Early Childhood

Preschool classrooms often look so different from kindergarten classrooms. What are some of the ways you bridge the gap?

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In my last district, we ran quarterly focus groups where we videotaped teachers in our district in both kindergarten and preschool classrooms. We talked about practices that were the same, common goals, and each group decided to adopt one practice from the other (kindergarten teachers adopted 6 Steps of Conflict Resolution and pre-k teachers adopted Pyramid Model expectations from the elementary school). I think everyone really gained something from that regular time to connect and work on a common goal.

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I love this idea!

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We do not attempt to bridge the gap with room arrangement. We fully believe in the research in early childhood and embrace the early years. We assist with transition in other ways.

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I teach Transitional Kindergarten (Pre-K in a TK-6 public school)my room is set up in Centers fashion like Preschool, but I integrate Kindergarten like rotations and routines. There is a balance for developmentally appropriate learning and introduction to Kindergarten expectations:

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Soap Box Moment- we should not look different. Kindergarten used to look like our PreK/early childhood classrooms. Maybe K needs to bridge the gap to us?

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I teach K and we have centers using kinder leveled activities, Ex: make letters/words with Play-Doh, coloring, and learning games. We still have a rest time and lots of opportunities to move around.

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