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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.

Professional Development Presentations:

Purposeful Mathematics Instruction for Preschoolers:

Did you know that math skills upon entering kindergarten is a strong predictor of later academic success?  In fact it is a better predictor of later success than early reading ability!  Kendra Lomax who is an elementary mathematics teacher, educator, and Managing Director of Teacher Education by Design at the University of Washington College of Education  presented an interactive session focused on counting.  Kendra's presentation addressed why counting is important, the mathematical thinking involved, and explored ways that you can support your students as they learn to count.

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 Matters Presentation

Getting Started with Counting Collections Handout

Counting is Key for Young Children: An Evening of Learning for Parents:

Young children are amazing mathematicians!  Kendra Lomax who is an elementary mathematics teacher, educator, and Managing Director of Teacher Education by Design at the University of Washington College of Education presented Counting is Key for Young Children.  Kendra examined the mathematical thinking that is involved in counting, why it is so important, and explored fun and engaging ways families can support their young children as they learn to count.

Thank you to those of you who attended the event.  The following is list of materials which can support you and your child as they learn to count.

Counting is Key for Young Children Presentation

Counting Matters Handout

5 Great Picture Books to Learn About Numbers

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.