kindergarten

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

Children’s brains complete up to 90 percent of development in the first five years of life, according to research by the Rauch Foundation. Though the typical newborn brain is only a quarter of the size it will reach by adulthood, it will grow rapidly in those first years and develop trillions of synapse connections. Read […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Teacher of the Year announced

Teacher of the Year announced

East Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Kristen White was announced Friday as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2018 during a surprise visit to her classroom. White is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has taught kindergarten, STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and Reading Intervention during her 11 years […]

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

When Holley-Navarre Primary School teacher Jennifer Raney was in kindergarten, she was given an assignment to write down what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wrote teacher. Years later, Raney is back in a kindergarten class, fulfilling that dream from her younger years. Her mother still holds onto the keepsake that proves […]

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

For West Navarre Primary School (WNPS) kindergarten teacher Jasmine Cook, being announced as the school’s Teacher of the Year was only the second most exciting achievement of her week. While being recognized for working hard to mold young minds is great, what could be more rewarding than bringing a new life into the world? Cook […]