What are Transitions and How do you FEEL going through them?
Transition Encarta Dictionary - tran·si·tion (tran zish n) 1.Process of change a process or period in which something undergoes a change and passes from one state, stage, form, or activity to another 8.Cause to Change to undergo a change of status or condition, or cause somebody or something to undergo a change
Transitions Birth to 3 to Pre-School Pre-School to Kindergarten
Whats the BIG Deal? Parents are very nervous about how their child will do SOCIALLY –Will they cry? –Will they get along with the other children? –What if they dont like school? –What if they dont like the teacher?
Whats the BIG Deal? cont Parents are very worried about how their child will do EDUCATIONALLY –Will they be able to learn at the same pace? –Will they start out behind? –What if they cant learn? –What if they lag behind?
Whats the BIG Deal? cont Parents are worried about how THEY will do: –What if I cry? –What if I dont like the teacher? –What if the teacher doesnt like ME? –What if I dont know any of the other PARENTS?
Explain What Will Happen Talk to the parents about how the transition will occur Answer any questions Arrange for a tour of the facility Allow the students to accompany the parents on the tour
Make a Home Visit Observe the interactions in the home See the educational activities available in the home Evaluate the learning environment in the home, books, games, letters, etc Answer questions
Birth to 3 to Pre Dont Forget about the 90 Day Face to Face Meeting
How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has Flewn. How did it get so late so soon? -Dr. Seuss
Have a School Visit Tour the room Explain the schedule Explain who/how parents should contact if there is a problem Give expectations to all Provide parents with a calendar
WVDE Assistance Clayton Burch Early Learning Ginger Huffman Pre-K Special Needs Rhonda Young Creative Curriculum Saun Floyd ECERS 1-800-642-8541
Is the School Ready? a vision that is committed to the success of every child parents of incoming children contacted about registration and school entry 3 or more months before school starts kindergarten teachers communicate with preschool/child care staff about children and curriculum on an ongoing basis
Is the School Ready? procedures in place for monitoring the fidelity of implementation of all instructional materials/methods promote community linkages classroom activities provide accurate, practical, and respectful information regarding peoples cultural backgrounds and experiences
REMEMBER Educate to GRADUATE! What are YOU doing to prepare these students for LIFE?