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Getting The Most Out Of Pre-K, 'The Most Important' Year In School

About 1.5 million 4-year-olds started pre-school this fall and parents are wondering: How do I know my child is in a high-quality program? A new book offers some answers.
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Suzanne Bouffard's new book, The Most Important Year, may be just what parents of preschoolers have been waiting for; a guide to what a quality pre-K program should look like.

Bouffard spent a lot of time in classrooms watching teachers do some really good things and some not-so-good things.

What are some of the things you learned?

Successful pre-K [programs] teach children to learn to be learners, how to be curious about how things work and find answers to problems. You want to have hands-on experiences and opportunities for children to learn about things that apply to their lives. Good teachers always engage children in rich conversations and ask them open-ended questions, what they think and what they want to know. Another really important piece of a good program is that

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