Welcome TK Families!
What a exciting year we will have! I'd like to share with you a few key points about our curriculum.
Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. TK provides an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten.
TK allows the class the gift of time for strengths to move along the standards continumum, preparing them for a successful kindergarten year ahead.
Families have additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
Students are given the opportunity to have a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Curriculum is developmentally appropriate, giving children the opportunity to learn through hands-on activities.
We will do many of the same activities as Kinder, just take things at a pace that fits each child's need. In TK, and Kinder both there will be a rich oral language and math sense component integrated into all of our activities.
Children learn through using all their modalities.
Hearing - Seeing - Touching
Conversation and Oral Langauge:
The ability to produce or comprehend spoken language
The ability to visually discriminate between letters, and say the sounds associate with printed letters
Concepts About Print:
Students understand that print has meaning and how boks and print work, such as lef-right, front-back, letters, words
The ability to detect, manipulate or analyze the auditory aspects of spoken language, including the ability to distinguish or sement words, syllables, rhymes, and more.
Vocabulary and Background Knowledge:
A collection of words that relate to children's experiences and knowledge
Listening and Speaking Focus:
Oral language development for comprehension and collaboration
Presentation of knowledge and ideas with support ( add increasing detail, description and to express thoughts and feelings.
Here is a link to the state website with more details about
Numbers and Operations
Know number names, and sequence, count, and tell the number of objects
Compare and order numbers; Understand addition as putting together and adding to and understanding subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
Identify shapes and describing spacial relationships
Compare, analyze, create and compose shapes
Identify measurable attributes and compare objects
Elements of Mathematic Instruction
TK Uses The California Common Core State Standards for Same Mathematical Standards
making sense of problems and persevering in solving them;
reasoning abstractly and quantitatively;
constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others;
modeling with mathematics;
looking for and making use of structure;
using appropriate tools strategically;
attending to precision;
looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.
I know it may seem messy, but it is oh so important! Consider making a little tub of sensory items for your child to play with!
You can do it inside or outside.
One tip is to think . . . bin in bin!
Double bin whatever you are using. Put a towel under the surface to pick up items that fall down.
WATER & SOAP!
How easy and fun! Have your kids wash their toys in a tub. Not only will this give your children a sensory play opportunity, but they will be washing their hands at the same time!
DON'T FOGET THOSE GROSS MOTOR SKILLS!
Proprioception is often referred to as "heavy work" Proprioceptive receptors are located in the joints and muscles and are activated with pushing, pulling and hanging. Proprioceptive sensory input helps us perceive the position and movement of our body.
There are so many options.
You truly can just use items you may have around your home!
Click on my Fine Motor Skills page for more ideas, including a great play-dough recipe. I will also email some ideas from time to time. Don't worry about your play being "pinterest ready".
Just be sure to let your child have fun
Messy is not only ok...
but so important!
Below, please find some specific standards we will be covering in language arts and mathematics.
Science and Social Studies?
Here is a link to our curriculum.
Be Sure to read about counting collections too.
Here is a little info about sensory play:
What is it?
Why is it so important?