Transitional Kindergarten Fast Facts
- Class Size: 16 students
- Class Staff: 1 full-time certified teacher, 1 full-time teaching assistant
- Age Accepted: Child must be 5 years old by December 31st
- Days: Monday-Friday
- Hours: 8:15am – 3:00pm
- After Care: available for a fee from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Transitional Kindergarten Program Overview
The Transitional Kindergarten at GRACE started with the 2014-2015 school year. Enrollment in this class is limited to 16 students who are ready for more than preschool, but not yet ready for Kindergarten. With a dedicated full-time teacher and teaching assistant, GRACE transitional kindergarten students receive a lot of love and attention as they develop foundational academic skills that will serve them well in future grades.
The cornerstone of a GRACE Elementary School education is developing a love for learning and a love for the Lord. Bible instruction in transitional kindergarten focuses on familiar Bible lessons presented from both the Old Testament and New Testament, emphasizing God’s love. Classroom activities focus on role playing, re-enactment, and hands-on experiences to bring learning to life.
Academically, GRACE is committed to teaching foundational skills in all disciplines. In language arts, students develop phonemic awareness through use of the Zoo Phonics curriculum that provides a multi-sensory, kinesthetic approach to language development. Music, movement and tactile learning are used to learn letters, sounds, names, and identification. In mathematics, students will develop number sense by exploring patterns, shapes, counting, number recognition, problem solving and measuring.
In transitional kindergarten, SMARTBoards are utilized to provide differentiated learning opportunities for students with varying learning styles and abilities. Weekly enrichment classes include visits to GRACE’s well-stocked library, physical education, and music. Additionally, field trips and special events allow the transitional kindergarten teaching team to extend the classroom walls to engage students in the world in which they live.
All GRACE teachers are degreed and certified educators that provide appropriate academic challenge at each grade level while fostering a safe, loving, and caring environment.