Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in prekindergarten and preschool.
8 Picture Books About Trading PlacesCharacter-switching stories can nurture imaginative play, teach early learners empathy, and foster social and emotional learning.289
Tips to Help Students With Their HandwritingThese simple tricks to improve motor skills can empower young learners to feel more in control of their handwriting.
Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain DevelopmentRich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.122.3k
How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It MattersTeaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.56.5k
For Young Kids, The Power of Play-Based LearningNew 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.11.1k
Bringing a Dog to SchoolA veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.62.5k
8 Picture Books About Using Technology to Connect With OthersThese books with characters who use tech to communicate with those they can’t be with in person should engage early learners.202
What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through ChildhoodThe author of "The Importance of Being Little" on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.42.7k
Time to Play: More State Laws Require RecessUnstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.46.3k
Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less StructuredOn 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.31.5k
Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being SillyThe 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.”27.7k
22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade LevelsSuggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.23.6k
Using Stories to Support Mathematical Thinking in Young StudentsChildren’s books often contain valuable lessons that can help young students begin to think like mathematicians.1.1k
Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early GradesFive ways teachers can celebrate and extend the linguistic expertise of young students who speak two or more languages.10.2k
How to Help Students Get Used to MasksIn many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.10.4k