ERIC Number: ED481725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Off to Kindergarten: Toolbox for Effective Transitions.
Vermont Early Childhood Work Group.
Noting that the transition to school often sets the tone for the childs future school experiences, this toolbox identifies 33 proven practices currently used by schools districts and early childhood programs throughout Vermont to help children make a successful adjustment to school. Beginning with a list of guiding concepts on transition and introductory remarks, the booklet presents practices categorized by priority: required, highly recommended, recommended, and optional. Each transition activity is identified by a number that can also be cross-referenced on the transition toolbox timeline at the end of the booklet; information is provided on the time frame involved, a description of the activity, delineation of who is responsible for completing the activity, and the necessary resources/costs to complete the activity. Required transition activities are transition planning for children with Individualized Education Plans, and kindergarten registration. Highly recommended activities include establishing a shared understanding of school readiness, transition planning for children with special needs, kindergarten screening, sharing information on classroom practices and expectations, and meeting with early childhood providers. Recommended activities include reciprocal teacher visits, community forum on transitions and school readiness, and information packets for parents. Optional activities include playgroups, "welcome to kindergarten" books or videotapes, portfolio presentations, and first day activities. Communities currently incorporating various activities are identified throughout the booklet. A suggested time frame for completing transition activities completes the booklet. (KB)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Family School Relationship, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Pamphlets, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Readiness, Special Needs Students, Student Adjustment, Transitional Programs
Early Childhood Education Programs, Vermont Department of Education, 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620. Tel: 802-828-3892; Fax: 802-828-0573; Web site: http://www.doe.state.vt.us.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Vermont Early Childhood Work Group.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont