Ready, Set, Kindergarten

Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a 10 week program that aims to help your 3-5 year old in exploring and practicing the skills needed to ensure a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Available at all 10 library locations, this program led by HMCPL staff and is completely free for participants. See our events calendar to learn when your nearest library location is offering Ready, Set, Kindergarten and check out a school readiness kit while you're there!

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Download the weekly tip sheets here:

Week 1: Self-esteem

Week 2: Emotions (problems, worry, empathy)

Week 3: Emotions (moods, anger)

Week 4: Perseverance

Week 5: Persistence

Week 6: Measuring

Week 7: Shapes

Week 8: Counting

Week 9: Patterns

Week 10: Nature

Ready, Set, Kindergarten is made possible through funding from a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant provided to the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and donations to the Huntsville-Madison County Library Foundation's 2023 Love Your Library campaign.

Information on the tip sheets came from the following sources:

“6 Ways to Explore Nature With Preschoolers | Parenting Tips & Advice.” PBS KIDS for Parents

• 10 Ways to Develop Perseverance in Children | Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling. 1 May 2018

• Damon E. Jones et all, “Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness,” American Journal of Public Health 105(11) (2015): 2283-2290.

Talking is Teaching Highlights Guide

• “What Self-Esteem Looks like in 3-5-Year-Olds.” Sanford Health News, 6 Sept. 2021

• ZERO TO THREE. (2016, June 6). National parent survey overview and key insights.