Transitional Kindergarten

The California Department of Education approved a request from PUSD to waive Education Code Section 37202(a) allowing Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students to attend school for a half day program.  The waiver, # 22-2-2017-W-02, was approved at the May 11, 2017 meeting and is in effect from June 30, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  The rationale behind this request rests on several points:

  1.        TK is intended to be the first year of a two year Kindergarten experience.  PUSD believes it is in the best interest of TK students to attend school within the required number of instructional minutes for Kindergarten, which is 180 minutes, of a half day.
  2.        TK students participate in an intensive language arts and math curricula aligned to the California State Standards (2010) in ELA and Math.  They also experience instruction in other core areas during this time, as well as support for behavioral, social and emotional development.  This structure ensures that our TK students are fully prepared to meet the academic rigor in the second year of the Kindergarten sequence.
  3.        TK teachers in PUSD are fully credentialed educators who provide intervention and enrichment support to other primary classrooms in the afternoon portion of their daily schedule.  This structure collectively reduces class size for our primary students in grades K-2, and ensures high quality teachers are working with students needing additional supports or enrichment.


Curriculum Overview

The chart below indicates the included ~ but not limited to ~ units of study at each grade level, and across each subject area.*In the subjects of Reading, Writing, and Math the students are cluster grouped for differentiated instruction within their individual classrooms  and across the grade level.
  K 1 2 3 4 5
Reading* Phonemic Awareness; Word Chunks; Guided Reading Emergent Readers; Guided Reading Groups; Big Books Basal Text; Guided Reading Groups; Big Books Basal Text; Chapter Books; Non-fiction Literature Anthology;
Core Literature; Non-fiction
Core Literature; Novels & Junior Great Books; Non-fiction
Writing* Sound to Symbol;
Basic Sentences
Sentence Expansion;
Literary Analysis;
 Narrative; Descriptive; Expository
Everyday Math* Patterning; Measurement; Number Sense; Place Value; Graphing; 
Time & Money
 Patterning; Measurement;
Numeration; Geometry - shape recognition
Basic Computation; Place Value; Beginning Fractions and Decimals; Measurement Reinforce basic computation; Multiplication; Decimals & Fractions; Area & Perimeter; Standard & Metric Measurement Multiplication & Division;
Beginning Algebraic Equations
Multiplication & Division;
Functions; Pre-algebra
Volcanoes; Water; Weather; Our body; Life Cycles Seasons; Weather; Matter; Plants & Animals Rocks & Fossils; Forces; 
Life Cycles
Solar System; Matter;
Volcanoes & Earthquakes;
Biomes & Habitats
Space; Weather
Cellular Structure; Body Systems
Social Science Holidays; Famous People; Community Workers Our Local Community; Social Skills; Cultural Diversity Ancestors & Family; Famous People San Diego County History Calif. State Geography & History U.S. Geography & History up to the causes of the 
Civil War
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