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More Pre-K Classes Could Improve Reading Scores

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With all the talk about kids failing their 3rd grade reading tests.
Parents should be concerned.
But there are things you can do, to make a difference early on.
One key, is to get as many kids as possible into pre-kindergarten classes.
The union school district currently has 755 little ones in their pre-k program.
At Moore Elementary we saw 22 of them take part in their school day.
They the all seemed to be clearly engaged in the process.
Their teachers says, if the kids get a good start, they can really take off.
Roseanne Ravong says she has kids who read up to the 1st grad level, and being in a pre-k class will pay off for years to come.
She says the kids get comfortable with the school environment and it puts them in a place to learn more easily.
Union Curriculum Specialist Becky Freeman, is a former kindergarten and 1st grade teacher.
She says kids who've been through a pre-k program have a clear advantage in their later years in school.
She says one key is that they arrive in kindergarten with more confidence.
Freeman believes it's a good use of time for any parent to enroll their child early.
The kids get a good start in reading because it's done as a form of productive play.
When they've been exposed to words and language for an extra year, reading just comes more easily.
Many districts are already enrolling for next fall's pre-k classes.
Including Tulsa, Union and Jenks.
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