Early Learning

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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:

  • Creating Meaningful Preschool Learning Centers Presented by Whitney White, M. Ed.  
    The Issaquah School district invites Early Learning Providers to a professional development session which outlines how learning centers function as a powerful instructional tool, highlights developmentally appropriate and intentional materials to maximize learning and play within centers, and explores how to embed purposeful play, academics, and inquiry into your centers.

    Date:           Wednesday November 15, 2017
    Time:           5:00-6:30
    Location:    Issaquah School District Boardroom

    For more information and to register, please click here.

Professional Development Presentations:

Engaging Young Minds in Literacy - Presented by Matt Glover - October 17, 2017

Thank you for those of who attended the event.  The following is a list of books authored by Matt Glover which can support you in your preschool activities.

  • Engaging Young Writers - Preschool-Grade 1
  • Already Ready - Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten
  • I Am Reading - Nurturing Young Children's Meaning Making and Joyful Engagement with Any Book

Kindergarten Readiness:

  • Preschool experiences which are aligned to expectations for entering kindergarteners will support a  smooth transition for children. This checklist (en Español) outlines skills children entering kindergarten are expected to have.

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.