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

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    Helping Preschoolers to See Themselves and Others in Literature

    An author studies program focused on Black, Indigenous, and authors of color helps students to both see themselves and learn about different cultures, traditions, and families.
    Sarah McMenamin
    101
  • Elementary-aged girl writes on paper at home

    5 Ways to Support Children Learning to Write

    Handwriting instruction benefits from exercises that help young children build muscle memory, strength, and dexterity.
    200
  • Girl looking into puddle on beach

    Using Nature to Engage Students in Learning

    Nature comes in all shapes and sizes—from a park to a potted plant—and teachers can use it to spark learning and build a classroom community.
    312
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    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.
    83.1k
  • One girl helps another girl in pre-school class.

    A Culture of Kindness in Early Childhood Classrooms

    Encouraging kindness in the early grades helps children develop behaviors that have value far beyond their school years.
    2.3k
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    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.
    31.1k
  • Pre-school students sitting on floor in classroom

    Creating a Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Classroom

    Ensuring that all students see their culture reflected in the curriculum and classroom materials is crucial.
    3.3k
  • 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.
    49.4k
  • 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.”
    25.7k
  • Pre-school children sitting on rug in classroom

    Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

    Five ways teachers can celebrate and extend the linguistic expertise of young students who speak two or more languages.
    7.8k
  • First grade classroom with students and teacher wearing masks while socially distanced

    When Young Children Return to the Classroom

    A look at how one first grade teacher creates routines and fosters a safe, nurturing environment for her students.
    2.7k
  • 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.
    59.8k
  • 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.
    33.4k
  • Child swinging on a swing

    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.
    40.6k
  • An elementary school student wears a mask during a drama camp activity

    How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

    In many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.
    10.1k

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