Transitional Kindergarten

Frequently Answered Questions

1. What is the age limit for transitional kindergarten program?

Children must turn 5 years old by March 1st. Transitional kindergarten is for children who do not make the age deadline for kindergarten or for those students who are not developmentally ready for kindergarten.

2. What will the curriculum be for the transitional kindergarten program? What is the philosophy of the program?

The curriculum is following the California Transitional Kindergarten guidelines set by California’s Department of Education. St. Isidore’s School is now providing a two-year kindergarten program. One year is transitional kindergarten and the second year is the standard kindergarten program. Students enter where it best fits for their age, academic needs, and social development. The transitional kindergarten program includes a developmental approach that prepares student for the kindergarten year. The focus is building literacy, math, and social development in a nurturing Christ-centered environment

3. What are the hours of transitional kindergarten?

There are two sessions for TK. The A.M. session is from 7:50-11:20. The P.M. session runs from 11:30-2:50. These two sessions will flip flop in January. Monday times are A.M. from 7:50-10:50 and P.M. from 10:50-1:50. Both A.M. and P.M. students will all be together on 12:00 dismissal days.

4. What does a tentative schedule for the transitional kindergarten include?

The tentative schedule takes into account what is recommended by the state and is offered in other public and private transitional kindergarten programs.

Tentative Transitional Kindergarten Schedule:

  • 7:50-8:00- Circle Time
  • 8:00-8:50- Literacy Stations
  • 8:50-9:20- Snack/Recess
  • 9:20-9:55- Math Stations
  • 9:55-10:45- Specialty Classes (Spanish, Music, P.E., Art)
  • 10:45-11:00- Religion
  • 11:00-11:20- Free Choice/Closing

5. Will they attend all school masses on Friday?

Yes, students will attend mass after the New Year. We will transition them into school masses and sit with kindergarten students.

6. Will students have snack time? Are students allowed to stay for lunch?

Yes, there will be snack time. Details will be provided later. In addition, students may stay for lunch if they choose to stay during the enrichment period. They may bring their own PEANUT-FREE lunch or purchase Choice Lunch.

7. How many teachers do TK students have?

There is one teacher and one full-time instructional assistant.

8. Will there be volunteer positions in the classroom?

Yes, we will invite parents to sign up for volunteer positions.

9. What is the enrichment part of T.K.?

Enrichment is an optional part of the day for Transitional Kindergarten. If your child is an Early Bulldog, they may choose to stay all day in the enrichment room. If your child is a Late Bulldog, they may choose to be dropped off in the morning for enrichment. The enrichment schedule includes lunch, story time, music/movement, STEM stations, and Free Choice stations. There is one enrichment teacher and an instructional assistant with the students.

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