Let's Start Transitional Kindergarten!
Moving up to Kindergarten - Parent Information Night
The Milpitas Unified School District will again present "Moving Up: Raising a Kindergarten Ready Child” parent workshop on April 28, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Milpitas Library Auditorium. This workshop consists of a panel presentation followed by a question and answer session. The panel was moderated by Kathy Lincoln, Program Director of the Milpitas Unified School District Child Development Program and featured guest presenters: Dr. Harpreet Hansra, Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Erika Hernandez, Literacy Specialist from Randall Elementary, Ms. Susan Von Tersch, Kindergarten Teacher at Weller, Ms. Liz Medina, Elementary School Parent at Weller, and Ms. Anne Ehresman, Executive Director of Project Cornerstone. The conversation addressed many facets of kindergarten readiness throughout the evening, including:
- preparing your child to say, “I can do it”, “I can make it better” and “My family needs me”
- health and wellness, immunizations, nutrition and sleep patterns
- how, when and why to read with your child
- the developmental assets framework
- the difference between transitional and traditional kindergarten
- tried and true parenting tips
- what to expect when your child starts school
- how to volunteer for MUSD
- the enrollment process for transitional and traditional kindergarten
- and much, much more!
In addition, a First Five/Health Trust resource table was available with free Potter the Otter books, growth charts, Oral Health information and the I’m Ready for Kindergarten handbook. Free child care was provided at the Milpitas Library by special arrangement.
Ready for Kindergarten Parent Workshop
Top 10 Things to Do ~ The Summer before Transitional Kindergarten
1. Focus on Language ~
Speak Up! Read! Write!
2. Use your Muscles ~
Get your big muscles moving! Little muscle practice!
3. Explore your World ~
Grow your brain!
4. Practice Kindergarten Academics ~
Learn your ABCs! Get counting! Experiment and ask “Why?”
5. Early to Bed and Early to Rise…
Set in place home routines and schedules now so you are all ready
when school starts.
6. I Can Do It!
Work on independence. Practice self–control. Be a good friend.
7. You are You ~
What makes your child unique? Celebrate your culture and tell
8. Be Smart about Electronics ~
Limit “screen time” to no more than 1-2 hours per day.
9. Health Matters ~
Set in place healthy habits to last a lifetime. Practice good
hygiene at home. Remember - safety first!
10. What Will Kindergarten Be Like?
Let’s find out by reading a book...
♥ For more in depth information about these summer activities ♥
What is Transitional Kindergarten?
What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?! How is it different from Traditional Kindergarten? Is it a required grade? With the advent of TK, lots of questions are in the air! In brief "It is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students who are born between September and December" (Preschool California). To get your local, Milpitas Unified School District, questions answered (or to enroll your child) please contact your local elementary school. Not sure what school your child will attend? Click here to access the school finder utility. For general questions and more state-wide information about TK, go to the TK California website where you can access a fact sheet, an age chart, the latest news and much more.
Other Great Resources
Want to see the video from a prior year Transition to Kindergarten Workshop? Local Community Partners discuss what Kindergarten Readiness means to them. Click above to select the segment you are most interested in viewing.
Want to download a Kindergarten Readiness Handbook? This free resource is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese and covers important topics like the "building blocks of kindergarten readiness" and a "countdown to kindergarten calendar". Click above to go to the First 5 Santa Clara County kindergarten readiness site.
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013