Jefferson Elementary Kindergarten67 image(s)

At Jefferson Elementary School administrators and teachers are trying to balance the increasing academic demands of the early grades against the role that kindergarten has traditionally played for children: a place for socialization and acclimation to school routines. In many places around the country, kindergarten classrooms are phasing out the elements that look most like play—for example, puppet theaters and water tables—in favor of a focus on whole-group work and literacy.