Durango School District 9-R’s early childhood program sets example for Colorado

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Durango School District 9-R’s early childhood program sets example for Colorado

Durango School District 9-R’s early childhood program sets example for Colorado

Florida Mesa Elementary School preschool student Ellie Peterson works on a human body project in her classroom Tuesday. Students have learned about science, research, writing, art and fine motor skills during the 2½-month-long project.
Florida Mesa Elementary School preschool student Ellie Peterson works on a human body project with her classroom Tuesday. Students have learned about the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems as part of the 2½-month-long project.
Florida Mesa Elementary School preschool teacher Lorina Ewing plays with students Ember Kent, left, and Natalie Nez in their classroom Tuesday. Students learn their letters through being exposed to them throughout the classroom, such as Natalie’s name at her table.
Libby Culver, supervisor of Early Childhood Programs for Durango School District 9-R, looks at a preschool class project about the human body displayed on the walls of Florida Mesa Elementary School. The students learn through experiential play, the approach is a model for districts around the state.
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