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Pre-K Practices


Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Murray ES Murray Elementary School, (Murray, KY). Murray Elementary School’s teachers, staff, and administrators believe the key to student success is building relationships with families. For incoming kindergarten families, Murray Elementary starts the relationship building with children and families in November the year before children enter kindergarten. Murray sponsors a Future Tiger Night, where families come to… Continue Reading Transitioning Children and Families into Kindergarten

Oconto Falls Elementary School Oconto Falls Elementary School (Oconto Falls, WI). The Oconto Falls School District was one of the first in Wisconsin to develop a 4K program for all children. The OFES Early Childhood (EC) and 4K program curriculum is tightly aligned to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and provides children with a play and sensory-based learning… Continue Reading A 4-K Program for All Children

Green Valley Elementary School Green Valley Elementary School (Roanoke, VA). Our school currently enrolls 18 students aged 2 to 5, mostly from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and students with disabilities, in our preschool program. “Tools of the Mind”, the preschool curriculum, is an instructional program that encourages students to strengthen their social-emotional and cognitive abilities while learning at their capacity. Students… Continue Reading “Tools of the Mind” for Preschoolers

Tool Elementary School Tool Elementary School (Tool, TX). TES offers a Pre-K class for four year olds. The curriculum is aligned with the Kindergarten TEKS and includes academic, listening, social interaction, and communication skills. This curriculum gives each student the tools to be ready academically, physically, and mentally for kindergarten. The students learn by exploring and manipulating activities with… Continue Reading Strong Prep for Kindergarten

U.S. Department of Education Seal Glendale Elementary School (Nashville, TN). At Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary, we have two preschool classrooms; each has students with special needs. In the inclusion class, all students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and in the blended class, half of the students have IEPs. The preschool follows the Creative Curriculum, which is a comprehensive curriculum that uses… Continue Reading Co-Teaching Pre-K (in Spanish)

P.S. 39 The Henry Bristow School P.S. 39 The Henry Bristow School (Brooklyn, NY). Prekindergarten (PK) has played an important role at PS 39 for more than two decades. From its inception our PK program has consisted of two full-day programs and follows the universal PK model where each class has a maximum of eighteen students and is led by one… Continue Reading 20 Years of Pre-K Programs

McCook Elementary School McCook Elementary School (McCook, NE). Little Bison Preschool uses the High-Scope curriculum to develop children’s intellectual, academic, physical, social, and emotional development, which vertically aligns with Kindergarten entry skills. This process occurs continuously through “play” because students apply the skills they learn. Four principles guide our children’s growth and learning: 1) children are active learners, 2)… Continue Reading “Play” at the Heart of Learning

Lessenger Elementary School Lessenger Elementary (Madison Heights, MI). Our preschool focuses on language, literacy, mathematics, creativity, science, technology, and social studies, using programs similar to those K-5 teachers use: Handwriting Without Tears, read-alouds and math manipulatives. We promote independence, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem-solving. Academic standards are aligned to the state’s; students are assessed for progress and assessment… Continue Reading Lessenger Elementary School Pre-K

Students at North Harford North Harford Elementary School (Pylesville, MD). This year, North Harford Elementary School was excited to expand our existing Prekindergarten program by adopting a co-taught Prekindergarten model. This model allows our youngest learners with disabilities and our general education Prekindergarten students to work side-by-side as they build a strong foundation of skills for a successful educational career.… Continue Reading Co-Teaching Pre-K

Early reader at Stewart Elementary School LaVace Stewart Elementary School Clear Creek Independent School District Kemah, TX Under the guidance of Principal Britani Moses, LaVace Stewart helps prepare qualifying three-and four-year-olds for successful school careers by immersing them in engaging learning experiences suited to young children’s natural curiosity and energy. Pre-K classes are in Spanish or English and feature constructive play—building,… Continue Reading Meaningful Play: Pre-K Prepares Students for School Success: Stewart Elementary School

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