Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling your student at Pacific School, please complete the appropriate Interest Form. More information about our enrollment procedures is Here.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) serves students who turn four years old on or before September 1 of the school year. (Kindergarten serves students who turn five years old on or before September 1 of the school year.)
Please note that while California as a whole is rolling out TK in phases, the Pacific School board has decided to accept all students in the entire 12 month age class into TK without waiting for the full roll-out. Therefore some students will be age-eligible for TK at Pacific School who are not age-eligible for TK at some other districts.
Schedule and Wrap-Around Care
Transitional Kindergarten meets in the afternoons from 11:20 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Independent study students attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only, while five-day students attend Mondays through Fridays.
Assuming space is available, TK students can attend Pacific Preschool from 8:15-11:20. Families pay tuition or qualify for free state-subsidized preschool.
Also, After School Recreation is available for TK students Monday-Friday, from 3:10 until 5:15 p.m.
Rachel Paul (Rachel or Mx. Paul, Teacher of Record for TK) and Pablo Uribe Llano (Pablo or Mr. Llano, Teacher of Record for Kindergarten) will be the co-teaching team for the TK and Kindergarten classes in the 2022-2023 school year.
The team is excited to bring their shared early childhood teaching experience to Pacific. Pablo has three years of teaching experience and, having taught in outdoor and nature-based settings, is eager to explore Pacific’s learning garden with the kids. Rachel, with four years of classroom teaching experience, is looking forward to bringing their love of art and material exploration into the classroom for their second year teaching at Pacific.
Our Transitional Kindergarten classroom fosters a creative and joyful environment in which students bridge their preschool experience and future kindergarten learning. The play-based, emergent curriculum centers on children’s interest and discovery. We believe that children are naturally curious about their world.
Children learn experientially through hands-on investigations of the Earth, Life, and Physical sciences in the classroom and garden.
Our literacy curriculum emerges from a text-rich environment in which children seek and engage with books and print as meaningful, useful, and joyful communication. As children explore the characteristics of letters and sounds, they develop their foundation for the reading and writing they will take on in their kindergarten classroom.
TK students also visit the school library weekly and have the opportunity to check out books.
Our mathematics exploration begins with curiosity around numbers and patterns and deepens with children’s play and manipulation of a wide variety of counters, collections, shapes, and blocks. As children make their investigations, we guide their understanding of counting, cardinality, comparison, addition and subtraction. Our block-building curriculum grows children’s understanding of number, physics, size, shape, and balance.
Art, Music, and Dance
Woven into all of the children’s experiences are rich opportunities to express themselves in the arts through dramatic play, song, dance, paint, clay, sculpture, collage, pastels, pencils and markers. The children study color theory, composition, and expression through a mix of guided and independent work.
Throughout their day in the classroom, children learn how to be productive and valued community members and practice the necessary social and emotional skills needed for a school setting. We love to help children form new friendships and support them in resolving conflicts through read-aloud stories, meeting conversations, and restorative circles. We extend our learning beyond the classroom through field trips to our beautiful State Parks and local businesses and by inviting community members with experience in many fields to share their passions and interests with us.
Every week we will send out an email newsletter to keep you connected to our curriculum. In addition, we will contact you with updates about your child through email or at drop-off or pick-up times.
You can reach us both at tk @ pacificesd.org.
Or you can contact us individually:
If you would like to support our transitional kindergarten program, consider materials from our classroom wishlist including books for our growing classroom library.