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Archive for September 12th, 2009

Today we’ll look at classrooms just for Pre-K and K students. While visiting Ford Elementary in Denver, I saw great things set up in spaces for the youngest learners. Their 4-year-olds are in an ECE room. Kindergarten is housed in another classroom. Such kid-friendly environments! Everything was just the right size for little ones. The word wall was low, interactive, and in the whole-group teaching area so students could easily see and manipulate the new words they are learning. Libraries were inviting. Children were comfortable in this space designed just for them.

Kindergarden teacher in HEELS by her stylin' magnetic area

Kindergarten teacher in HEELS by her stylin' magnetic area

Low, interactive word wall in kindergarden whole-group area

Low, interactive word wall in kindergarten whole-group area

Whole-group area in ECE houses a word wall

Whole-group area in ECE houses a word wall

Word wall with students' names and pics

Word wall with students' names and pics

ECE library invites young readers in

ECE library invites young readers in

ECE writing station

ECE writing station

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