Preparing students for kindergarten and engaging pre-K students is a huge undertaking. Introducing children to early reading and math concepts, beginning their social-emotional learning, and working with them on physical abilities such as motor skills is the basic foundation for this age.

Adding to this is the fact that pre-K teachers also need to help students who’ve likely never been in an academic setting understand the mechanics and expectations of a classroom.

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To accomplish everything we need to with pre-K students, we must provide a highly engaging classroom experience every day.

4 great ways to focus on engaging pre-K students

4 ways of engaging pre-K students

1) Identify students who are (and aren’t) engaged.

When I think about student engagement, the first thing that comes to mind is a child who actively responds, both visibly and audibly, to what’s going on in the classroom—and whose body language is consistent with active involvement in the lesson.

About the Author:

Valerie Donaldson is an elementary teacher in Georgia’s Clarke County School District. She can be reached at