- Frequently asked questions about transitional kindergarten
Is transitional kindergarten mandatory for children with birthdays between September and December?
Similar to kindergarten, enrollment is voluntary.
What are the benefits of transitional kindergarten?
Transitional kindergarten offers an additional year of school to younger students. transitional kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth. Research shows that children who attend kindergarten-readiness programs, like transitional kindergarten, are more likely to do well in school and attend college.
How is transitional kindergarten different than preschool?
The standards, curriculum and teaching requirements in transitional kindergarten are different from preschool. transitional kindergarten will be part of the K-12 public education system and aligned with the kindergarten common core state standards. transitional kindergarten builds on the skills children may have learned in preschool.
Is attendance in transitional kindergarten the same as in kindergarten?
Regular attendance is required, similar to all other elementary grades.
Can my child enroll in first grade upon completion of transitional kindergarten?
Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. A child who participates in transitional kindergarten must complete the second year of the program in kindergarten before attending first grade.
Are students in transitional kindergarten required to meet immunization requirements?
They are required to have immunizations before admission to transitional kindergarten.
Will ongoing assessments and conferences be required during the school year?
Ongoing assessments will be used as a basis for conferences with parents. Just like kindergarten, conferences will be required and held at least once a year. Conference time will be used to go over assessments with parents or guardians and to set goals for students.
— Source: Galt Joint Union Elementary School District
- Linda Ekstrom, transitional kindergarten teacher
With common core standards being so rigorous, many kids need more time. ... Kids may be ready to learn, but can they sit on the carpet long enough? Kids who are already five seem to do OK.”
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am
Imagine a classroom where 4-year-olds are learning to write their names. After a short lesson, they move on to free time, which allows them to choose whether to play with a doll house or a pretend cash register.
At recess, they are learning to take turns and get along with others.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00 am.
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