Essay about Transitions from Preschool to Kindergarten

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Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

Today, I’m going to talk about “Transition from preschool to kindergarten”. Transition is when you move from a familiar place to an unfamiliar place where you are separated from your friends or families. If you have ever made a move from one location to another or separated from friends, you know how hard a transition can be. Going from a known, comfortable environment to one that is different and unfamiliar can be very stressful. This is often how young children feel as they move from preschool to kindergarten. For a young child to experience transition from preschool to kindergarten is very hard for him or her, if a smooth transition is not given to the children, they might face
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During this time, teacher can use age appropriate children’s literature, child dictated stories, and have kindergarten children read to preschoolers, exchange favorite songs, stories, rhymes, and games with each other and have both classrooms celebrate and share special days together like Christmas, New Year, Easter, or Valentine day. These activities will help the preschoolers to understand more about what they will do when they are in kindergarten. With this they will not feel afraid when they enter the kindergarten on the first day as they already familiarize with the activities going on in the school. They will also be able to have the opportunities to make friends with some of the kindergarten students. As Maxwell and Eller said that “A generous amount of guided social experience with peers prior to kindergarten helps children do well in this new world” Not every child will accept and get use to the transition activities planned by teachers. They might still find it difficult to be separated from their families and peers to begin their formal school experience that includes joining a classroom community. With this, social stories can be used to help children in decreasing their fear in transitioning. Social stories are teacher-made books written for children on topics relevant to an individual, it can provide assistance for those preschool-age children who

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