ERIC Number: ED455941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
An Approach To Enhance Kindergarten Transition. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 17.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.; Cuyahoga County Dept. of Entitlement and Employment Services, OH.
The Kindergarten Transition Project at the National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) has developed a school-based approach designed to enhance connections among children, families, teachers, and peers during the transition to kindergarten. This report excerpts from a paper describing this approach to ease transition. The paper describes how the program was developed and delineates program activities for strengthening family-school connections, child-school connections, peer connections, and program connections. Suggestions for family-school connections include organizing an informal dinner with parents and kindergarten teachers in conjunction with school open houses or back-to-school nights. Suggestions for child-school connections include providing opportunities for children to interact directly with their anticipated kindergarten teachers. Suggestions for peer connections include identifying a current kindergartner to serve as a "buddy" to a preschooler. One suggestion for enhancing program connections is to arrange discussions between preschool and kindergarten personnel about classroom practices and specific needs of individual children. (KB)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Peer Relationship, School Readiness, Student Adjustment, Teacher Student Relationship
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB#8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.; Cuyahoga County Dept. of Entitlement and Employment Services, OH.
Note: Excerpts from "Enhancing the Transition to Kindergarten: Connecting Families and Schools" by Marcia Kraft-Sayre and Robert Pianta.