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Pre-K

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in prekindergarten and preschool.

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  • Using Project-Based Learning in Professional Development for Preschool Teachers

    Professional growth experiences should be designed to amplify collaboration and active exploration.
    Sarika S. Gupta
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    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
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    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
  • Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

    Dismantling tenacious myths about dyslexia—and drawing on evidence-based practices when teaching—can make a powerful difference for students with the condition.
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    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
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  • Creative Ways to Teach Breathing Practices to Young Learners

    Teachers can help students in preschool and the early elementary grades use mindfulness to find calm when they feel overwhelmed.
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  • Mo Willems characters reading

    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
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  • A dog lying patiently on the floor in a classroom between rows of chairs

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
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  • Incorporating Montessori Practices in Station Rotation

    Preschool and kindergarten teachers in non-Montessori schools can take advantage of Montessori strategies and learning materials.
    709
  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
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  • Building a Joyful Classroom Community

    In a year full of uncertainty and stress, teachers in the early grades can create a safe and even joyful learning environment.
    439
  • How to Guide Young Learners to Follow the Rules

    Tips for helping preschool students understand expected classroom behaviors and develop their social skills.
    388
  • An illustration of a little boy riding a paper airplane to the moon

    What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

    The author of "The Importance of Being Little" on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.
    39.8k
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    Time to Play: More State Laws Require Recess

    Unstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.
    45.7k

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