TRANSITIONAL

KINDERGARTEN

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional kindergarten class 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 missed the August 31st cutoff date for Kindergarten but who turn 5 years old by December 1st. The students will move on to Kindergarten after completing the TK school year. It is also for students who have completed the 4 year old class and are eligible for Kindergarten, but may benefit from another year to further develop certain skill sets.

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.   TK therefore offers a more advanced language, reading, handwriting and social curriculum.  

Does TK have a different curriculum?

TK's curriculum has a culmination curriculum. It uses Thematic Units to align with the preschool set themes, and also uses the STEM approach for a hands on learning approach. TK also uses some areas of Learning Without Tears; 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. The TK class also incorporates STEM based learning through the Highlight's curriculum and other STEM resources. STEM(Science/Technology/Engineering and Math) is a blended approach that encourages hands-on experience and gives students the chance to gain and apply relevant, “real-world” knowledge in the classroom.

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