Exploring quality early learning experiences for young children from the home to preschool to transitional kindergarten or kindergarten. Tips for parents and guidance for educators.

TK Students Finish Strong

Transitional kindergarten students will soon be done with the first year of a two-year kindergarten program! TK students are not expected to master kindergarten curriculum. However, they should have had opportunities for a wide variety of experiences and exploration that … Continue reading

Summer Counts for Numeracy

Summer is just around the corner which means summer vacation! For teachers and parents, summer can represent time off work, more recreation time outside, or the possibility of taking a trip out of town. However, all teachers, including preschool, TK, … Continue reading

Rhythm, Regulation and ACEs

We have good news and bad news here in Shasta County. The bad news first: we have much higher ACE scores than the rest of our state. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as stressful or traumatic events that can … Continue reading

Visual and Performing Arts and Active Learning

Children are active learners who thrive when given opportunities and challenges, so art experiences for children are more about the process than the product. We often think of performing arts with children having to take place on a stage. But, … Continue reading

No Nonsense Numeracy

Math sure isn’t the same as it was when I was a kid! I have a distinct recollection of my fourth grade teacher, Mr. Dittus, testing us on our multiplication tables every Friday. He used the results of those tests … Continue reading