Transitional K / K combo class

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by katrinkakat, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. katrinkakat

    katrinkakat Connoisseur

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    Jul 27, 2012

    Hi,
    I haven't been to these forums for awhile, but they've always helped me during tough times in my teaching career! I love AtoZ forums!!

    Just wondering if anyone else has been told they will teach a transitional K - K combo class this year. I believe it is mandatory to have a TK class in California now, and many of us will teach combo classes until we have enough to have a straight TK.

    I will look on other threads for ideas on teaching combo classes, but
    wanted to share some ideas on combo classes with younger students, 4-6. I'm from a Head Start background, so I'm excited to do this!
    Thanks for any input/ideas! ~ :love:
     
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  3. christine89

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    I don't know if mine is considered Transitional K. But we started out the year last year with a PreK (4) and K (5) combination. It was pretty difficult, but it ended up being a lot of different learning and maturity levels in one room to be combined. So we split. I plan PreK lessons and my aide does the activities with the students while I have K in another room doing reading instruction with them. We are only combined for morning/calendar time, free play, lunch, and specials. It works well and I'm not sure that we'll ever really go back to being combined all morning like we started. We really tried, but it's a tough combination.
     
  4. MrsM7

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    I taught a K/1 combo a few years ago and know what you mean about a wide range of skills. I taught everything together except for daily skills groups in reading and math. I would teach a large group reading and then break into small groups with an aide. There are lots of things they can learn about books/letters/sounds etc together but the small group lesson would come from their different grade curriculums. The large group math was the calendar followed by grade level curriculum groups. All the rest- specialists and science/social was taught together too.

    The longer you do it the more you find ways for the older students to be leaders and help with the youngers. I really enjoyed it once I got a handle on it.
     

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