ABC Magic Moments Full Day Transitional Kindergarten Program
Transitional Kindergarten Program And Curriculum [see Typical Schedule]
As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day Transitional Kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting of 24 students. Our curriculum offers reading, writing, language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, art, music and physical fitness presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning.
A fully qualified Elementary school teacher teaches this program with over 25 years' experience teaching children. She has attained the following credentials: BA in Child Development, Multiple Subject/CLAD Teaching credential, CBEST, MSAT. RICA. No Child Left Behind Compliant and GLAD Certified. There is also a teacher's assistant working in the classroom with the teacher and the students.
Curriculum will be aligned to work towards the Kindergarten California Common Core Standards. You can find these standards online at www.corestandards.org
The curriculum will meet the standards put in place by the surrounding school districts and will also incorporate the Preschool Learning Foundations as well as NAEYC standards.
Phonics is an integral part of the language arts program in Transitional Kindergarten. We will learn/review all the letter sounds and begin using them in our reading and writing program daily. We will learn to blend and segment words, distinguish beginning and ending sounds and blend letter sounds to read and write words. All this will be accomplished through literacy centers as well as small group instruction.
Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop is another component of the language arts program. This program has been developed and guided by the curriculum created at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. The goal of these workshops is to show children that they are all readers and writers in their everyday lives. Through mini lessons, the children will learn skills and strategies to help them become confident readers and writers. The teacher will have the opportunity to conference with students individually and build upon their specific skills. These workshops are extremely beneficial for them because the objective is to work at the pace of the student, learning and practicing the skills they need to build fluency through continuous exposure to the process of reading and writing.
Math is everywhere! Our daily routine emphasizes many mathematical skills; from analyzing the calendar, tallying our days in school, graphing and showing computation using real life problems- these are subtle ways that we weave math into our program. In transitional kindergarten our mathematical experience is hands-on, using manipulatives and making math part of our everyday life. We will use a mix of different programs and resources to develop these skills. Due to the program being very hands on, you will not see a lot of dittos/work come home that involves math. Children will be taught in math centers as well as small group instruction. The areas of concentration will be; numbers, patterns, geometrical shapes, sorting, measurement and problem solving. The activities are exciting and challenging and will help provide the foundation that your child needs in order to have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
SCIENCE: The science program follows the Preschool Learning Foundations as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. These are standards that are geared towards the children learning as a group and working as a group. The children will begin to observe and record data, raise questions and then experiment to try to answer their questions. Some areas they will focus on are living and non-living, weather, 5 senses, sink/float, engineering, ecology, safety, nutrition, fitness, and hygiene.
TECHNOLOGY: Computer skills use input devices e.g. mouse and keyboard, and output devices e.g. monitor, printer with developmentally appropriate learning programs. We use chrome books and IPads as teaching tools as well as to enhance learning.
ART: The children will have ample opportunity to build their art skills. There will be opportunities to use glue, stencils, scissors, paper, paints, clay, dough, markers, crayons, chalk, and a variety of other materials to make creative projects.
P.E. & HEALTH: aking care of their body as a whole including, but not limited to: exercise, dental, nutrition, grooming, safety and injury prevention, mental and emotional well being, community and environment.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Citizenship, literature, character development, community helpers, calendar skills, beginning map skills, holidays and historical events etc…
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: singing, dancing, instruments, cooperative skills, etc.
In addition to developing your transitional kindergartener's academic skills, s/he will also develop age-appropriate and relevant social, emotional and physical skills, which will help your student, become a confident, competent learner. Below is a list of some of the skills your student will develop.
- Collaborating with classmates
- Participating in group discussions
- Asking thought-provoking questions
- Discussing goals and shared experiences
- Gaining a sense of accomplishment and pride
- Engaging in team-oriented sports experiences
- Developing motor skills
- Learning about the importance of healthy nutrition
- Health and Hygiene
- Asking questions and forming conclusions
- Solving Problems
- Conflict resolution
- Expressive communication skills
- Learning about geography
All supplies, curriculum, materials, snacks and healthy lunches will be provided to your student at no additional cost!
HERE’S TO A WONDERFUL YEAR FULL OF MANY MAGICAL MOMENTS FOR YOU & YOUR STUDENT!
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