What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional kindergarten is a school grade that serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, functioning to provide students with time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school in an age- and developmentally-appropriate setting.
Who should enroll in TK?
TK is designed for children who have completed the 4s class and are eligible for kindergarten, but may benefit from another year to further develop certain skills, typically these children have summer birthdays. It is also appropriate for 4 year olds who will turn five before December 1. These students will be academically ready for more advanced skills than their 4 year old peers. Their social skills are also more mature and allow for higher level social games and play.
Is TK right for my child?
TK will be faster paced than a regular 4 year old program. Students in this program will receive a modified Kindergarten curriculum that is balanced with age appropriate activities. If your child is born from September to December, TK may be a better fit than a typical 4 year old program. Students who just miss the cut off for kindergarten often have better fine motor skills and cognitive abilities than their younger 4 year old peers. TK therefore offers a more advanced language, reading, handwriting and social curriculum. After completing the TK program your child will continue on to kindergarten the following year. Students who attend the TK program do not typically advance to 1st grade directly from TK.
Does TK have a different curriculum?
Like the rest of our classes, our TK class uses the Zoophonics curriculum. However, in addition to that, TK also Handwriting Without Tears and Get Set for School. Handwriting Without Tears is a program developed by early childhood educators to teach handwriting by fully developing a child’s fine motor abilities. The creators then expanded their program to create Get Set For School, a flexible, play-based curriculum that offers a full pre-writing program and materials that build critical skills like early math and literacy. It includes three programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy, and Numbers & Math. Children who were taught with the Get Set for School curriculum consistently demonstrated mastery of key skills at the end of the Pre-K year. They also scored higher and showed more growth than a control group of students. The curriculum’s explicit, modeled instruction with hands-on, multisensory materials and active teaching strategies delivered improved results in Pre-K classrooms.