Transitional Kindergarten Program Position Statement

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The main focus for the Transitional Kindergarten program is the development of specific skills necessary for kindergarten readiness. Children are placed in this class because they are of age to begin kindergarten but have been given an extra year for development in specific areas. Some children need to develop their social skills and others need to develop their physical skills (coordination, writing, etc.). Some children are struggling in their understanding of particular concepts and cognitive skills. Some children are simply still very much involved in playing and are not yet ready for more structured and focused learning. Still yet, some children are simply given the extra year to continue to mature and grow as a whole.

The teachers for this class will look closely at the particular areas the children need to develop in, catering the curriculum to meet those concerns. Self-confidence and responsibility are key ingredients for successful learning and these will be developed through a variety of methods and experiences. The world is a structured place and it is important for children to understand how to operate within limits and guidelines. The teachers will guide the children to understand how to operate within limits and guidelines. The teachers will guide the children in appropriate group behavior, turn taking, developing attention span and ability to focus, respecting rules and others in the class, as well as cooperative efforts in shared experiences.

Objectives for the Transitional Kindergarten program besides those outlined by the teacher and parent are as follows:

• increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-mastery of skills
• successful development in specific areas outlined early in the year by both parent and teacher
• cooperation skills increased
• learn to function within a group setting
• develop self-control and self-discipline
• increase knowledge of basic academic concepts
• explore and develop language experiences in preparation for writing and reading
• increased development of focus and attention span
• learn to follow directions
• differentiate between left and right
• letter recognition
• strengthen pre-reading and pre-writing skills
• learn Pledge of Allegiance
• understand basic math concepts
• learn phone numbers and addresses
• write name in lower case letters
• complete the year with a sense of accomplishment, increased self-esteem, and increased confidence

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