Transitional Kindergarten 

In preparing young learners for the elementary experience at Prospect Sierra, our transitional kindergarten will provide students with daily opportunities to practice the social-emotional skills needed to identify their feelings, regulate using specific tools, and practice problem solving with friends so that they can function happily as a group; develop an awareness, appreciation, and responsibility to the natural world through daily outdoor explorations; and engage in physical learning and play that will intentionally aid in their gross and fine motor development, as well as tap into their natural curiosity.

Program Overview

 

The program is unique from preschool and kindergarten in that it intentionally builds pre-academic skills beyond the preschool experience while connecting this next level of learning to daily explorations outside of the classroom. Daily explorations to Canyon Trail Park, the school garden, the bunnies, and elementary buddy classrooms will be connected intentionally to learning activities within the classroom. Learning and play in innovative ways will further support an introduction to Prospect Sierra that roots children in creativity and deep dives into what intrigues them about the world.

Rich with a diversity of literature, students will see themselves and their peers reflected in their environment. Because of Prospect Sierra’s mission to develop in students the skills to build a better world, heavy emphasis at this stage will be in getting to know one’s self and sharing of that self in various ways with peers. Families will be encouraged to participate and share regularly about family culture and traditions. We want students from a young age to recognize that identity matters, and feel that they are known deeply within the school community. The school and surrounding environment then become a safe place to explore, play, and delve deeply into new learning, taking risks to try new things while being gently guided along the way.

The role of our teachers is to facilitate, assist, and guide students in deep, meaningful experiences that can connect their play and engagement with new materials to skills that will inform their academic years ahead. Above all, teachers will share their passion for learning-by-doing with students daily, create a joyful learning community, and celebrate the authenticity and diversity of the group.

 

Transitional kindergarten hours and options

  • Our transitional kindergarten runs on the Prospect Sierra academic calendar (late August until early June). Days and hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with the option of extended program from 2:45 to 6:00 p.m. daily.
  • Full day care is available on parent teacher conference days, teacher work days, and teacher inservice days.
  • Optional four-week summer camp will be available in summer 2020 for rising kindergarten and first grade students.

Our transitional kindergarten program focuses on fostering social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development.

A Day in the Life of Transitional Kindergarten

  • Daily morning meetings that include songs and stories, exposure to letters and sounds, and counting games and calendar activities
  • Indoor and outdoor learning and play
  • Arts-based activities
  • Conversation about being a classroom community, mutual respect, and cooperation
  • Opportunities to develop empathy for others and for the natural world, such as being the primary caretakers of the bunnies and having the responsibility of composting and recycling for their classroom
  • Cooking and nutrition built into learning weekly
  • Weekly specialist classes such as music, library, colab (maker space), and physical education
  • Daily fine and gross motor activities designed by specialists
  • A commitment to helping students practice mindfulness as a way to be present and intentional in their interactions and learning

 

How to apply for transitional kindergarten