What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Offered across the state of California, transitional kindergarten (TK) is an exciting, educational opportunity for children born in the fall. Transitional kindergarten offers children with birthdays between September 2 and December 2 a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with the Common Core standards. TK was created by a California law called the Kindergarten Readiness Act.
The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010, changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1 so that children enter kindergarten at age 5. Before this law, children in California started kindergarten at a younger age than students in almost any other state. With the introduction of Common Core Standards, kindergarten is now more academic than it once was; similar to what first grade used to be. Transitional kindergarten prepares students with the social skills and early academic skills that are now required to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
What are the Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten. TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation of success in elementary school.
Transitional Kindergarten is Designed to Help Children as They:
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Develop small motor skills needed for writing
- Foster large muscle skills needed for balance
- Enhance skills such as sitting, listening and following directions
- Increase vocabulary enrichment and memory skills
- Facilitate social interaction and encourage problem solving
- Learn key kindergarten academic readiness skills