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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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  • How to Bring Data Science Into Elementary School Classrooms

    Teachers can help students develop data literacy by asking them to collect, organize, and make sense of information about the world.
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  • For Young Kids, The Power of Play-Based Learning

    New research shows play-based learning can be more effective than direct instruction at improving outcomes for early learners—particularly in the development of mathematical and spatial skills.
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  • After Social Isolation, Preparing Our Youngest Students to Thrive

    How early-grade teachers tackled a chaotic year and helped the youngest learners acclimate to life in (actual) school. It’s work that's likely to continue this school year.
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  • 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.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    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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  • 11 Picture Books to Help Young Students Manage Their Worries

    These engaging books and guided questions can help young learners manage back-to-school anxiety, as well as worries in general.
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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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    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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  • Encouraging Young Children to Develop Their Attention Skills

    Teachers can help young students learn how to focus during class meetings by taking a multisensory approach that addresses their developmental needs.
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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.
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  • 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.
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