Resources for Teachers
More Ideas for Transitioning Children to Kindergarten
- Teachers can complete home visits to meet the child, and to become acclimated the child's previous life experiences.
- Provide experiences for children where less familiar adults lead them. For example: another teacher, or the media specialist, (or director) can come into the class to read to the children, or guide them through an activity. Mentally prepare the children to be accepting of unfamiliar adults asking them questions related to tasks they can complete.
- Adjust the curriculum and daily schedule throughout the year to suit the developmental level of children at that time, for example: Have a 15-20 minute group activity early in the year, and longer in the later portion of the year.
- Constantly provide reading experiences for the children. Think of inviting others in the building to come and read to individual, small groups, or the entire class. Encourage parents to get library cards for their children (ensure parents know where the closest library is) and throughout the summer attend library sessions involved in story times.
- Create a "Class Mascot" such as a teddy bear who can travel home with children for the weekend. Have parents write down the dictated language of their child regarding what the mascot did over the weekend with their child. Have the child bring their story into class on Monday to share their story with the class.
- Set up a lending library for Pre-K children. Have familiar books on tape, or taped voices of people they know reading the story to them.
- Provide writing opportunities for children every day. Children can "sign in" each day onto a chalkboard or paper on the easel. Children can have access to writing centers each day to refine the writing abilities.
- Create celebrations for when children make accomplishments! For example: Create a special display to celebrate when children have read a book, learned to write their name, played well with a peer, or learned to tie their shoes!
- Consider literacy/math "take home" packets for the children to do at home. Ensure the activities are hands-on and where the parent engage in the activity with their child. Some ideas may be: file folder games, books to read & draw about, counting items in a room of the house, locating items of different shapes at home & creating a picture or list of them.
- Encourage independence of self-help skills. Remember: Zipping & fastening, cleaning up learning centers, opening milk cartons & straw wrappers, carrying a tray, hand washing, and shoe-tying (this is an older skill & sometimes not grasped until age 5 or 6).
- Make classroom newsletters of activities & events in the class to have parents knowledgeable about the child's day & their program.
- Visit kindergarten locations. Encourage public schools in your area to invite your children to carnivals, field days, and book fairs. Parents may be able to take their children to these events.
- Provide summer transition Pre-K kits or summer activity calendars to children at the end of the Pre-K year.