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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 Opportunities for Preschool Providers:

Mathematizing Read Alouds - Presented by Kendra Lomax

Date:  Tuesday December 4, 2018
Time:  5:00-7:00 PM
Location:  Issaquah School District Boardroom

Reading picture books with young children is a joyful activity that we can do at home and at school.  In this session, we will explore how we can use this common literacy activity to engage children in mathematical thinking, too.  We will discuss ways to "mathematize" read alouds and use books to foster joy and wonder for mathematics.  Click here for an informational flyer and to register.


Opportunities for Preschool Families:

Community Preschool Fair:

Date:  Saturday January 12, 2019
Time:  9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location:  3924 Issaquah Pine Lake Road SE
                   Issaquah, WA  98029

Get acquainted with over 20 community preschools from the Issaquah, Redmond, Sammamish and Snoqualmie area.  A wide range of preschools will be represented and the Issaquah School District is honored to be part of this event.

Professional Development Presentations:


Counting Everything - November 6, 2018

Learning to count is more complex than we often give it credit for!  Luckily, there are endless opportunities all around us for counting.  In this session, Kendra Lomax an elementary mathematics teacher, educator, and Managing Director of Teacher Education by Design at the University of Washington College of Education explored how young children learn to count.  Kendra presented activities for engaging young children in counting, and other ways to weave counting into your daily interactions with students.  

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

Counting Everything Presentation

Cardinality is a Critical Preschool Concept

Engaging Young Minds in Literacy - October 17, 2018

Nationally acclaimed author and presenter, Matt Glover, shared strategies for nurturing preschool children as writers.  If you are interested in learning more the following two books may be of interest.

  • I Am Reading by Kathy Collins and Matt Glover
    It is vital that we support young children's reading in ways that nurture healthy reading identities, that foster and an attraction to books and a love of reading, and that teach them how to make meaning in any text they choose, whether or not they can read the words.
  • Already Ready by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover
     From the very first chapter of this informative and inspiring book, a clear picture emerges of how even three-and-four-year-olds' capacities for serious authorship can and should be supported.

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:

  • Parents play a critical role in their children's early math education.  They not only can provide math-related toys and games, but serve as role models demonstrating how math is used in everyday activities.  Click here to read the full article.  Click here to read full article in Spanish.
  • 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.