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Linking early learning and elementary learning can help children and families experience smooth transitions and continuity of practice from early learning into the kindergarten year. The Issaquah School District is committed to actively growing our partnerships with community preschools and in-home care providers to support this collaborative vision. Opportunities for involvement and professional development, as well as resources, will be posted to this page below.

Upcoming Events:

Purposeful Mathematics Instruction for Preschoolers:
A Professional Learning Opportunity for Preschool Providers

Kendra Lomax who is an elementary mathematics teacher, educator, and Managing Director of Teacher Education by Design at the University of Washington College of Education will be presenting.  Did you know that math skills upon entering kindergarten is a strong predictor of later academic success? In fact it is a better predictor of later success than early reading ability! Join us for an interactive session focused on counting. We will address why counting is important, the mathematical thinking involved, and explore ways we can support young children as they learn to count.  Click here for an informational flyer and to register.

 

Counting is Key for Young Children:
An Evening of Learning for Parents

Kendra Lomax who is an elementary mathematics teacher, educator, and Managing Director of Teacher Education by Design at the University of Washington College of Education will be presenting.  Did you know that math skills upon entering kindergarten is a strong predictor of later academic success? In fact it is a better predictor of later success than is early reading ability. Young children are amazing mathematicians! In this session, we’ll examine the mathematical thinking that is involved in counting, why it is so important, and explore fun and engaging ways families can support their young children as they learn to count.  Click here for an informational flyer.

Professional Development Presentations:

Successful Transitioning from Pre-School to Kindergarten
Presented by Whitney White, M.Ed. - March 15, 2018

The transition to kindergarten is a pivotal time in a child's education.  Whitney White's presentation session outlined the importance of a smooth transition and provided strategies to make the transition from pre-school to kindergarten seamless.  During the presentation Whitney reviewed the Issaquah readiness data and completed a hands-on exploration of the the standard for kindergarten readiness.

Thank you for those of who attended the event.  The following is a list of materials that Whitney delivered during her presentation which can support you in your preschool activities.

Successful Transitioning from Pre-School to Kindergarten Power Point Presentation

Kindergarten Readiness Flyer

GOLD Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS)

Collaboration Presentation Notes

Articles of Interest:

  • The Education Department has a guide for preschool educators called "Let's Talk, Read, and Sing About STEM" that offers ideas on how to infuse science concepts into the early-childhood classroom. Click here for practical tips for preschool teachers and providers.

  • The NPR article, Getting the Most Out of Pre-K, ‘Most Important’ Year in School by Claudio Sanchez summarizes a guide to what a quality Pre-K program should look like from an interview with author Suzanne Bouffard. Click here to read the article.

  • Math Picture Book Analysis Guide for parents.  Use this guide to help you choose math picture books to read with your child.  A good math picture book will have all four of the positive qualities shown on the guide.  Click here to view the guide.