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Sensory Table

November 30, 2020

Sensory tables allow children to explore new ideas and use their senses to make observations. They can feel the sand and water at the table, they can see how water and sand move to fill the container they’re in, and they can hear what it sounds like when water falls into different sized containers. These tables also help…

Dramatic Play

November 20, 2020

Playing with dress up clothes and props enhances imagination, verbal skills, vocabulary, social skills, and more. Children are creating scenes in their minds and describing their ideas to their teacher and peers. This gives them the opportunity to practice verbal expression while their peers listen and practice comprehension. This sets the foundation for literacy in…

Blocks & Puzzles

November 19, 2020

When children play with manipulatives, like blocks and puzzles, or use the sensory table, they are developing their logic and reasoning skills, hand-eye coordination, patterns, and more. When a teacher is present for those activities, they can help students learn about balance and gravity when their tower tilts too far and falls over. This will…

Reopening of Durham PreK Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year

August 4, 2020

Below you will find program start dates and updates from Durham Public Schools, the Durham County School Readiness/NCPK Committee, Durham Head Start and NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) for the 2020-21 school year. Further guidance for Durham PreK is still being developed and will be shared with the community when it…

Voting Information for the 2020 Election

August 3, 2020

Check your voter registration now and double-check before you go out to vote in the fall.  Each year, North Carolina is legally required to remove thousands of registered voters from its voter rolls as a “maintenance routine” that many refer to as purging. It is essential that you double-check your voter registration status because purging…

Pre-K COVID-19 Update

June 26, 2020

Dear PreK Applicants, Durham PreK Partners are closely monitoring the impact COVID-19 will have on the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Several unknown factors make it difficult to proceed with child placement according to our original timeline. The following information is needed before we can send child placement information to families: Governor Roy Cooper’s…

Read Aloud

May 28, 2020

Off to Bed, Monster!  A la Cama Monstruito! Ms. Zarett reads a story about a little monster going to bed. This video includes both English and Spanish, so families speaking either language can enjoy!   Read Aloud Do you need resources for helping your own child with bed time? Check out the links below! Kids…

Number Game

May 20, 2020

Join us on Instagram TV for a Number Game from Ms. Abigail Barr! There are a few sample pictures and then a song to sing. Instagram Post   Materials: You can use your fingers as the fish if you’d like, but if you want to turn this activity into a craft, you can use the…

Vegetable Volcano

May 19, 2020

Grab your lab coats and safety goggles, it’s time for a science experiment! This week’s first activity is called “Vegetable Volcano!” Ms. Gina Allen from White Rock Child Development Center will lead you through the instructions and show you the volcanic eruption. IGTV Video Instructions Materials Pepper Craft Stick /Pencil Baking Soda Dish Soap (optional)…

Puppet Show

May 13, 2020

This episode of Learning at Home with Durham PreK, Ms. Stephenson and her friend Rachel talk about missing their friends and classmates while they’ve been at home. You can watch the video by clicking the button below. IGTV Video