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Our hometown libraries offer a tsunami full of kindergarten-readiness materials, both online and in print, for learners of all ages. But on this Pathway eager explorers, parents and grandparents, will enjoy learning more about the skills necessary for kindergarten on these hot summer days!

So pull down those learning swim caps - and let's get started with Kindergarten Readiness for Adults! 


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ArtLabArt Lab for Little Kids: 52 playful projects for preschoolers by Susan Schwake

Art Lab for Little Kids is a fresh source of creative activities for families and community groups or will work as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers in home school, preschool, and kindergarten environments.

BestPreschoolHow to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: the ultimate guide to finding, getting into, and preparing for nursery school by Jenifer Wana

Starting preschool is one of the biggest milestones in a child's life. With this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, you won't have to navigate the preschool process alone. Whether the nursery schools nearby enroll every child, or they're so competitive that they only accept a few applicants, this book has everything you need to know to choose and get into the right preschool for your child.

KindergartenSuccessKindergarten Success: everything you need to know to help your child learn by Amy James

Kindergarten Success shows you how to enrich your child's classroom learning and take an active role in your kindergarten s education by exploring: what your child is learning at school and the educational standards to expect in math, language arts, science, and social studies as well as the developmental skills expected of your kindergartener- and much more!

BestBooksRead with Me: best books for preschoolers by Stephanie Zvirin

This authoritative guide--with a core focus on reading readiness and helping position children to succeed in school--offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with children.

YourPreschoolerWhat Your Preschooler Needs to Know: read-alouds to get ready for kindergarten edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Designed for parents to enjoy with children, filled with opportunities for reading aloud and fostering curiosity, this beautifully illustrated anthology offers preschoolers the fundamentals they need to prepare for a happy, productive time in school--and for the rest of their lives.

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ReadyKindergartenReady for Kindergarten! from recognizing colors to making friends, your essential guide to kindergarten prep by Deborah J. Stewart

An essential guide to the upcoming school year, Ready for Kindergarten provides you ways to help your son or daughter start off on the right foot. Filled with hundreds of fun activities to practice throughout the day, this book helps you gain valuable insight into your child's capabilities as well as foster the behaviors and skills she needs to have before the big day.

SightWordsSight Words Levels 1-5 by Lisa Gardner

Sight Words Books for Preschool and Kindergarten teaches your child sight words in three easy-to-use word sets. After mastering the words in all 5 levels, your child will be a more confident beginning reader and will be ready for reading and writing in elementary school.


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Check the PLS online library calendar to find more children's programs.


Dig Deeper with Databases

Use your library card to access child development and school readiness information from magazines, newspapers and professional journals.

EBSCOHostEBSCOhost-  Provides full-text access to a large amount of information in multiple formats. Choose from a number of databases that provide kindergarten and school readiness articles, such as:

Download Free Magazines Through Flipster
Use Pioneer’s Flipster service to view free digital magazines in the Family and Kids category on your mobile device or desktop.
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Explore These Internet Resources

Oklahoma State Department of Education: Early Childhood Developmental Skills - 4 Year Old.

Oklahoma State Department of Education: Kindergarten Developmental Checklist

71 Things Your Child Needs to Know before Kindergarten

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Erie Together: Kindergarten Readiness

For more kindergarten resources available at your library, check out WORD magazine and the Explore Learning Pathways lists on the OverDrive homepage.

Check out our new Pioneer Library System Connect app! With your library card number and 4-digit PIN you'll be able to:

  • Search for Print & eBooks;
  • Place holds on Print & eBooks;
  • Retrieve eBooks that are ready for download;
  • Using OverDrive® Read technology, open & read eBooks directly in the PLS Connect app;
  • Renew Print & eBooks, that are eligible for renewal;
  • Return eBooks before the expiration date;
  • Easily get program & event information for your library.

Available for App Store for Apple and Google Play for Android.

As always, if you don't see the resources for the particular goal you have in mind, your hometown librarian will be happy to help!