For Parents



Here are some ways to support your child’s readiness for school and learning:


Approaches to Learning


1. Give your child praise and feedback that focuses on their effort, choices, and strategies.  Replace “Good job! You’re so smart.” with “You worked hard on that. You’re getting smarter.”


2. Encourage your child to try new things and let them know that learning grows their brain smarter and stronger.


3. Encourage persistence.  Let them know that a little bit of struggle while learning grows their brain.

Social and Emotional Development


1. Talk to your child about their feelings and how to appropriately manage them (e.g. take a break when frustrated).


2. Teach your child how to solve problems with siblings and friends in a positive way (e.g. using words instead of hands, taking turns, sharing).


3. Talk with your child about how others are feeling and thinking so that they learn how to understand other people’s perspectives. This will help them when working and playing with others.

Language and Literacy Development


1. Read books to him/her.


2. Provide them opportunities to use new words in conversations with you.


3. Provide them opportunities to write and draw.


4. Sing and talk with them


5. Play word games (e.g. make up rhymes).


6. Visit the library or bookstore.

Cognitive Development


1. Help him/her learn about the world around them by using the places you go as a learning opportunity (e.g. grocery store, library, park, walk down the street, backyard).


2. Help him/her find answers to their wonders and questions.


3. Help them make connections between what they learn in school and life.

Physical Health and Development


1. Take your child to a free Healthy Beginnings health and developmental screening.  To sign up, go to


2. Encourage them to play outside and exercise.


3. Encourage them to make healthy eating choices.



Cultural Awareness


1. Teach your child about their native language and culture as well as about other languages and cultures.


2. Encourage your child to understand and celebrate differences and diversity.



Children's Books that Support School Readiness


Separation and Transitions


  • Kissing Hand by Audrey Hand
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • When I Feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • When I Feel Scared by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • When I Miss You by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
  • Bye-Bye Time by Elizabeth Verdick
  • I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas
  • Will You Come Back for Me? by Ann Tompert
  • Macy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
  • Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt
  • When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli
  • When Papa Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli
  • Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Whereever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
  • When Mommy Travels by Harriet Ziefert
  • Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
  • Where’s Bunny’s Mommy? by Charlotte Doyle



School Readiness



Oregon Early Learning is our State’s early learning website. Information related to the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and other early learning initiatives is available as well as various resources.



This website provides a list of kindergarten readiness skills.



This website provides a month-by-month guide for school readiness as well as a monthly information print-out.



The mission of this organization is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers. This link provides families targeted information, tips, and tools to support their children’s readiness for school.



The Foundation for Early Learning offers a free guide for parents, families, and caregivers called Getting School Ready.



PBS Parents’ website addresses important aspects of your child’s early years such as school readiness and social and emotional development. You can also find information about your children’s favorite PBS KIDS programs: schedules for your local area, educational activities related to the programs, and explanations of educational goals.





This website provides an online early literacy screening tool, a downloadable transition to kindergarten toolkit, and a variety of parent/child activities.



ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. Resources for parents include activities/projects, games/tools, tips, printouts, and podcasts.



The Reach and Read National Center works to prepare our youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Their parent webpage offers a wide variety of helpful early literacy resources to both parents and medical providers.



The IRA is an international organization whose entire mission is to improve the level of literacy for every child through disseminating professional information, providing professional development opportunities, and encouraging reading as a lifelong habit for families and educators alike.



Reading Rockets offers a wealth of strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. These resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading and comprehension skills development.



This resource from NAEYC provides an abundance of resources to support literacy development.

Kindergarten and School


  • One by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Two by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Courage by Bernard Waber
  • What Do You Do With An Idea? Kobi Yamada
  • I Can Be Anything by Jerry Spinelli
  • Anything is Possible by Giulia Belloni
  • The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
  • Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
  • The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen
  • My Teacher is a Monster (No I'm Not) by Peter Brown
  • Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman
  • My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems
  • Reach for the Stars and Other Advice for Life's Jounrey by Serge Bloch
  • On My Way to School by Sarah Maizes
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
  • Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz
  • Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee
  • David Goes to School by David Shannon
  • Elizabeti’s School by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
  • First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar
  • Francine’s Day by Anna Alter
  • Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois (Franklin va a la escuela) by Paulette Bourgeois
  • If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff (Si llevas un ratón a la escuela)
  • Mama, Don’t Go! by Rosemary Wells
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
  • I’m Your Bus by Marilyn Singer
  • My Frist Day of School by P.K. Hallinan
  • My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
  • My Teacher Sleeps in School by Leatie Weiss
  • One Happy Classroom by Charnan Simon
  • Starting School by Johanna Hurwitz
  • Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers
  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
  • Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild
  • Twelve Days of Kindergarten by Deborah Lee Rose
  • Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne F. Rockwell
  • When You Go to Kindergarten by James Howe
  • Who Will Go to School Today? by Karl Ruhmann
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go to School by Jane Yolen
  • When Dinosaurs Go To School by Linda Martin

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