Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old on September 2 through December 2.

TK gives young learners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the CA Preschool Learning Foundations and the CA Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. The program is developmental for students so that they have the gift of time to learn in an interactive way filled with language opportunities.

Feeder School Assignments

TK School Feeder School
LoaraBarton
MadisonStoddard
Olive St.Jefferson
RooseveltJuarez
WestmontPrice

How Can Parents Prepare Their Child?

  • Label personal belongings with your child’s first and last name.
  • Be sure your child knows how he/she will get home from school.
  • Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep every night.
  • Be sure your child eats a good breakfast or lunch.
  • Know the hours your child will attend school.
  • Give the school accurate emergency telephone numbers.
  • Read with your child every day!
  • Talk with your child about daily activities and special events.
  • Display your child’s work in a prominent place.
  • Provide learning materials for your child to explore.
  • Encourage your child to wash, dress and take care of him/herself to promote independence.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to play with other children.
  • Provide rules that are consistent, reasonable and easy to understand.
  • Limit television time & electronic device or screen time.

First Day

The first day of school is an exciting day. Your child will feel more at ease if he/she believes that there are friendly, caring people at school. The teachers, principal, secretaries and other staff are your child’s new friends. Discuss these new friends with your child and encourage him/her to ask for help when needed.

This may be the first formal separation between you and your child. It may be an emotional day for both of you. As difficult as it may be, you must strive to give your child the confidence and encouragement to “soar” alone at this time in his/her life. Your reactions and attitudes will make a difference in determining how your child adjusts to school.

Resources

  • Pre-School Learning Foundations (Contains the learning foundations for Social-Emotional Development, Language and Literacy, English Language Development, and Mathematics)
  • Pre-School Curriculum Framework (This curriculum framework provides an overall approach for teachers to support children’s learning through environments and experiences that are:
    • developmentally appropriate,
    • reflective of thoughtful observation and intentional planning
    • individually and culturally meaningful, and
    • inclusive of children with disabilities or other special needs

      The framework presents ways of setting up environments, encouraging and building upon children’s self-initiated play, selecting appropriate materials, and planning and implementing teacher-guided learning activities.)

  • Pre-School Learning Foundations and CA Common Core Alignment (This document demonstrates the alignment between the Pre-School Learning Foundations and the California Common Core Standards.)
  • Transitional Kindergarten Brochure

Transitional Kindergarten Was Last Modified: October 21, 2019