Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Doctor week in Prek K 3

I couldn't resist sharing these pictures of our future physicians.

JoAnn, our Pre K 3 teacher, who is also an adjunct teacher in early childhood education, went to a conference at St. Rose about literacy preparation in Pre K and kindergarten. They cited a longitudinal study about practices that lead to literacy success and that prevent reading problems in first grade and up. The study supported so strongly what we do in our Pre K and K.

The experience of dramatic play is crucial to children for learning story line, cooperation, language skills, and vocabulary. The same study linked free play (versus play monitored by an adult) to a development of self regulatory behavior. These are critical features of our children's daily activities through kindergarten and first grade. No wonder we have such skilled and independent readers and writers!

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