🍎 S is for Socks! D is for Dinosaur! A Look at Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum in January!

🍎 GFCC's monthly curriculum is designed to nurture the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers. These components are equally important in building a child's kindergarten readiness skills. We want them confident in their ability to thrive in a kindergarten environment where academic demands are higher and independent skills are necessary.

🍎 Each age level has a set of developmental goals that teachers use when making their lesson plans. These goals help guide teachers in planning activities that help children achieve the appropriate developmental benchmarks for the year.

🍎 Click on the link to read more about the curriculum at GFCC.


🍎 At the beginning of the school year in September, teachers will begin working with our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) children on:

  • Social Skill Development

  • Family / Community / Country

  • Kindergarten and 1st Grade Handwriting Without Tears

  • Preschool version of Letterland Phonics and Vocabulary (The Wake County Public School System [WCPSS] uses the Letterland program in their classrooms.)

  • Math

  • Science

  • Social Studies

🍎 Each month, the GFCC curriculum builds on the previous months' goals and lessons taught.

🍎 Take a look at January's Thematic Units:

  • D - Dinosaurs

  • J - Jobs, Jokes, Jump ropes

  • W - Winter Sports, Weather, Wind, Winter

  • S - Snow, Socks, Snowmen, Snakes, Someone Special, Dr. Seuss

  • Reinforce playground and safety rules

  • Add helpers to put the chairs upside down on the tables at the end of the day

  • Work with children's ability to put on their own coats, buttoning and zipping

  • Talk about honoring the behavior and character traits that they know are right and have talked about. Talk about not following others when they know it is not acceptable behavior.

  • Continue with "Emotions" and expand by introducing "needs and wants."

  • Continue using the lessons in the Second Step program (a social-emotional learning program).

  • Continue with "Friends" and expand by role playing situations.

  • Continue independent skills learned in September, October, November and December.

🍎 For Language, here are a few of the things a TK student would experience:

  • Sentences are recognized by starting with an uppercase/capital letter and end with some form of punctuation (period, exclamation point, question mark).

  • Introduce the sequence of the story -- What happened first, next, last?

  • Introduce the concept of "Jokes or Joking" with students. Have them bring in a favorite joke to share.

  • Start the "Letter of the Week" themes.

  • Use riddles to give clues about words that begin with the letter of the day/week.

  • List all of the "Letter of the Week" words on a Word Wall and tally the number of words at the end of the week. Count words by tens. Encourage the children to bring in "Letter of the Week" word lists to add to the wall. Create excitement about the words and try and beat the last week's tally. Add words during the day that the students might say even by accident. This is exciting for the children and causes great pride for them.

  • Start sending a quick and easy homework assignment.

  • Use Dr. Seuss books to reinforce the concept of rhyming.

  • Make multiple classroom books, for instance, a Joke book from the jokes the students brought in.

  • Continue to provide scrap paper for writing.

  • Continue reviewing the Title of the book, Title page, Author, Illustrator, Front of the book, Back of the book, Spine of the book, Pages of the book.

  • Continue Handwriting Without Tears (HWT), working in small groups using the "Wet, Dry, Try" methods from HWT.

  • Continue encouraging the correct pencil grip.

  • Continue the idea that words can be joined together to make sentences and those sentences communicate an idea. Letters make words. - Words make sentences. - Sentences make paragraphs. - Paragraphs make stories and books.

  • Continue working on attention spans of up to 20 minutes.

  • Continue phonetic sounds.

🍎 In Math:

  • Introduce number recognition and correlation of numbers up to 25 using a variety of activities.

  • Introduce proper methods of writing numbers up to 25 using the Handwriting Without Tears lessons.

  • Patterning objects in more advanced patterns -- a-a-b-b-c-d; a-a-b-b-c-d pattern or something similar.

  • Use the bricks on the outside building or a helium balloon on a string to measure the length and height of a dinosaur. in the hall, demonstrate and compare the lengths of snakes using yarn.

  • Continue calendar concepts of time by pointing out that "Yesterday was _____, today is _____, and tomorrow will be _____." (Yesterday has already happened. Today is happening. And tomorrow has not happened yet.)

  • Continue with graphing and sorting, using varying sizes of pinchers and tongs.

🍎 In Science:

  • Introduce terminology of extinct, paleontologists, fossils, etc.

  • Introduce dinosaurs...names, what they ate (herbivore, carnivore, etc.)

  • Examine fossil dirt or make fossils.

  • Discuss the difference between mammals and reptiles.

  • Study the different dinosaurs. What are the characteristics of each of these?

  • Discuss the time period that dinosaurs lived and what other animals/humans lived on the earth at that time.

  • Discuss the physical characteristics and names of several dinosaurs.

  • Discuss weather terminology such as wind, weather, and water cycle.

🍎 In Social Studies/History:

  • Discuss the time period that dinosaurs lived and what other animals/humans lived on the earth at that time.

🍎 In Art:

  • Introduce children to different types of art mediums...clay, watercolors, pastels, tempera, etc.

  • Continue to encourage and assist students in cutting their own pieces (from a traced pattern) for their art projects.

  • Have the children write their names on their own art work and be responsible for it.

  • Continue teaching proper use of art materials and processes.

  • Creative or free art table with a variety of supplies. Encourage free expression of art supplies and creative thinking.

🍎 Below, please view these January pictures that demonstrate some of the winter art and activities that our Transition Kindergarten children enjoy.




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