Lisa Harmison is a 32-year teaching veteran, but on Tuesday, she was a part of something new.
"Patterning in preschool is big," said Dean Tagawa, the district's early childhood education administrator. Patterns lay the foundation for math concepts later on.
For some of the kids, it's their first time in a classroom setting, and it showed. Harmison remained in motion, constantly redirecting kids into their groups like a very nice traffic cop. She reminded them of their group colors, at one point pulling a student out of the wooden mock kitchen and directing him back to the library area.
Whereas transitional kindergarten is technically part of the kindergarten program, expanded transitional kindergarten is actually more like preschool, with the goal of preparing children to take on the kindergarten Common Core standards.
But for teachers like Harmison, there was one major hitch: no time for nap time. The only break in the packed day is 40 minutes long, which can barely cover lunch, a bathroom break, and quiet time to get into learning mode. Still, she said she's excited to help students prepare for the rigors of kindergarten.
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