ERIC Number: ED473697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Kindergarten Transitions: How Pre-K Teachers Can Help. Program Services Paper.
Noting that the transition to Kindergarten is a process rather than a one-time event, this guide will help early childhood educators--home caregivers, center providers and public preschool teachers--understand the transitions to school and consider steps teachers can take to improve children's transition and adjustment. Specific ideas and strategies for strengthening children's transitions to kindergarten and examples from Smart Start local partnerships are provided. The guide first explores how to achieve continuity during the transition and why this is important. Elements of effective transition are highlighted. The guide then lists activities that can be incorporated into the daily routine to involve children in the transition process. A similar list is provided for involving families in the process. A section on supporting transitions at the community level notes barriers to providing effective transition practices and lists effective strategies. Examples from North Carolina's Smart Start programs are embedded throughout the guide. The guide concludes with a short list of related resources and Web sites. (HTH)
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Children, Student Adjustment, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Transitional Programs
North Carolina Partnership for Children, 1100 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27604. Tel: 919-821-7999; Fax: 919-821-8050; Web site: http://www.ncsmartstart.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Partnership for Children, Raleigh.
Identifiers: Smart Start NC; Transitional Activities
Note: Additional support from Park Foundation.