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Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers—Kindergarten Teachers (receiving program)

Kindergarten teachers face their own set of challenges. Each year they must learn the characteristics, skills, and needs of a new group of students. They need to take the knowledge learned about the children and apply it to a classroom full of young children and successfully acclimate the children to a whole new world of experiences. They need to try and help children and their families feel comfortable with the new learning environment while meeting the expectations of the administration and of the first-grade teachers about what will be included in the curriculum. And they tend to do this with big smiles on their faces!

These pages are specifically designed to help kindergarten teachers by providing ideas on how to help children have a smooth transition during the kindergarten year. Click on the buttons above to find creative transition activities and ideas, downloadable material to provide for parents, activities to promote family involvement, ideas on how to make connections with the sending programs, and much more.

We encourage you to add to our resources by submitting ideas that have worked particularly well for you. We appreciate your sharing, and we hope that you, too, can benefit by seeing what works for other kindergarten teachers around the country. To share your ideas, simply click on the Idea Sharing button. You can then return to where you were or to anywhere else on the website.

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