Latest Kindergarten Stories

2008-11-05 09:15:00

Fifteen recent college graduates dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young children have been accepted into the 2008-2010 class of Pearson Teacher Fellows, working with Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, to teach preschool in low-income communities across America. The announcement was made today at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference. The Pearson Teacher Fellowship gives high caliber college graduates the professional, financial,...

2008-10-15 18:59:37

Citing the proven benefits of preschool education, an official from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the California Assembly's Judiciary Committee Chairman urged Los Angeles area business leaders today to support efforts to expand access to Early Childhood Education throughout Los Angeles County. Rob Grunewald, Associate Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank, and Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, told business leaders that the business community has much to gain from...

2008-10-10 12:00:32

Two recent stories reflected a dilemma over early childhood education. One article showed that the number of Kansas students enrolled in full-day kindergarten nearly tripled in the past 10 years as legislators pumped money into public education. In the other story, a national advocacy group issued a report ranking Kansas among the five worst states for parents seeking a high-quality, state-funded education program for children of pre- kindergarten age. The pre-K story said Kansas spends...

2008-10-09 21:00:31

Braintree The Braintree School Department will seek a state grant that would allow two full-day kindergarten classes to start next fall. In a 6-1 vote Monday, the school committee gave Superintendent Peter Kurzberg approval to apply for a $30,000 grant. School officials still must find money in the next budget to pay for additional expenses to cover salaries and other costs. Committee member David Cunningham, who opposed the measure, said the school department has other needs that...

2008-10-08 21:00:23

By Sue Ter Maat smaat@@dailyherald.com Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 will try a full-day kindergarten pilot program next school year for at-risk students. Two full-day kindergarten classes - one at Ross Elementary, one at Eisenhower - will be offered to parents whose children scored in the bottom 20 percent on special assessment tests given to next fall's incoming kindergartners on April 25, officials said. Hours for full-day kindergarten will be the same for the rest of the...

2008-10-06 15:00:32

By SHARON KILEY MACK; OF THE NEWS STAFF PITTSFIELD - Starting next fall, any school district that voluntarily holds a pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds must provide transportation to and from school for those children, even if their parents choose not to have them ride. The result could be millions of dollars in additional costs to Maine schools and bus companies. Because of the young age and small stature of these pupils, the expenses include retrofitting buses to include...

2008-10-01 06:00:43

By Fiona MacLeod NURSERY school in Scotland has traditionally been seen as time for fun, before the real hard work starts. However, a growing emphasis on early years has opened up the question of what constitutes early years education. The new school Curriculum for Excellence covers a wider age range - from three-18 years - than the five-14 range in the guidelines it replaced. As a result, teachers say they are needed more than ever in nurseries. Councils, however, are replacing them...

2008-10-01 03:00:22

When he was chairman of the Richmond School Board, Mark Emblidge visited kindergarten classrooms and heard teachers express a common concern over and over again, he recalled. The teachers could predict which children would have trouble learning to read by the skills they lacked when they started kindergarten. Now director of the Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University, Emblidge is working with Christopher E. Chin on a project to make sure children learn those skills before...

2008-09-29 21:00:27

By Raina Hanna Jodi Yelverton considers her students her greatest accomplishments. They are proof of her teaching philosophy. "All children can learn. No matter if they have special needs or what level they are at, they all can learn," Yelverton said. As a kindergarten teacher at Walls Elementary, Yelverton's classroom is filled with students with a variety of needs, abilities and levels of learning. Yelverton's ability to recognize each of her students as individuals and the level of...

2008-09-25 09:00:43

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Education Research recently released a report on the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) initiative that shows Wright Group/McGraw-Hill's DLM Early Childhood Express supplemented with SRA/McGraw-Hill's Open Court Reading Pre-K has positive effects on reading, phonological awareness, and language in Pre-K - Kindergarten. The report, "Effects of Preschool Curriculum Programs on School Readiness," provides individual...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'