Starting school is a very exciting time for children and families. It begins a new chapter and sets the tone for a child’s future.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) bridges the gap between preschool and kindergarten. While students entering TK must be five by September 15 – just like kindergarteners – the TK program is ideal for the youngest students that may benefit from a slower paced learning environment. Often, students with summer or early spring birthdays will flourish in a TK program, which provides age-appropriate social-emotional supports and academic stimulation.
Because TK prepares students for kindergarten, many elements of the kindergarten curriculum are weaved into the TK lessons. Read an overview of what students focus on in TK and Kindergarten, to help students achieve expected learning outcomes by the end of kindergarten.
Tips for parents are available to help you work with your child on important learning concepts at home. View tips on how to help build foundational skills in mathematics, literacy, science, social studies, and 21st Century skills.
Still trying to decide if TK or Kindergarten is right for your child? Both programs play an important role in helping children grow emotionally, physically, and mentally. Review a list of questions we’ve gathered to help guide you in your decision process.