WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?
Transitional Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children
turning 5 years old between September and December.
This program gives children the “gift of time” to build the necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school experience. Transitional Kindergarten is based on the California Kindergarten Standards, including focused instruction in literacy and numeracy
and a strong emphasis on self-regulation, social skills and responsibility in a safe and nurturing environment.
Transitional Kindergarten is taught by loving and highly qualified credentialed teachers
with additional training in child development.
HOW IS THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM STRUCTURED?
Transitional Kindergarten is a full-day program, M-F, 8:15 am - 3:00 pm. Valor also offers before and after school care and enrichment.
The daily schedule includes whole group interaction and activities, small group instruction, and independent “hands-on” learning.
Transitional Kindergarten also includes music, art, physical education, chapel, in-house field trips,
and all Valor Christian Academy events and extra-curricular activities.
How Is Transitional Kindergarten Different From
Preschool & Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten provides a more structured daily schedule than preschool classes, but also has a more relaxed schedule and pacing than a regular kindergarten class. Transitional Kindergarten serves as a step between the two levels, building confidence and preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Transitional Kindergarten places more emphasis on one-on-one attention
and differentiated instruction while group work is more prominent in kindergarten.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN?
Just as children learn to walk and talk at various rates of developmental growth, children’s academic readiness occurs at different times. Transitional Kindergarten prepares students for the social and academic expectations of traditional kindergarten
the following year through:
• Concepts of print / Fine motor skills
• Oral language
• Phonological awareness
• Vocabulary development
• Listening and comprehension
• Concepts of numbers (counting, naming,
comparing, ordering objects)
• Numeric representation
• Concepts of addition and subtraction
• Sorting/classifying objects by attributes
• Geometric shapes
• Problem solving
• Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science
• Observe, investigate, predict, experiment
• Home, family, classroom community
• Contributing as members of a group
• Problem solving
• Helping children grow a living faith in
a loving God.