George Lucas Educational Foundation

Prekindergarten

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

  • Social and Emotional Learning

    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.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

    Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Key Aspects of Play in Early Education

    Some important considerations for integrating play in early childhood learning environments.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
  • Maker Education

    Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Teaching Self-Regulation in the Early Grades

    Activating young students’ natural bodily rhythms helps them regulate their nervous systems and prepare for learning.
  • Learning Environments

    7 Teacher-Tested Hacks For Elementary Classrooms

    Teachers post great ideas on Instagram for everything from keeping your room clean to getting kids moving. We’ve collected a few, plus hashtags you should follow.
  • The Research Is In

    Are We Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

    An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Creating a Diverse Classroom Library

    An interaction with a student prompts an elementary teacher to revamp her classroom library to make it more inclusive.
  • Design Thinking

    Designed for Engagement

    A school district uses monthly missions in its design studios to increase student and teacher engagement and foster self-directed learning.
  • Literacy

    Reading Buddies

    Pairing older elementary students with younger ones for community reading time has benefits for both groups.
  • Literacy

    Giving the Gift of Literacy

    When parents ask for reading suggestions for their kids, here’s a handy list you can share, broken down by grade.
  • The Research Is In

    4 Tips for Using Stories in the Early Grades

    A look at what the research tells us about sharing stories with kids in preschool and kindergarten.
  • The Research Is In

    For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot

    A new study uses brain scans to determine that for preschoolers, one type of story is just right.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Building a Strong Community of Young Learners

    An elementary teacher reflects on what grief taught her about the value of social and emotional learning and seeing the whole child.