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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:

Professional Development Opportunity for Preschool Providers:

Engaging Young Minds in Literacy - Presented by Matt Glover

Date:  Wednesday October 17, 2018
Time:  5:00-6:00PM
Location:  Issaquah School District Boardroom

Nationally acclaimed author and presenter, Matt Glover, will share strategies for nurturing preschool children as writers who are filled with stories and ideas they are eager to express.  Join us for an inspiring evening with Matt!  Click here for an informational flyer and to register.

Kindergarten Readiness Guide:

Children learn in different ways and at different rates. They come to school with varying skills. The Kindergarten Readiness document highlights some of the skills children need to be prepared for kindergarten. The Kindergarten Readiness Guide has suggestions about ways to work with your child to help him/her be more prepared and excited for school.

Kindergarten Readiness Guide (English)
Kindergarten Readiness Guide (Chinese)
Kindergarten Readiness Guide (Korean)
Kindergarten Readiness Guide (Spanish)

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.