Transitional Kindergarten

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Preschool TK Curriculum in preparation for Kindergarten

Too much fun- EVENTS

Apple Day, Thanksgiving Feast, Polar Express, Pancake breakfast, Christmas party and Christmas program, Planting and harvesting garden, 100th day and Valentine’s Day party, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Read Across America and St. Patrick’s Day fun, Easter party and Easter egg hunt, Mother’s Day Tea, Graduation program

FIELD TRIPS

Pumpkin patch, L.A. Zoo, Visit local fire station

 

Enrichments (Outside of classroom)

ONCE per week: Theater Arts, Music, Library, Chapel

TWO TIMES per week: Physical Education

    Other Info

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 24 to 1 (with a Teacher’s Aide);
    School Day: 8:10am – 2:55 pm (Daily program);
    TK Nap/Rest Time: 11:30-12:30 p.m. (Daily)
    Morning snack/outdoor play: 30 minutes - Students should bring a snack and lunch to school every day unless lunch is purchased from our school cafeteria. Our hot lunch program is typically available for purchase daily.  
    Chapel:  Transitional Kindergarten participates in chapel every Wednesday from 8:15-9:15; 

    Optional

    Extended Care: 3:30-6:00 - Additional Fee Applies; 
    Elementary morning Day care is available from 7:00 am to 7:45 am- Additional Fee Applies;

    Classroom Structure includes the following core subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, Bible, and Reading. Music and Movement is also taught by the classroom teacher.

    Enrichment classes: Chapel, Music, PE, Theater Arts are taught by other teachers/staff members on campus.

    We have included TK aged students into our elementary Kindergarten with the plan that these students can have choice to repeat Kindergarten.  At the same time, we also believe that the Kindergarten students will be adequately challenged to be prepared for 1st grade.  Our Kindergarten class has two classes and will continue through elementary school with two 1st grade classes.  This will double the size of our elementary school!  We share this with you to inform you that we have very strong elementary school.  Below are categories within our educational program that ensures a balanced and dynamic education:

    Spiritual life

    The primary goal of Christian education consists of helping each student to grow into an independent person so that he/she can serve God according to His Word and is able and willing to employ all his/her talents to the honor of God and for the well being of his/her fellow creatures, in every area of life in which he/she is placed by God. Students will learn about God through the lives of the major characters throughout the entire Bible, and activities and ideas will help children comprehend and apply Bible truths.

    Emphasis is on learning about God and his son Jesus through both the Old Testament and the New Testament stories.

    Emphasis is on students’ involvement in a weekly worship environment with exposure to Biblical principles and application of those principles to daily life.

    Emphasis is on memorizing one verse weekly based on the weekly theme in the classroom.

    1. Bible:
    2. Chapel:
    3. Scripture Memory:

     

    Academic

    Students will enrich and extend their language and literacy. Teacher will expose student to language and literacy by showing an interest in their conversations, listening carefully and responding to statements, extending conversations, providing opportunities to read and discuss books and introducing specific vocabulary on topics of interest. Students will generate ideas, solve problems, and predict outcomes. Students speaking, reading, writing is a gradual process that is developed over time. Students will know the names of printed letters, sounds associated with printed letters, sequence letters, numbers, objects, or colors. Students will write one’s own first and last name. Student will be able to remember the content of spoken language for a short period of time. Students will see similarities and differences between visual symbols. Student will write isolated letters or words. Students will know how to put concepts, thoughts, and ideas into spoken words and understand others when they talk.

    The student will represent and relate, and operate on whole numbers. Students will work initially with sets of objects focusing on the topics of subsidizing, counting and cardinality (Knowing the number names and the count sequence, understanding that the last number name said when counting a set of objects tells the number of objects counted, and comparing numbers); and operations and algebraic thinking (understanding addition as putting together and adding to, and subtraction as taking apart and taking from). The student will compare shapes and make 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, and looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.

    Students will have an opportunity to be exposed to the key primary science concepts and skills in the areas of physical science, life science, earth science, and investigation and experimentation. Students will develop their innate curiosity about their environment; broaden their critical thinking to investigate, solve problems, and make decisions.

    Students will learn space, time and causal understandings from their families and communities. Students will develop a sense of place within their world. Student will recognize the critical role in previous learning that is anchored in the student’s language, family, and immediate world. Students will be provided with activities that focus on each individual’s uniqueness-home and family, classroom community, and neighborhood. Students will be exposed to dramatic play opportunities to explore and experiment with many roles from society. Students will focus on self-help skills, being part of a group, and classroom responsibilities which are essential in helping children to become contributing members of society.

    This component includes children’s experiences, their expression, management of emotions, and their ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Children are more likely to succeed if they can: accurately identify emotions in themselves and others; relate to teachers and peers in positive ways; and manage feelings of anger, frustration, and distress when faced with an emotionally charged situation.

    1. Language Arts:  Basic Concepts:  Upper and Lowercase Letters, Letter sounds, writing first/last name, writing letters, Copying sentences, learning Left to right when reading and writing, Spacing between words, pictureDictation, sight words, speaking in Class, communicating with peers, Dramatic Play, free art, Reading Center, writing center, and Alphabet Bingo
    2. Math:  Basic concepts:  Recognizing, Counting and writing numbers 1-30, Patterns, sequences, order of events, graphing, opposites, position words, shapes, colors, measurements, weight and capacity, introduction of addition and subtraction, building/constructing center, play dough, and puzzles
    3. Science: I Take care of my body, Nutrition, Five senses, On the farm, Fall Harvest, Winter/winter Animals, Transportation: Land/Water, Transportation: Space/Sky, Wind/Weather, Dinosaurs, Spring, Insects/Bugs, Plants/seeds, Recycling, Planets, Zoo, Jungle Rainforest, Summer and Ocean.     Themes:  Classroom Pets: 10-gallon Fish Tank, a Betta Fish, and 4 hermit crabs
    4. Social Science:  All About Me, My family, Safety at Home and School, Safety in our Environment, Fire Safety, Children around the World, Martin Luther King, Jr., President’s Week, and Community Helper.
    5. Social/Emotion:  Learning to be one with a group; Respect for others, our class, our school, our environment, our country, and manners;  Taking turns and thinking of others (teamwork);  Self-Control;  Cooperative Play- working out difficulties with peer vs. tattle-tale. 
      1. Social
      2. Learning to work in a group setting

        Whole group: circle time, outside play, music, theater arts, PE, Library, chapel

        Small groups: inside play, centers, table work with teacher

        Pairs: Inside play and centers

        Individual: Independent work

      3. Emotional

     

    Physical Life

    Emphasis is on understanding use of person space. Students will participate in activities to develop balance and coordination as well as upper body/arm strength. An example for this development is Physical Education.

    Emphasis is on engaging in activities to strengthen small muscles; learning to hold and use scissor, crayons and pencils correctly. An example of this Development is creative art.

    1. Large Motor Development:  A critical component of the TK educational Program is to support students’ health and motor skill development in Physical Education. Physical Education that supports students’ knowledge and skills will ultimately contribute to improved health outcomes and promote physically active lifestyles through adulthood. Students will develop important physical skills while they also learn to engage with other students, explore, play, and learn. The early years are a critical time for physical development and instruction is important for students to gain fundamental movement skills that develop in an orderly sequence.
      1. Fine Motor Development:  Emphasis is on participating in the use of various art forms and developing an appreciation of God’s creativity and design. Students are given opportunities to display individual creativity and self-expression. A critical component to the TK education program is to support students’ development in their fine motor skills. Creative Art is given daily if not twice a day for students to cut, glue, color, write, and mold projects to help strengthen their muscles in their hands.
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