Starting school is a very exciting time for children and their families! It begins a new chapter in their lives and sets the tone for the child’s future. But kindergarten standards and curriculum have changed and many of the skills children were once taught in first grade are now expected in kindergarten. This can be a difficult transition for some students, especially for some of our youngest five year olds.
To meet the needs of our youngest learners, South Lake Schools will offer a Young 5’s transitional kindergarten program for the 2016-17 school year. The program integrates academics with critical social and emotional development standards, allows students to take advantage of the benefits of entering kindergarten at an older age and ensures students have the opportunity for a full year of school in a student directed learning environment before entering kindergarten.
So what does Young 5’s look like? Think of it as sort of a hybrid that combines the essential foundations of preschool with theMichigan Common Core Standards for kindergarten, nurturing each child’s intellectual and socio-emotional growth. Eligible families are not required to participate, and the state has left it up to individual school districts to establish their own transitional programs.
To qualify for the Young 5’s program, students must turn five years old between September 1st and December 1st, or have limited preschool experience, or qualify through the use of a district selected screening tool.
Young 5’s is a FREE, full day program to families and uses a specialized curriculum that is based on the kindergarten standards. The program is taught by a credentialed teacher that specializes in teaching our youngest learners.
The Young 5’s program will be available to district residents as well as Schools of Choice students in Macomb County and will run based on sufficient student enrollment.
There will be a limited number of seats in the Young 5’s program.
If you are interested in the Young 5’s program, please call the Curriculum Office at 586-435-1640 or download an enrollment packet at http://www.solake.org/school-applications/.