ERIC Number: ED264689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Preparing Teachers and Children for Transitions from Special Preschool Programs to Public School Kindergartens.
Hains, Ann Higgins; And Others
The paper examines ways to enhance the transition of handicapped students from special preschools to public school kindergartens. The importance of careful planning, evaluation, and modification for individual needs is stressed. The effects of larger class size in kindergartens include requirements for students to obey group instructions, work well independently for at least 10 minutes, and use peers as well as the teacher as resources. The increased student-teacher ratio of kindergarten is noted, and effects on individual responsibility and time allotment are considered. Suggestions are offered regarding organizing transitions for success, including establishing communication lines between agencies and among staff members. A timeline presents guidelines for when, where, how, and what type of informtion should be communicated in planning the transition. The paper concludes by outlining 14 practical steps whereby preschool and kindergarten teachers can prepare children for transitions, including visits to preschools by kindergarten teachers, specification of transition skills on student individualized education programs, and systematic fading out of individual cues and directions to make the preschool more kindergarten-like. The preschool teacher's role is also discussed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs (Denver, CO, October 6-8, 1985).