Raleigh & Cary Transitional Kindergarten
Our Transitional Kindergarten is a highly academic, structured inclusion classroom setting for children ages four and five.
As North Carolina state standards and expectations for students have increased, so has the need for a more advanced academic, social and emotional foundation prior to starting school.
Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum
This program may use any or all of the programs listed below. Programs may be changed, added or deleted based on the needs of the students who are enrolled.
SRA Reading Mastery is a systematic, research-based, field-tested reading program that meets the five essential components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics and word analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Through fast paced, sequenced lessons students develop decoding and word recognition skills that transfer to other subject areas. Phonics strands include: word segmentation, rhyme recognition and production, syllable blending, segmentation, and deletion, onset-rhyme segmentation and blending, phoneme isolation (initial, medial, and final) and phoneme identification, segmentation, and blending.
Wordly Wise 3000 is a vocabulary enrichment program that includes teacher-led read-alouds and discussions to help students learn new words and concepts and relate them to their prior knowledge and experience. This program of thematically organized units helps promote content-area learning. Themes include: Things that Grow, Family, the Senses and Animals. All activities are interactive, designed to give students multiple exposures to new vocabulary and lessons incorporate a variety of strategies and techniques, including collaborative groups, whole class, and partner dialogues.
Horizons Math provides a balanced and organized approach to primary math through analytical reasoning, manipulatives (hands-on learning), memorization, and drill. Every concept, from addition and subtraction to graphs and estimation, follows a deliberate pattern of introduction and gradual development to ensure student success. Fundamental concepts learned in earlier units are reviewed in subsequent lessons for true mastery.
Science and Social Studies Curricula
Science and social studies are based on weekly and monthly themes and are incorporated into the daily specials - Classroom Specials. Specials are an integral part of a classroom environment especially for young children. It gives our students an opportunity to explore weekly and monthly science and social studies themes in a hands-on manner to help engage them in their learning and solidify knowledge acquisition. Specials may include: art, group games, show and share, music, cooking, movement and experiments.
Social Skills and Life Skills
Social skills and life skills are embedded into the school day. Push in and pull out one-on-one lessons and/or group lessons will take place as the need arises.
Our Transitional Kindergarten class is taught by Ms. Jill, founder of Learn with the Best.
All students are taught to work both individually and with peers during center time. Classroom centers may be either teacher facilitated or independent and include:
- Fine Motor
- ABC / Literacy
- Sand / Water Table
- Blocks / Cars
Progress is measured through teacher data.
- Progress reports are sent home twice yearly.
- in the winter and in the spring
- Parent conferences are also held in the winter and spring to review progress reports in more detail and are also available as needed by parent or teacher request.