Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does Transitional Kindergarten differ from regular Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is designed for children who are five years old on or before August 31. Transitional Kindergarten, which is a stepping stone to traditional Kindergarten, is designed for children who are four years old on or before August 31.
Can I enroll my child for the TK program if the class is already full?
Once the class is full, enrollment will close. However, families can request to be added to a waitlist by contacting Kalama Elementary School.
What are the state requirements of a Transitional Kindergarten program?
The requirements for Transitional Kindergarten are the same as those for regular kindergarten. This includes:
Classrooms staffed by certificated teacher(s) and paraeducators.
Provisions of a curriculum that offer a rich, varied set of experiences that assist students in:
Developing initial skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, and writing.
Developing a variety of communication skills.
Providing experiences in science, social studies, arts, health and physical education, and a world language other than English.
Acquiring large and small motor skills.
Acquiring social and emotional skills, including successful participation in learning activities as an individual and as part of a group.
Learning through hands-on experiences.
Established learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity.
Demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning community providers.
Participate in kindergarten program readiness activities with early learning providers and parents.
Administration of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions about Kalama School District’s Transitional Kindergarten program, please contact the school office at 360-673-5207.