• Kalia Kids Transitional Kindergarten

    Our Transitional Kindergarten Program is a kindergarten preparatory program especially designed for older four year olds and your five year olds; some of whom have just missed the cutoff date for kindergarten or whose parents and teachers feel they would benefit from another year of foundational preschool.

    The program is not only age appropriate, but individually appropriate as well. Our classroom has been designed to offer a number of different activities in our various learning centers throughout the school day. Each center is represented by materials, which stimulate young minds and offer a hands-on approach to education. These materials are rotated on an ongoing basis to peak the interest of the children, giving them an endless array of new opportunities to further their road to discovery, with the guidance of teachers who are highly trained in the field of early childhood development and who have a natural love and understanding of the children in their care.

    The children are encouraged without pressure to broaden their learning experiences through science, math, social studies, art, computer science and large and small motor activities. Whether it’s pretending to be a chef in the Dramatic Play Area, to building a sky scraper in the Block Area or creating a masterpiece at the Writing Center, each child’s achievements are revered by positive, uplifting reinforcement by the teachers.

    Music is a big part of our program. Poems and finger plays are introduced on a daily basis to encourage language development. The children are also exposed to print and language integrated in every activity center. When they are ready, beginning phonics is introduced, as well as forming simple words and using visual aids to perform math tasks.

    With a desire to expose children to the cultures around us, cooking international recipes, taking an imaginary trip to a faraway land, reading books that encompass more realistic themes and storylines, and giving children the chance to speak about their own heritage, we open the windows of the world in our classroom.