For the young, five-year-old student or for those children who may need an extra year to further develop academically, socially, or emotionally, our transitional classroom may be the perfect option. It can serve as the bridge to the more challenging aspects of a full day Kindergarten program. With the gift of an extra year, and plenty of individualized attention, children have the opportunity to become leaders in their classes and to become equipped with the skills necessary for success in Kindergarten.
The concept of Transitional Kindergarten is gaining popularity because it is a great place to promote socialization, hands-on learning, and emergent literacy in both math and language arts.
Over the years, Kindergarten programs have become more challenging. State standards, parental expectations, and comprehensive reading and math curricula have changed the landscape for these young students. Sometimes, children have a difficult time making the jump from preschool to kindergarten. It can be hard to assimilate into a setting that is more structured and demanding, has a greater number of students, and allows limited personal attention.
Here at Bethlehem, our bridged Pre-K/Kindergarten curriculum is presented at a developmentally appropriate pace. This pace allows for more repetition, the extra time needed to digest material, and the opportunity to reinforce any concepts not immediately understood. As children are able to fully grasp ideas and skills, they experience increased self-confidence. Success -- early in the educational process -- leads to increased self-confidence, better peer relationships, and encourages each child to ask questions and express their voice.