Transitional Kindergarten - Mrs. Anita Lopez
Welcome to my classroom page! Below you will find important information regarding the class curriculum. Please feel free to email me any questions you may have. 

TK Group


What we learn in traNSitional kindergarten

With the goal of each student becoming an individual of faith who lives the Gospel message:
• Attends Mass accompanied by an 8th grader
• Participates in prayer, worship, and devotions
• Recognizes the dignity of each person because he/she is a child of God.
• Attends weekly mass
• Learns basic formal prayers
• Recognizes the Bible as the story of God’s people
• Understands that each individual is a unique child of God with special gifts to share
• Develops an understanding of Catholic values such as love, kindness, honesty, and trust


Social-Emotional Development 
Social-emotional development indicates how children acquire the social skills, self-awareness, and personal qualities that are interconnected with learning in a classroom setting. Skill development includes:

• Self-awareness
• Interpersonal awareness
• Self-regulation
• Self expression
• Verbal and non-verbal communication
• Social interaction with others
• Co-operative play skills


Language Arts

Language is one of the most important tools that children acquire, one that is essential for cognitive development, reading achievement, communication, and school performance. Curriculum includes development of foundational language and literacy skills including: 
• Identifies alphabet letters by name and sound
• Recognizes the difference between a letter and a word
• Begins to sound out simple words
• Develops age-appropriate reading skills
• Understands key ideas and structure of books
• Reading levels are assessed using Star Reader
• Comprehension is assessed through Accelerated Reader
• Reading awards are earned through Scholastic Reading Counts


• Learns to write from left to right and top to bottom • Learns to print the alphabet in both upper and lower case using control paper

• Begins to use capital letters and spaces between words

Listening and Speaking

• Begins to use appropriate listening behaviors
• Understands and follows oral directions
• Shares information and ideas
• Expands grammar usage and vocabulary acquisition
• Develops phonological awareness of words and sounds, phonics and word recognition 
• Participates in rhymes, stories, songs, and repetitive patterns


Mathematical concepts are introduced through everyday interaction within the student’ environment.

• Learns counting and number order 
• Understands the concepts of addition and subtraction
• Comprehends measurement and time concepts
• Identifies and writes numerals
• Identifies shapes and patterns
• Understands


The Transitional Kindergarten environment provides opportunity to understand science through observation and experimentation. Concepts include identification of physical properties of objects, and identification and description of the environment, weather, and life stages of plants and animals through investigation and experimentation.

Physical Science
• Identifies physical properties of objects
Earth Science
• Identifies and describes the environment and weather 
Life Science
• Identifies and describes life stages of plants and animals
Investigation and Experimentation
• Asks meaningful questions
• Communicates observations orally and through drawings


Social Studies/History 
Even in transitional kindergarten, children are prepared to become moral and productive citizens of the local and world community. Concepts identification of appropriate role models, and identification of common jobs are learned along with geography and maps, and an understanding of history through explanation of holidays and intervals of time. 
• Understands that being a Christian citizen means making responsible choices at home, school, and in our community
• Commemorates historical events and people through celebrations and seasons
• Recites the Pledge of Allegiance
• Learns about geography and maps
• Learns how to follow classroom and playground 
rules and knows the consequences of breaking them
• Develops an awareness of people and their related jobs


Home Reading

Parents are encouraged to participate in daily reading as well as the Scholastic Reading Counts program with their transitional kindergartner. A variety of books are available in the school library and classroom. You may print out a list of acceptable books from the school website


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