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Listening to Our Preschool Students

Kirsten Thorson’s preschool classroom at the Central Education Center provides students as young as 3 years old with an opportunity to have their voices heard. 

Student voice is a term often used in Richfield Public Schools. It means we listen to and truly value what our students have to say. Most often visible at the high school level and through our Reimagine Richfield program, students of all ages benefit from having a voice in their education.

One of the ways Ms. Kirsten incorporates student voice in her class is by allowing students to “vote” on which book they would like to read. Students choose between two books as part of their “What book should we read today?” literacy lesson.

The beautiful thing about this activity is that it combines both literacy and math experiences. Student votes are added and students work on number recognition, counting and comparing as part of the process. This is what academic rigor looks like in a preschool classroom.

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Students voting for which book to read

Kirsten Thorson’s preschool classroom at the Central Education Center provides students as young as 3 years old with an opportunity to have their voices heard by engaging them in their education.

Representation Matters in ECFE

Shanyn Hill, an ECFE teacher at the Central Education Center, recently had the dolls in her classroom measured to make hijabs. This little step is representative of the commitment that our early learning program has to our District's equity policy.