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Transitional Kindergarten, often referred to as TK, is an exciting educational opportunity for children who turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. It is the first phase of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses age-appropriate curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and provides the gift of time that will give students a head start for future academic success. Transitional Kindergarten is taught by credentialed teachers who provide a curriculum that supports children’s social-emotional and language development, as well as providing a strong foundation for the development of academic skills. The TK curriculum integrates the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards.

In TK, we focus on building strong oral language skills.  This is how you can help your child enhance their learning and development:

1)  Ask your child questions and listen to their answers.  Encourage them to speak in complete sentences.  Resist the urge to speak for them.  Let them struggle through it, with a little help from you.  If you do model for them, have them repeat the phrase or sentence for  practice. 

2)  When you ask their opinion or preference follow up with "why?" when the situation seems appropriate.  Be curious about their ideas and thoughts and show them that they communicate those thoughts through speaking. 

3)  When reading books together, take the time to talk about what the picture is showing about the story.  Have your child  tell you.  Encourage them to look at the details.  Reading the pictures is as important as trying to read the words. 

Tips before starting school:

Have your child practice opening/eating what you pack for snack.
Pack an extra pair of pants/underwear/socks in backpack.
Label everything!
No shoelaces.
Make sure your child knows how to button pants, etc. 
Bring a backpack big enough to fit a regular sized folder.
If you need to tell me something, please put it in WRITING (email or note).
If your child takes the bus, put a tag on the backpack which bus stop they will get off at.
Is your child buying school lunch? Please put that in writing.
Is your child going to Newton or Annex after school? Please put that in writing.
More Excellent Tips:

There will be multiple ways to volunteer in the classroom/at school:

Classroom Parent
Help with centers in the classroom 
Field Trips (1-3 times/year)
Art & Science Day (once/year)
PTA Member