Practice Guide iconPractice Guide
This practice guide, developed in conjunction with an expert panel, distills contemporary early childhood and preschool education research into seven easily comprehensible and practical recommendations. The guidance will help to prepare young children to benefit from the learning opportunities they will encounter in school.
1
Regularly provide intentional, engaging instruction and practice focused on social-emotional skills.
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2
Strengthen children's executive function skills using specific games and activities.
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3
Provide intentional instruction to build children’s understanding of mathematical ideas and skills.
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4
Engage children in conversations about mathematical ideas and support them in using mathematical language.
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5
Intentionally plan activities to build children’s vocabulary and language.
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6
Build children’s knowledge of letters and sounds.
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7
Use shared book reading to develop children’s language, knowledge of print features, and knowledge of the world.
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Topics: Grades:
Audience:
  • Administrators
  • Parent/Family
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Instructional Research Group under contract 91990020F325.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Madhavi Jayanthi, Russell Gersten, Rebecca Newman-Gonchar, Sarah Krowka, Kelly Haymond, Samantha Wavell, Joshua Furgeson, Julia Lyskawa, and Emily Rosen.

  • Margaret Burchinal (Chair)
    UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
  • Karen Bierman
    PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Jorge Gonzalez
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
  • Kimberly Nelson
    ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Megan McClelland
    OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Jill Pentimonti
    UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
  • David Purpura
    PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • Jason Sachs
    BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Julie Sarama
    UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
  • Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin
    PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • Julie Washington
    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE

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