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Transitional Kindergarten, What is It?

May 22nd, 2019

Transitional Kindergarten, What is It?

We are very excited here at The Westboro Learning Center to launch our Transitional Kindergarten program next fall, but you may be wondering, “What exactly is a Transitional Kindergarten?” The typical explanation of a Transitional Kindergarten is a program geared towards children who have completed a 4-year old preschool program, but either are not developmentally ready for a full kindergarten program yet or are not chronologically old enough for their district’s kindergarten program. Either way it is a program designed to be an in-between year, a year of transition from preschool to kindergarten. With the demands of kindergarten today becoming much more rigorous, it is important to ensure that your child is ready.

At The Westboro Learning Center our Transitional Kindergarten will meet the needs of the individual students in our class; weather they need another year before kindergarten or if they are ready, but aren’t old enough to meet the age cut-off. With a small teacher to student ratio we will be able to closely monitor our students’ development and meet with them one-on-one and/or in small groups to address their individual needs during specific times set aside in our day: Literacy Workshop and Math Workshop.

Our curriculum will follow a traditional kindergarten scope and sequence, focusing on letters and sounds at first, then moving into beginning reading skills, as well as focusing on number sense to start then introducing beginning operations as the year progresses. However, our Transitional Kindergarten will also prioritize items that formal kindergartens seem to be getting away from: two recess breaks a day, a social snack and lunch, and regularly scheduled center-time with painting easels, sensory tables, dramatic play and blocks—to name just a few!

Our program will also be taught through eight multi-disciplinary themes. Through these themes the children will see connections between their center play, the quality literature we read and our science and social studies investigations. It is through these connections and self-discoveries that true understanding and learning occurs.

A small class size and teacher to student ratio can be such a gift towards a solid foundation of learning for your child. In my previous position, teaching first grade at a local preschool in Shrewsbury, I ran a somewhat similar program. The majority of my students were not age-appropriate for first grade, but were ready; others were age-appropriate, but were developmentally a little behind. I followed a traditional first grade curriculum, but met my students’ individual needs through small group and individual lessons during “workshop” time. The classes I had were small, under 13 students each year, but it made such a difference for those children, and for me. I look back on those years and feel they were some of my best teaching. I was free to do what I knew was right for each child, and for my class as a whole. As each year progressed, each group became a close-knit group of friends, who laughed, played, learned and partied together! We were truly a community learning together.

I cannot wait to start our Transitional Kindergarten and see where my students’ learning takes us next year. If your child is of kindergarten age, just a few weeks or months shy of kindergarten age or if you just think this sounds like a good fit, come in for a tour and see what The Westboro Learning Center can offer you!

Westboro Learning Center is located in Central Massachusetts, convenient to surrounding towns such as Northborough, Southborough, Hopkinton, Ashland, Marlborough, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Framingham, Holliston, and all other Central Massachusetts and Metro West communities.