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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.

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)

Dual Language Program - Spanish Immersion

The Issaquah School district is opening a Kindergarten Spanish/English Dual Language Program beginning in the 2019/2020 school year.  We will open one kindergarten classroom at  both Clark and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools with the goal of half of the students being Spanish or Bilingual Spanish/English and half the students being English speakers.  Applications will be part of the kindergarten registration packet.

English - Follow this link to receive more information on Dual Language - Spanish Immersion Program

Spanish - Follow this link to receive more information on Dual Language - Spanish Immersion Program

Upcoming Events:


Professional Development Presentations:

 

Story Time STEM - May 1, 2019

This interactive session focused on how teachers can use read alouds and hands-on activities to facilitate rich discussions based in student thinking, developing students' mathematical and scientific thinking and engagement in STEM practices.  Allison Hintz and Antony Smith from the University of Washington Bothell were the presenters for the evening.

Thank you to those of you attended the event. The following is a link to the Story Time STEM Booklist which can support you in your preschool activities.

Story Time STEM Booklist

Cultural Understanding and Misunderstanding - April 3, 2019

How do cultural differences play out in your interactions with your preschool community?  Have you ever felt it is hard to connect with your students' parents or others due to cultural differences?  Lorna Gilmour who is the Issaquah School District Family Partnership Specialist presented how culture affects our interactions with the growing diversity in our community.  Lorna focused on understanding and respecting these differences.

Thank you to those of you attended the event. The following are links to events and materials which can support you in your preschool activities.

Cougar Ridge and Sunset Elementary School Parent Night

IVE Cultural Differences night

Cultural Books & Movies

Link to Zaretta Hammond's extra resources from her book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.

 

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