Transitional Kindergarten
353 views | +0 today
Follow
Transitional Kindergarten
Transitional Kindergarten resources curated here
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

What Electronic Toys, TV Can Do to Your Infant’s Brain

What Electronic Toys, TV Can Do to Your Infant’s Brain | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Because infants become so transfixed on the TV screen, they stop doing anything and everything else and ultimately, they miss out on human interaction and the opportunity to explore their new and exciting world.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
See the recommendations for the holiday season, which tends to push more screen time on the little ones.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

3. Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development

Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development.

J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
This segment helps clarify the technical aspects of "Toxic Stress." We need to promote highly caring, engaging, and positive environments for our youngest.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

5 Things Teachers Can Learn from Their Band Director

5 Things Teachers Can Learn from Their Band Director | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Thanks to Dr. Rob Furman and edutopia.org
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I can identify with his 5 points and add some of my own, having spent a number of years in band programs through High School, College, and beyond. 
One is fun. Band directors know how to capture and use the elements of enjoyment inherent in music, making work "fun." 
Another is competition. One of the driving forces in successful band programs is the idea that we were preparing music to be better than we had before--and better than other groups. This is different than the collaboration he mentioned in the article.

><><><>
Image credit: Morguefile.com
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by J. Mark Schwanz from iPads, MakerEd and More in Education
Scoop.it!

School Makerspaces Should Spark Innovation

School Makerspaces Should Spark Innovation | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
It is obvious from the popularity of the maker movement – as well as design thinking, project based curricula, and career and technical schools – that young people crave the opportunity to work with their hands and to create.

It seems to be something adults are also interested in based on the number of people who purchase hand-crafted goods on Etsy, watch cooking and home improvement television, and curate DIY ideas on Pinterest.

Home economics and shop were two of my favorite classes growing up. I learned how to cook AND helped my father build our garage. Many children today do not have these same opportunities.

Via John Evans
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I'm in a process of discerning how I can be even more involved in the "Maker" movement. I see how a lot of streams are coming together to enliven creativity and innovation: DIY, STEAM, PBL, SOLE, Social media, EdTech, Early Childhood Education, and more
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by J. Mark Schwanz from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

Can Kindergarteners Be Taught to Code? ScratchJr Says Yes

Can Kindergarteners Be Taught to Code? ScratchJr Says Yes | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it

"A new computer programming app can teach basic coding skills even to the youngest students — including Kindergarteners."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
Share your insight
more...
Rescooped by J. Mark Schwanz from iPads, MakerEd and More in Education
Scoop.it!

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

Today, our library makerspace has developed into a 21st century learning laboratory, with funding from grants and through the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our DonorsChoose projects. But it wasn’t always this way.

Via John Evans
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
Let's make it in TK.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

How do you see “literacy”?

How do you see “literacy”? | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
I have shown this awesome video from Karen Mensing’s class last year, with her students sharing their own “Twitter Tutorial”. Check it out below: @gcouros @msmspencer Here is Twitter Tutorial, Part 2 https://t.co/0OBXnO0CKV — Karen Mensing (@MsMensing) April 23, 2016 If you think that this might be a little bit above your ability, it is ... [Read more...]
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I think there may just be a place for TK tweets. #transitional kindergarten
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
makes me seriously consider ditching the desk
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

TK Techies

TK Techies | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
ABC Mousing Around
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I created this short testimonial when I was thinking about doing a promotional video for ABCMouse but then realized it may be worth sharing. I know a lot of other teachers and administrators are interested in finding software to help in their early education programs. http://www.ageoflearning.com/ offers their program with a free "teacher account" that enables me to create a unique user ID for each student in my classroom. It can be linked with the parent/family account and I can monitor data and assign custom lesson content to students. 
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by J. Mark Schwanz from New Web 2.0 tools for education
Scoop.it!

GoNoodle

GoNoodle | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Get your kids moving with GoNoodle activities

Via Kathleen Cercone
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

My TK students love GoNoodle.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Study: Students should develop 'soft skills' as early as possible

Study: Students should develop 'soft skills' as early as possible | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

How do you teach "soft skills" to young people?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

4 Useful iPad Apps for Young Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Useful iPad Apps for Young Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
4 Useful iPad Apps for Young Readers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning https://t.co/NEQN0woTqU
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

I will try these for my own young readers and recommend to parents at my school.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

How the state excludes summer babies from early kindergarten

How the state excludes summer babies from early kindergarten | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Children born in July and August are shut out of the state's transitional kindergarten program. LAUSD wants to change the policy but says its hands are tied.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I have talked to a number of parents in similar situations. There is an unfortunate gap between prek preschool programs and TK or kinder enrollment.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Neitzel

Neitzel | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
R&R is RTi for Pre-K developed by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. I'll see how it helps with TK. Anyone else use it in a TK environment.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

LAUSD doubles number of transitional kindergarten classrooms

LAUSD doubles number of transitional kindergarten classrooms | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
The expansion is being praised by early education advocates, even some who historically have been critical of LAUSD's efforts to serve children under 5.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Email - Update: Legislature Approves Early Education and Care Budget Deal - Early Edge California

Email - Update: Legislature Approves Early Education and Care Budget Deal - Early Edge California | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Email - Budget Deal for PreK, TK, a Sustainable ECE System and Opportunities to Promote Early Ed in ESSA - Early Edge California

Email - Budget Deal for PreK, TK, a Sustainable ECE System and Opportunities to Promote Early Ed in ESSA - Early Edge California | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
This is good news and insurance that TK can continue to grow and serve as a catalyst for the transformation of early childhood education and school readiness in California.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by J. Mark Schwanz from Learning*Education*Technology
Scoop.it!

ScratchJr: Coding for Young Kids

Coding is the new literacy. With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) learn to program their own interactive stories and games.

Via Skip Zalneraitis
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
You have to love the way 5-year-old students take off with ScratchJr. It's really fun and it makes sense to them after only a few minutes manipulating the code. It is time for me to seriously consider a https://www.cs-first.com/start-club for our site.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Act Now: Rushed CA Budget Proposal Would Kick 125,000 Kids Out of School - Early Edge California

Act Now: Rushed CA Budget Proposal Would Kick 125,000 Kids Out of School - Early Edge California | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Empty description
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.”

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.” | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Dean Shareski writes and talks a lot about the idea of “Joy” in education, and he argues that it is not only a “nice to have”, but a necessity in education. I would agree. B…
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
Play is misunderstood by many in the education world.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Too Much Tech Harms Reading Retention in Young Children

Too Much Tech Harms Reading Retention in Young Children | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
For today's children, technological devices such as iPads, smartphones, and e-readers are quickly replacing more traditional "toys" as sources of learning and entertainment. With their capacity to contain a multitude of activities within
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I agree that the real focus should be on creative exposure to screens time to allow for more traditional authentic play for early childhood. "Play time, especially in a child’s developmental years, is where the child begins to learn how to interact with others as well as retain information"
more...
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 27, 12:51 PM
Being born in a digital world suggests pedagogues (parents and teachers) work to help children find their way to learn responsible uses of digital tools.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Planning for Play in the Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

This is "Planning for Play in the Transitional Kindergarten Classroom" by earlyedgeca on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

Let's just say the training was not "fun" but could lead to a lot more of it in your classroom.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by J. Mark Schwanz
Scoop.it!

Plan it, Build it, Share it: Blocks and TK., a project from Mr. Schwanz

Plan it, Build it, Share it: Blocks and TK., a project from Mr. Schwanz | Transitional Kindergarten | Scoop.it
My students need a basic block set to increase the quality of constructive play and an appropriate storage cabinet to help them manage the materials. Every day constructive play is an important part of our TK classroom. We have a balance between academic skills based on Common Core standards and social, emotional, and motor skills development...
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

Donorschoose.org has already helped me develop my TK resources. This small program (less than $500) is a very exciting way to help the students I have be engaged in active, exploration and constructive play.

more...
No comment yet.