Lawrence preschools are part of a statewide pre-kindergarten pilot program that some hope will eventually be available to all 4 year olds in the state.
Learning through Play
Banging sticks together while singing songs, getting familiar with the letter D, reading stories about going to the dentist - and it isn't even noon yet. It's been a busy morning for this group of four-year-olds who are part of the pre-kindergarten pilot program. In what might look like play, early childhood educators say there is lots of learning going on.
March 2, 2008
The other day Sonya Lancaster and her 4-year-old son, Sam Sharp, had a discussion about enamel. Except, Sam didn't use the actual word. He referred to it as something like "there is just one thing that doesn't come off your teeth. It is the white part." "Yes," Lancaster said. "That's enamel." The conversation was brought to them courtesy of the letter D, which prompted a unit on dentists in Sam's pre-kindergarten classroom at the Children's Learning Center.
March 2, 2008
The first kindergarten was established in 1856. And, early childhood education has been gaining ground ever since. As researchers publish more and more findings that critical learning and developmental skills are formed years before kindergarten, the push for educating children earlier has grown. Here's a timeline of some of the key events that has brought the early childhood education movement to where it is today.