Language and Communication Skills

Get Ready for Kindergarten

Get Ready for Kindergarten: Language and Communication Skills

Being able to express your needs and thoughts is an important part of being a Kindergartener. You can support your child in developing their language and communication skills by reading and sharing stories. Storytelling and reading help children hear new words in different settings, which helps them understand the meaning of words. Stories also help them understand the structure of sentences and verbal communication.  Use our checklist, programs, booklist, eResources, and websites to help prepare your child with the basic skills and concept standards they need to succeed in Kindergarten.


Six skills to master before starting Kindergarten


Local and online program offerings for Kindergarten Readiness


Ten books to read about language and communication skills

eResources and Websites

Free, age-appropriate eResources and websites available with your library card



  • I understand the meaning of words, stories, and songs.
  • I use words to talk about my thoughts, wants, needs, and feelings.
  • I communicate clearly so  other people can understand me.
  • I use complete sentences and connect ideas to make longer sentences.
  • I can recite familiar songs and nursery rhymes.
  • I can follow one- and two-step instructions like, “Please pick up your plate and put it in the sink.”




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eResources & Websites



ABCmouse is an interactive resource for kids ages 2-8.  Find over 8,500 activities for reading, math, science, art, music, & more.


BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading & learning for kids in grades PreK - 3rd.

Kanopy Kids: Books

Enjoy shows and animated books! Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!, Where the Wild Things Are, & more.
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Ready Rosie: Early Childhood Learning Tool for Parents

ReadyRosie provides fun, educational activities for parents to foster early literacy skills & school readiness for kids ages 0-6.


Sesame Street eBooks from Overdrive

Read more, learn more, and play more with your favorite characters from Sesame Street. This eBook collection is available via OverDrive.

Watch & Learn Library - Educational Videos for Ages 3-8

The Watch & Learn Library helps teach science and social studies to young learners through nonfiction videos, vocabulary, and quizzes.

Weston Woods: Children's Literature Videos

Explore this online collection that brings children's literature classics and modern favorites to life with interactive videos!


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