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

  • 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.
    Alissa Alteri Shea
  • Pre-school teacher sits with students on floor of classroom

    Recognizing Signs of Potential Learning Disabilities in Preschool

    Early intervention services can make a big difference for students who are at risk for learning disabilities. What should teachers look for?
  • Preschool students work on an art project together in class

    Supporting Preschool Families in the Transition to Kindergarten

    Child care via before- and after-school programs is vital for many parents and guardians, and preschool and elementary schools can help them navigate the options.
    400
  • 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.
    81.1k
  • 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 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.
    7.7k
  • 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.
    49k
  • Preschooler plays with letter shapes

    Play-Based Activities That Build Reading Readiness

    Preschool teachers can use these activities to promote six early reading skills even as the kids enjoy themselves.
    2k
  • 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.”
    25.2k
  • 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.
    33.1k
  • 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.
    59.5k
  • 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.
    40.4k
  • Young girl playing make believe with a newspaper hat and looking through paper roll.

    The Building Blocks of Dramatic Play

    More than costumes or props, young kids need time and space to work out the basics of how to collaborate—and their bickering is a key tool in that process.
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  • 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.
    10k
  • Preschool students walking in pairs on a sidewalk with their teachers

    Making Space for Student Choice in Preschool

    Sometimes teachers need to require kids to do certain things, and it’s easier to get their buy-in if they know their voices are heard too.
    1.5k

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