ERIC Number: ED464447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Paving the Way to Kindergarten: Timelines and Guidelines for Preschool Staff Working with Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families.
This booklet is designed to offer preschool staff who are working with children with special needs a process for supporting children and families through the transition to kindergarten. It begins by discussing the teachers role as a partner to parents of children with disabilities. A timeline is then presented for planning a child's transition to kindergarten. Goals and student educational objectives are listed for September to December, January to February, and March to June. Tips are provided for writing a teacher report for the Committee on Special Education, as well as for providing a transition portfolio for the kindergarten teacher. Activities are also listed for helping children to be emotionally ready to transition to kindergarten. The booklet then discusses home school placement and placement in inclusive schools. A reading list on transition is provided, along with transition books for students. Appendices include a Kindergarten Survival Skills Checklist, an observation checklist to help parents and educators organize information and impressions of a programs suitability for a particular child, a list of questions for parents to consider to assess a student's program needs, and a transition to kindergarten timeline for planning for preschool staff, parents, and school staff. (CR)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Developmental Stages, Disabilities, Educational Planning, Home Schooling, Inclusive Schools, Kindergarten, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Portfolios (Background Materials), Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, School Readiness, Student Educational Objectives, Student Placement, Teacher Role, Transitional Programs, Young Children
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-2280. Tel: 800-894-0826 (Toll Free); Tel: 315-443-2761; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://soeweb.syr.edu/thechp/PavingTheWay.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Note: Originally written in 1997. Revised by Dianne Apter and Rachael Zubl in 2001. Supported by the National Resource Center on Supported Living and Choice. Created as part of "Paving the Way to Kindergarten" project. Based on original work of Ellen Donovan.