Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum

Bible (BJU Press and Positive Action for Christ)

Bible time is a fun time for students to learn Christ-likeness.  Bible time includes reciting the pledges, singing Bible songs, memorizing verses, participating in prayer time and engaging in a Bible lesson.  Students learn practical lessons from biblical characters in areas such as decision making, respecting God, respecting others, and following God’s plan for their lives.

Math Footsteps for Fours (BJU Press)

In Transitional Kindergarten, children learn to recognize and understand the concepts of numbers. By the end of the year, students are able to count from 1 to 100, recognize 1-20, distinguish before and after numbers, and answer simple combinations.  Students review the days of the week, months of the year, and other similar sequences.  Students become familiar with telling time and are recognizing and creating patterns.

Language Arts (BJU Press, supplemented with A Beka Book)

Language Arts is a critical component of the Transitional Kindergarten classroom and includes discussion and story times, phonics and reading, and visits from community helpers and other guests.  Students refine their verbal skills and participate in an activity that correlates with the lesson.

Phonics and Reading
Students in Transitional Kindergarten reach various levels of reading by using the phonics system with word families.  Students enjoy rhyming and identifying phonetic sounds as they naturally surface.  This approach prepares students to achieve maximum success in kindergarten and beyond.

Language Development
Language development is such an emerging factor at this age.  Not only are students learning the basics of phonetic reading, but they also develop critical thinking skills through engaging comprehension discussions.  Students learn to articulate their thoughts and requests and practice the art of being active listeners.

Handwriting
Students learn a pre-cursive style writing in a program that is correlated with their phonics.  As they learn the sound and name of each letter, they learn the correct way to write the upper and lower- case letters. Students also practice number formation.

Enrichment Opportunities:  Music, Gross Motor Activities (Physical Education), Centers
Students attend enrichment classes on a weekly basis.  Music class, which meets twice per week, encourages the students’ love of music.  While learning rhythm and theory, students have fun following musical games and tweaking their listening skills.  During Physical Education, students work on skills such as kicking or throwing, running, and catching.  Students also work on following directions.  Centers time provides students the occasion for learning through imaginative play. Students learn to share, cooperate, and listen respectfully.