Transitional Kindergarten: Fives and Sixes

Program Description

Little Dreamers believes in a balanced day for your child.  We create the perfect mix between quiet and active times, large and small group learning, child initiated activities and teacher facilitated activities to create a day full of learning and fun!

Out T/K classroom is set-up with unique learning centers that encourage children to be self-sufficient while they are exposed to a curricular program that extends beyond their preschool experiences.   It is a curriculum that is developmentally age appropriate and that prepares students to meet the expectations that are specified in the kindergarten standards.  Students achieve more with a well-planned curriculum and coherent learning experiences that include a sequenced progression of an adapted curriculum which meets the individual needs of each child.  The teacher focuses on the critical skills to be developed for future success in kindergarten.

Every day at the beginning of the day, they gather together and share stories, talk about their day and plan their learning journey.  Being together allows them to get to know their friends, sing songs and play learning games.  They assign helpers for the day, give a weather report and take a look at the calendar.

As part of our Literacy program, the children in this classroom are presented with some of the following concepts:

  • Knowing the names of printed letters
  • Knowing the sounds associated with printed letters
  • Being able to manipulate the sounds of spoken language
  • Being able to name a sequence of letters, numbers, objects, or colors
  • Being able to write one’s own name or isolated letters
  • Being able to remember the content of spoken language for a short period of time
  • Knowing how to put concepts, thoughts, and ideas into spoken words and understand others when they talk
  • Being able to see similarities and differences between visual symbols

Each day after their learning centers are completed, they have the opportunity to visit dramatic play, block areas,  creative arts,  science, music, and the sensory table.  Kids are in charge of choosing which areas they want to explore.  The centers are designed to give children independence and are equipped with invitations that promote unique learning opportunities

Science / Discovery- This center introduces children to scientific discovery, analytical thinking and problem solving.  Children care for animals, plants charting growth and observing changes.  Experiments are regularly set up for children to interact and observe.

Math / Manipulatives- This combined center provides opportunities for children to practice number concepts and fine motor skills.  Sequencing, ordering, seriating and other number concepts are explored, along with learning numbers and counting.

Creative Art- In this center, there are a variety of arts and crafts materials available for the children to use for experimenting and creating.  We use a variety of media and materials for painting.  In addition, each room has easels that are available for them to use.  Children develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor control and creativity as they explore color, texture, and shape in their art.

Writing Center- A variety of different types of paper and writing utensils are rotated through this center to encourage children’s experimentation with writing.  Children become authors and dictate to teachers their own words for books or illustrations.  These experiences with writing make print accessible for young children and give them a firm foundation for reading and writing development.

Sensory Activities- This table provides important learning opportunities for young children.  As children pour, sift, fill and measure, they experiment with texture, density and other properties.  Sensory areas are also very soothing to children.

Dramatic Play- In this center, children have the opportunity to become fire fighters, fathers, doctors, ballerinas, chefs, or any other role that captures their imagination.  Housekeeping props, as well as other open-ended props and theme prop boxes, are available for the children’s play.  This role-playing provides children with important peer interactions and socio-emotional development.  Children learn to cooperate, share and gain self-understanding as well as a positive self-image.

Blocks and Building- This area provides building opportunities for children as they lay out roads, castles and other creative monuments.  Children learn visual discrimination, large and fine motor control, problem solving and logical thinking.  They experiment with balance, design and other mathematical properties.

Music- Here, a variety of musical instruments await the children as they creatively make music and move to the beat.  Music exposes preschoolers to rhythm, patterns and sounds.

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