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.



  • 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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