Citizenship badge together. 

Upcoming virtual meetups:

Girl Scouting at Home

Various virtual programs, interactive activities, and other online resources are available through Girl Scouts of Utah. For most virtual programs, girls do not have to be a Girl Scout to participate. Full program descriptions can be found on the Girl Scouting at Home page.

In addition to GSU's virtual programs, girls have access to the wide variety of programming offered by GSUSA. The national Girl Scouts at Home page features options for virtual camp, activities, national service projects, and virtual events. These resources are also sorted by grade level so you can quickly find activities for Daisies.

Upcoming GSU Programs:

  • Coding Basics
    • July 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
    • Cost: $5
    • Explore the world of coding as we work on the Daisy and Brownie Coding Basics badges. Learn about how computers think with algorithms, meet women who have changed computer science, and write your own unplugged program! This is an unplugged programming workshop. We recommend that girls in grades Pre-K - 3 attend with an adult.
  • Summer Camp: Home Edition for girls entering grades 1-5
    • July 6-10
    • Join camp directors Chocolate and Gypsy as they bring your favorite camp activities to your home! To get started, a box full of camp fun will be delivered to you. Explore badges, learn outdoor skills, create crafts, and end the week with a virtual Girl Scout campfire and optional overnight experience!
  • 5K Your Way
    • July 11 all day
    • Cost: up to $7
    • Run, walk, or hike your way to complete a 5K with your family from wherever you are. 5K Your Way brings together Girl Scout sisters from the comfort of your local neighborhood, park, or trail as we all focus on staying active together. Girls will determine the distance, location, time of day, and speed to create the perfect challenge for herself.
  • Outdoor Skills Quick Start
    • July 15 @ 3:00 p.m.
    • Cost: $5
    • Build skills, explore leadership, and develop a deep appreciation for nature by working through the newly revamped Girl Scouts of Utah Outdoor Skills patch program. This is an introductory course to the Outdoor Skills patch program aimed towards girls entering K-5, girls who are new to Outdoor Skills, or volunteers interested in learning about Outdoor Skills on a virtual platform. 
  • Astronomy Explorers Day
    • July 18 @ 11:00 a.m.
    • Cost: $5 
    • Explore space as you learn about the moon, sun, and stars! Create a moon sky book to see how the moon changes during the month, learn about how we can see the sun without looking at it, and explore star stories then make your own constellation. Girls should attend with an adult.
  • Science Explorers
    • July 29 @ 5:30 p.m.
    • Cost: $15
    • Discover the wonderful world of science! Dive into density, make messy science, and whip up a sweet treat with kitchen chemistry. This is a virtual program that includes a set of activity supplies. Supplies will be available for pick up at the office prior to the event or will be shipped. Additional supplies may be required. Brownies will earn the Home Scientist badge, available for purchase in the shop or online. Girls in grades Pre-k - 3 should attend with an adult. 
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Ready to become a Girl Scout? Join today! If you have questions, email info@gsutah.org or call (801) 265-8472. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.