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Preparing for Kindergarten: Is Your Child Ready for School?

Posted 4 months ago by April S

Getting your child ready to enter Kindergarten doesn't happen overnight. And most parents already know the early years are very important in terms of knowledge and skill development. But with so much going on parents can get stressed when they ask themselves -- "Is my child ready for school?" After all, children are expected to learn a lot before they begin Kindergarten.

Skills Needed Before Entering Kindergarten

  • Identify letters of the alphabet
  • Grip a pencil correctly
  • Write first name
  • Count to ten
  • Speak using complete sentences
  • Recognize common sight words
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Follow directions
  • Listen to a story without interrupting
  • Separate from parents easily

Now, this isn't everything, but you get the idea.

If you're a parent worrying about whether or not your child is ready for school - don't fret - the Library is here to help. We offer a variety of programs and resources specifically designed to support early childhood development.

If you're looking for expert advice our Ready to Read team can help. The Ready to Read program is a parent education initiative designed to help families prepare children (birth-preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build early literacy skills.

For information or to schedule a training session, please email readytoread@toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5253.

Further Reading / Online Resources:

Rhyming, ABCs and 123s

Did you know repetition plays a critical role in early childhood development?

When kids sing nursery rhymes, their ABCs or count over and over again what they're really doing is building early learning skills (and developing their brains in the process).

Repeating words, a concept or a skill allows your child to form an understanding and even attempt to imitate it. ~ Early Years Count

Nursery Rhymes

Marc Brown's playtime rhymes : a treasury for families to learn and play together
My first Mother Goose : nursery rhymes / Lisa McCue
Favorite nursery rhymes from Mother Goose / illustrated by Scott Gustafson
Mother Goose's Storytime Nursery Rhymes by Axel Scheffler
Nursery rhymes / illustrated by Hannah Wood (board book)
Nursery Rhymes: Sing Along, vol. 1 by Nashville Kids Sound
Nursery Rhymes: Sing Along, vol. 2 by Nashville Kids Sound
100 Favorite Nursery Rhyme Songs by Baby Genius
The All Time Favorite Nursery Rhymes Collection from the Countdown Kids
Disney Junior Music : Nursery Rhymes, vol. 1
Further Reading / Online Resources:

Stories in Rhyme / Rhyming Picture Books

Llama, llama red pajama / written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Ten, nine, eight / Molly Bang
Frog on a Log? by
I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
Chicka chicka boom boom / by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
Goodnight, goodnight, construction site written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Further Reading / Online Resources:

Letters / Alphabet Books

A Little Book about ABCs / illustrated by Leo Lionni and Julie Hamilton
Mrs. Peanuckle's Tree Alphabet / text by Mrs. Peanuckle
Walk and See ABC / illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Animalicious : A Quirky ABC Book / Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan
The Magic of Letters / Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor
Awesome Alphabet Collection - Sesame Street
Sesame Street - Sing the Alphabet (streaming music)
I Know My ABCs by Nashville Kids Sound (streaming music)
Storybots ABC Jamboree (streaming music)
Sesame Street Alphabet Songs - streaming video
Further Reading / Online Resources:

Numbers / Counting Books

Dr. Seuss's 123 / Dr. Seuss
1 Grumpy Bruce : A Counting Book by Ryan T. Higgins
Flip flap find! Counting 123 : lift the flaps and count to 10 / written by Violet Peto
Tomo counts around the world / Trevor Lai
Counting dinos / Eric Pinder
Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 by Bill Martin Jr. (streaming video)
Numbers & Counting Songs by Nashville Kids Sound (streaming music)
N is for Numbers! by Sesame Street (streaming music)
Storybots Number Songs (streaming music)
Preschool is Cool! Counting with Elmo by Sesame Street (streaming video)
Further Reading / Online Resources:

Looking for more books to read to your baby, preschooler or toddler?

Check out the fantastic selection of picture books from the 101 Picture Book Challenge.

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

What's the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is designed to provide all children with a strong foundation of words, reading and stories to build literacy. We picked 101 of our favorite picture books and we want you to read them, too. Our list includes classics, new titles and everything in between. Sign-up today and start reading!

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