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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 Opportunities for Preschool Providers:

Cultural Understanding and Misunderstanding 
Presented by Lorna Gilmour

Date:  Wednesday April 3, 2019
Time:  5:00-7:00PM
Location:  Issaquah School District Boardroom

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 is the Issaquah School District Family Partnership Specialist and, with the growing diversity in our community, she will present how culture affects our interactions.  We will focus on understanding and respecting these differences.  Click here for an informational flyer and to register.

Story Time STEM
Presented by Allison Hintz and Antony Smith

Date:  Wednesday May 1, 2019
Time:  5:00-7:00PM
Location:  Issaquah School District Boardroom

This will be an interactive session 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.  Click here for an informational flyer and to register.


Professional Development Presentations:

 

Mathematizing Read Alouds - December 4, 2018

Reading picture books with young children is a joyful activity that we can do at home and at school. 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 we can use this common literacy activity to engage children in mathematical thinking.  Kendra discussed ways to "mathematize" read alouds and how to use books foster joy and wonder for mathematics.

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.

Mathematizing Read Alouds Presentation

Mathematizing Read Alouds Handouts


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

Early Learning Connections Newsletter:

Issue One - January 2019

Issue Two - February 2019

 

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