Running Header: Assignment 5.2 EDAD 530 Early Childhood Classroom Exploration Assignment Module 5 Assignment 5.2 Early Childhood Classroom Exploration Assignment Brooke Mendoza EDAD530.01.FA2018 - School, Families & Community
Assignment 5.2 EDAD 530 Early Childhood Classroom Exploration Assignment2 EARLY CHILDHOOD TRANSITION RESEARCH 1.Find at least 2 sources to help you learn more about important things to consider and have in place related to early childhood transitions into kindergarten. Write a summary of your research, and include at least 3 citations. Also, include a list of references. (1 page) As a former kindergarten teacher, this assignment really resonated with me. There are so many vital and critical components when transitioning students that can either make or break their transition. On their first day of kindergarten, students are usually the same age, however, they always come from a wide range of experiences. There are students who have attended preschool, Pre-K, center-based child care, or a family daycare, while others stayed with grandparents or at home with mom or dad. From my experience, just as wide ranging is how ready they are to become thriving students. Research shows that children who begin kindergarten at the lowest academic and social levels are at a high risk of future poor academic performance and negative experiences later in life.(Helsel, F. ,2015) Evidence also has suggested that more than half the achievement gap in later years are already present when students begin kindergarten. This is why it is critical for school systems to look at the experiences and opportunities they provide their youngest students and their families. Students have a better chance of success later on when they make smooth transitions into school and when their schools have effective leadership. (Helsel, F. ,2015)
Assignment 5.2 EDAD 530 Early Childhood Classroom Exploration Assignment3 When reading the article, Six Ways Principals Can Support the Transition to Kindergarten, I learned that there are six practices, backed by research, that can help schools and/or administrators ease the transition for new kindergarten students and support their academic success throughout their early grades. The article talks about the importance of involving families and communities in the transition. According to the National Association of Elementary School Principals, strong connections between schools and families help stimulate a child’s development. (NAESP , n.d.)To help transition from preschool and to promote positive transitions it is important to establish ongoing communications. Encouraging home visits and getting parents and children to visit school before the school year starts are two important ways to do this. The article also talked about creating professional development opportunities specific to teaching young children, making sure the standards and the curriculum are aligned, review use and share student data with families and teachers, make sure the students come to school, and building awareness of transition programs provided.