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Transitional kindergarten is on today's agenda

Transitional Kindergarten School Playground

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Vanessa Delgado and Ashley Vargas play during recess at Martha Escutia Primary Center, which offers transitional kindergarten.

Last week we blogged about transitional kindergarten being the bridge program for 4-year-olds not yet old enough for kindergarten. Today I'm at the annual TK conference where more than 400 administrators, principals and teachers are sharing strategies for creating more successful TK programs.

One of the main messages from the conference so far is that TK is about equalizing the playing field when kids enter kindergarten. Principal Friedrich from Stanley Mosk Elementary points out how kindergarten has become very academic in the past decade — as schools move to meet new achievement standards — and this is really leaving some kids behind. TK builds social-emotional skills, fine motor skills, as well as basic literacy and numeracy.

TK should be a more play-and-discovery-based learning environment where children can learn the basics they need to enter kindergarten, experts say.

You can tune in to a live stream of the lunch and keynote speakers here: http://t.co/thG1hrcO 

More info at www.tkcalifornia.org

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