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Report: State of Kindergarten Readiness

Are today’s Pre-K students graduating fully prepared for kindergarten?

We surveyed over 300 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers and..

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Resolve Conflict Between "Doers" and "Helpers" in Pre-k

No doubt your Pre-K classroom is made up of a mix of personalities. 

You've got students that are "doers," some are "observers," some are "followers,"..

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If Not Now, When?

If boomerang issues—those that keep coming back year after year—are appearing on your list of district goals yet again, it may be time to ask yourself:..

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Dig into Big Learning

If you've ever built a sandcastle, you know that not all of them are built to last. The same is true for Pre-K activities and materials without the..

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5 Ways to Connect Families to the Pre-K Classroom

Forging relationships with your Pre-K families can sometimes feel like a full-time job. With schedules to relay, volunteers to coordinate, and..

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5 Ways to Promote Positive Social-Emotional Learning in Pre-K

Children need love and lots of it—especially during the first few weeks of Pre-K. As adults, we know (but sometimes forget) that the behavior of a..

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How to Make Story Bracelets with Dr. Jean

How smart is Dr. Jean? She takes simple things like beads and a chenille stem and turns them into a brilliant literacy experience for children.

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How to Make Magic Wands with Dr. Jean

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I am a Dr. Jean groupie. Over the years, Dr. Jean has given me (and so many others) inspiration, sparkle, and a..

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How to Make Class Books with Dr. Jean

I’m a firm believer that emergent writing should be creative and free, not feel like handwriting practice. That’s why I love Dr. Jean’s blank books...

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How to Make an "I" Phone Microphone with Dr. Jean

What is it about children and a microphone? Hand the quietest kid in your classroom a microphone and watch her turn into Beyoncé. The microphone..

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Contributors

  • Brian Childs

    Brian Childs is a veteran and former teacher in the Greater Orlando area. He has experience teaching in every grade level from elementary to adult education. He is the creator of the parenting...

  • Lesley Fields

    On my last day of kindergarten, my teacher encouraged the class to come dressed as the person they wanted to be when they grew up. Amidst a sea of cheerleaders, ballerinas, cowboys, and a...

  • Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

    Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy,...

  • Jill Eggleton

    Jill Eggleton is the author of the Key Links Literacy series. As an international educational consultant and teacher, Jill has 30 years of teaching and administration experience. She is...

  • Aimee Karr

    As a former elementary school teacher, Aimee knows the value of balance in the classroom. She uses her hands-on knowledge to create products with just the right balance of rigor and play — right...

  • Alison Schmerler

    A lifelong Letter People lover and experienced Kindergarten teacher (18 years in the classroom in fact!), I have called Abrams Learning Trends my professional home for the last 16 years....

  • Abrams Learning...

    As former educators, parents of school-age children, and former quirky kids ourselves, education is near and dear to our hearts. That’s why we have dedicated our work to supporting schools...

  • Erin King

    Like you, I wear many hats—proud mama, devoted wife, passionate teacher, life-long learner, sister, daughter, friend, colleague...and VP of Marketing for Abrams Learning Trends.

  • Gare Thompson

    Gare Thompson started his educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Over the course of his career, he has taught each grade level and has educated hundreds—maybe even thousands—of children in...

  • Aaron Mayers, CEO

    Similar to many of our stories, my personal interest in improving literacy was stoked by a mother who was an elementary school teacher, and a father who published one of the most successful...