Notes from Amber and Tracey, Co-Directors of Education
The Co-Directors of Education would like to say Happy New Year!
As we begin a new year it’s a great time to start thinking about the new changes in your child’s life if your child is a preschooler getting ready to transition to kindergarten this fall. Children go through many transitions throughout their lives, but one of the most important transitions is the one from a preschool program to kindergarten. “During this period behavior is shaped and attitudes are formed that will influence children throughout their education” (PTA and Head Start, 1999). Children’s transitions are most strongly influenced by their home environment, the preschool program they attend, and the continuity between preschool and kindergarten (Riedinger, 1997).
Here at Peninsula Children’s Center we help children to prepare for kindergarten from the moment they enter our program whether they are an infant, toddler, junior or preschooler. Our curriculum and assessment programs support the development of each child, and we provide facilitated play throughout each day. Our teachers engage with children during play to help children develop negotiation skills or to share complex ideas. “Research shows that play actually leads to improved academic skills. In this fast-track world, it may be hard to believe that play is critical for brain development, but it is. Play, which is really a child’s ‘work,’ contributes to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth."
In order to facilitate a smooth transition between our preschool program and kindergarten, Peninsula hopes to host a community informational meeting for all parents within the Jefferson Cluster Schools which is a part of Portland Public Schools. We will post flyers and include the date, time and location of this meeting if we are able to make it happen. If you have questions about any transitions - between classrooms or from preschool to kindergarten - please contact us! Amber can be reached at 503-280-0534, ext. 33 or email@example.com. Tracy is available at 503-280-0534, ext. 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org.