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TK & Kindergarten Readiness

Transitional 

Kindergarten Readiness

Welcome to the Transitional Kindergarten class at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School! 

Transitional Kindergarten, TK, is the beginning of your child’s elementary journey! It is our mission to nurture the whole child, spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially as they grow. TK is a wonderful opportunity for students to acquire academic confidence before entering Kindergarten. This bonus academic year is also a gift of time for students who need more time maturing socially and emotionally. TK is a bridge from Pre-K to Kindergarten, and we recommend that students have preschool experience prior to entering TK. It is our mission to help your child build a foundation that will foster a love for learning to carry them through each grade year and beyond. 

TK Age

Per the Sacramento Diocese, students must be 4 years old by the start of the school year and turn 5 within the year. Students who turn 5 years old in June, July, or August, are also eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.

 

TK Curriculum

Our curriculum is a blend of preschool based social & emotional development with modified Common Core Kindergarten State Standards that are age appropriate.   

  

What academic skills should my child have before Transitional kindergarten? In order to show TK readiness, your child should be able to:

  • recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle

  • recognize and name numbers 0-5, even when they are out of order

  • count to 10

  • count 10 objects, pointing to each one as they count

  • say or sing the alphabet

  • recognize many of the capital letters of the alphabet 

  • identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack

  • recognize & know the letters in order of their first name

  • write their first name (it doesn’t have to look perfect!)

  • sort items by size, color, or shape

  • hold a book and turn pages

  • identify some letter sound

What other things (non-academic) does my child need to know how to do before kindergarten? Your child should be able to:

  • put on his coat and zip it up

  • Put on their shoes independently 

  • take turns and share

  • sit quietly and listen

  • follow simple directions

  • use the bathroom by themselves (including zipping and buttoning pants, and privacy rules!)

  • put on his backpack

  • hold a pencil or crayon with tripod grip

  • cut with scissors 

  • put things away

  • wash their hands with soap

  • use a tissue to wipe their nose

  • cough into her elbow

  • stand in line

  • drink from a drinking fountain

  • raise his hand and wait to be called on

  • open any food containers in her lunch or be able to ask for help

Some extra things parents can do to get their child ready for TK:

  • Teach kindness & respect (for rules, property, and people).

  • Do activities at home where prekinders have to listen without interrupting, take turns, focus on the same activity for 15 minutes, use manners, etc.

  • Read, read, read and read some more!

  • Give them opportunities to play with other children.

  • Give them some responsibilities and teach them to follow through.

  • Teach nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Give them chances to be away from home and family so they feel comfortable and confident when they come to school.

  • Give them opportunities to be independent!

Kindergarten Readiness

What academic skills should my child have before kindergarten? In order to show kindergarten readiness, your child should be able to:

  • recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle

  • recognize and name numbers 1-10, even when they are out of order

  • count to 20

  • count 10 objects, pointing to each one as she counts

  • say or sing the alphabet

  • recognize most of the letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase (even out of order)

  • identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack

  • recognize her first name

  • write her first name

  • sort items by size, color, or shape

  • hold a book and turn pages

  • tell if two words rhyme

  • identify some letter sounds

A child doesn’t need to be reading before kindergarten (and most kids aren’t), but they should be read to regularly. Teaching nursery rhymes is a great way to get kids reading-ready: knowing how to rhyme is HUGE when it comes to learning how to read.

What other things (non-academic) does my child need to know how to do before kindergarten? Your child should be able to:

  • put on his coat and zip it up

  • tie his shoes

  • take turns and share

  • sit quietly and listen

  • follow simple directions

  • use the bathroom by herself (including zipping and buttoning pants)

  • put on his backpack

  • hold a pencil or crayon

  • cut with scissors

  • put things away

  • hang his backpack on a hook

  • wash her hands with soap

  • use a tissue to wipe his nose

  • cough into her elbow

  • stand in line

  • drink from a drinking fountain

  • raise his hand and wait to be called on

  • open any food containers in her lunch

Some extra things parents can do to get their child ready for Kindergarten:

  • Teach kindness & respect (for rules, property, and people).

  • Do activities at home where pre-kinders have to listen without interrupting, take turns, focus on the same activity for 15 minutes, use manners, etc.

  • Read! Teach them how to hold book, how to turn pages, etc.

  • Give them opportunities to play with other children.

  • Give them some responsibilities and teach them to follow through.

  • Teach nursery rhymes and songs.

  • Give them chances to be away from home and family so they feel comfortable and confident when they come to school.

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