From the Director
This is the time of year we start to evaluate children for our Transitional Kindergarten program. Our program was developed for students who need an extra year before they go to kindergarten. These children benefit from having one more year in a smaller classroom setting. We never recommend Transitional Kindergarten if a student has learning or developmental disabilities. Most of the children have late spring and summer birthdates although we don’t believe all children with these birthdates need to wait before going on to kindergarten. We look at their classroom performance, gross and fine motor skills, and social and emotional development. If your child is identified as a possible student we will administer the Gesell Developmental Observation so we have more information to use in helping you make this important decision.
The Gesell Developmental Observation is a developmental screening tool that provides a standardized process for observing and recording a child’s behaviors and matching them with typical patterns of behavior established for each developmental level. Unlike I.Q. or academic performance tests, the Gesell Developmental Observation measures a child’s language, physical motor skills, and adaptive development (putting knowledge into action). The Gesell Developmental Observation measures developmental age, which is where a child’s overall behavior falls along the progression of human growth and development. This developmental age helps educators and parents to know where a child is functioning in relation to typical patterns of growth.
After we have gathered the information we need, a meeting is set up with the child’s parents to go over the results and give our recommendation. We are one of the only schools in the area to have a true Transitional Kindergarten program. Our program gives children all the skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. I have two children with summer birthdays. My oldest has an August birthday and I did not give her the gift of an extra year. She has always been very successful academically but we realized that she really could have used that extra year for her emotional and social development. Her middle and high school years were sometimes a challenge and sending her off to college at seventeen was difficult. My youngest child was a June birthday and he attended Transitional Kindergarten because he needed another year to be a little boy. He had a lot of play in him and we felt the extra year would help him be a leader instead of a follower. It was the best decision I could have ever made for him.
12th – Spirit Day
15th – Pre-K Classes “When I Grow Up Day”
19th – Critter Man Texas Safari to visit
21st – Transitional Kindergarten Informational Meeting 9:15am – 10:15am in the True North Chapel
26th – Western Day
28th – White Day
Music is snow much fun! It is a new year so we will be learning lots of new songs! During music class, the children will be experimenting with sand blocks, dancing in the heart of Texas, and learning about winter fun. The 3s and 4s will be using their large motor skills to skate around my room. On Western Day, January 26th, we will sing about Texas and cowboys and dance the do-si-do.
4th – Melissa Van Til (Jeep Class)
19th – Pam Pritchett (Penguin Class)
20th – Taylor Helgason (Bear Class)
31st – Taryn Fowler (Kangaroo Class)