Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Beginnings In Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten is coming to California this fall and many of us will have these young learners in our classroom and will need to meet their needs effectively. Often the students I serve have not been to pre-school and will need many opportunities to learn the letters of the alphabet, upper and lowercase. This packet provides pocket chart activities to help students build their proficiency. In addition, I made cut and paste letter sorts that are simple to use during small group instruction but can eventually be released and used as a literacy work station.There is a bit of handwriting practice provided too. It's just enough to hold the interest of a young student. I like to keep things super simple. That's how I roll... This can be purchased in my TpT store here. I can't wait to share this with my TK and Kindergarten friends.


Jennifer Tilton said...

What a great packet! I just went to training on Letter Naming and the main message was recognizing the shape of letters and writing them, the best way in BIG motions. This packet would be great to use as an intervention for regular kindergarten. Good Job!

Fran Kramer said...

Thanks Jennifer. Lots of teachers try to slam through this and children need to do this through guided instruction.

EmBellish said...

This looks like such a great beginning of the year pack! I just joined Amy Lemon's linky party telling all about yourself. You should join too!

Tangled with Teaching

Gemma said...

Thanks for this, it's on my wishlist now! I teach K and will be teaching a TK/K split this year. I'm slightly terrified.

Ms. Lopez said...

Hey Fran, I may be teaching TK this fall! Just waiting for the official word. This packet looks great and I am looking forward to more of your posts on TK.

Coloring Outside The Lines

Maryann said...

Hi Fran!
I hope you are enjoying your summertime! I am happy to hear about the "transitional kindergarten"! Is this a full day program and how are children placed in this classroom? Just wondering-
Thanks for a wonderful packet again!
Take care of yourself!

Maryann said...

Hi Fran!
I hope you are enjoying your summertime with your family! I am glad to hear about "transitional kindergarten"! How are the children placed in this classroom and is it full day? Just wondering!
Take care!

School Sparks Renee said...

Your packet looks great. You're right - this skill is too important to be rushed. Your packet will really be useful. Renee

Melissa O. said...

Just shared your site today at a county TK training! Can't wait to tell them tomorrow that you have TK goodies up :)

Melissa from

Kelley Dolling said...

Fran . . . what a brilliant idea for a new packet!!! I am going to let our transition gal know about this for sure.

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

weety said...

I just got the official word that I'll be teaching the TK class at my school, too! Fran, I'm in So Cal as well, so I'm super excited to see what else you have to say and offer up! Will you be doing all the TK trainings for your district? My district has 2 full-time TK specialists/coordinators (not sure what they call them) for this next year. I know the training we will have to go through is going to be pretty intensive (2 full-day summer dates and monthly support meetings, trainings, and I believe weekly collaboration meetings as well.) All TK classes in our district will only be half-day to allow for this kind of structured training. I'm not sure what we'll be doing the rest of the time. I'm very interested in hearing how your district will be implementing the program as well. I'm super nervous (20 November birthday kids in one class???!!!! Yeeoooww--but I'm excited to get the opportunity to try something a little different and not have so much pressure on the poor kids.