Washington Elementary School

Due to the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, Transitional Kindergarten is becoming a new endeavor in education. Transitional Kindergarten is the voluntary first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.   As traditional kindergarten is becoming a fast paced environment with rigorous standards, we are seeing the younger students struggle to keep up with their older counterparts. The difference in the developmental skills of a 4.5 year old child and a 5 year old child is very apparent. These differences include shorter attention spans, weaker motor skills, and less self-regulatory skills. Because of these factors, kindergarten teachers frequently express their concerns about the 4.5 year old child’s developmental readiness to tackle the expectations of kindergarten. Instead of acquiring mastery with confidence, many times teachers have seen frustration and an aversion to school from these young students. This attitude and lag in achievement not only occurs in kindergarten, but continues on in the students’ educational journey. To help bridge the gap and to improve student learning, we want to implement a high quality two year kindergarten program, which includes Transitional Kindergarten, using developmentally appropriate practices to deliver kindergarten standards. As a professional learning committee, our team will collaborate to determine best practices according to student data.