St. Francis of Assisi School's Transitional Kindergarten program is designed for children turning age 4 by September 1st.
Program Hours: 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM Monday-Friday
Extended Care is available at 6:45 AM and after dismissal until 6:00 PM.
The morning is filled with a variety of activities, including Circle Time, Workshops and Recess. Circle time and small group instruction in Religion, language arts, and math readiness are all incorporated into the weekly curriculum. Like the offerings for our older grades, physical education, motor perception, Spanish, music, library, and computer time are also incorporated into the curriculum.
Small / fine motor skills are developed as students learn to hold crayons, chalk, colored pencils, scissors, tongs, and other small tools. Traditional activities such as arts & crafts. Play-Doh, and easel painting are offered. Our TK space focuses on numerous age-appropriate activities such as home life, books, writing, art, puzzles and more to fully engage our students with hours of discovery and exploration. Technology is utilized to offers programs such as See Saw.
Children in the Full Day program have lunch together followed by a rest period/nap, outside play and other activities. After dismissal at 2:45 PM, extended care is available until 6:00 PM.
Our program seeks to establish a learning partnership between school and home. We understand that this stage in children's lives is crucial in their social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. The primary goal of Transitional Kindergarten is to provide a well-rounded program to address the needs of the children, and to work with the home in this process.
Our program is designed to help the child develop his/her strengths and become a unique individual. We provide the child with experiences that support success and self worth, while preparing him/her for kindergarten and the world beyond. The activities used to promote this growth are centered on various themes that are flexible enough to adapt to the interests and needs of the children.
As a Catholic school, religious development is of primary importance to us. It is approached simply and in the total context of the child's life. Values are cultivated in a child both through direct teaching, and also through the example experienced in everyday situations. Short prayers will be taught that may be recited at meals and group times. Songs, stories and activities may also reflect the religious roots of our school.
Our program is structured to guide youngsters in understanding that people and the world are gifts of a loving God. Using this positive framework, we focus on nurturing each child's curiosity and sense of wonder.
Program Goals for Transitional Kindergarten include:
- Understand the gifts we are given and how good our God is
- Develop a natural curiosity and wonder about God and the world
- Shape attitudes of love and respect towards all, including oneself
- Learn short prayers, songs, and participate in special liturgies
- Understand kindness, respect and acceptance
- Paint, draw, and sculpt
- Participate in music class
- Music and Movement
- Recognize colors
- Physical development
- Recognize pictures, words, and stories
- Understand that writing is communication
- Introduction to the Spanish language
- Introduction to the library
- Introduction to a pre-writing program
- Motor perception
- Participate in indoor and outdoor physical activity
- Use writing tools, puzzles, scissors, blocks, play-dough, tricycles, and computers
- Social development
- Recognize shapes
- Compare size, shape, length, and weight
- Introduction to the use of technology via computers
- Math Concepts
- Follow classroom rules
- Assume responsibility for behavior, classroom materials, and school routine
- Interact positively with other children
- Participate in group activities
- Emotional development
- Develop self-control
- Relate to others in group situations
- To promote self-help skills
- Utilize quiet and reflective moments
- Science with hands-on reinforcement
- Actively participate in your child’s education
- Understand the correlation between the home environment and school success
- Celebrate our community and participate in school activities
- Be aware of available community resources
- Read to your children on a regular basis