Monday, August 4, 2014

What In The World Is T.K. ?

What In The World Is T.K. ?

Just to keep this blog post from getting too boring, I have placed a few photos of my classroom here and there.  They have nothing to do with the blog post.  Just thought you would like them.  After all, what is a post without pix?  :oD
Here is your 1st picture:  Slappin' Sight Words!

What is T.K.?

Here in California, we are easing into a new age requirement for starting kindergarten.  Like 48 of the other 50 states, children will have to be 5 years old by Sept. 2 to begin kindergarten.  In the past, students could begin kindergarten at 4 years old if they turned 5 by Dec. 1.

Here is a photo of our home center; just to add a little color to this post.
So...  students who would have started kindergarten under the old regulations may attend Transitional Kindergarten and that is what I'm teaching this year :)

So, What's The Problem?

So, here is the problem...  one you are probably having if you taught kindergarten last year and are teaching transitional kindergarten this year:  EVERYTHING has to be DIFFERENT!!!
Class books.  Each child contributes one page.  
I numbereach page with their student number and 
add a class list inside the front cover as a Table of Contents.  

What's the Solution?

So, I have been busy searching TPT for new and different activities and projects to teach letter names and sounds, number recognition, etc.  And, I have been busy making some new things that can work in pre-K, TK, or K!

Here are two of my newest creations:
Color Books
Our "Color Books" pack includes 11 class books to make with your entire class; each child creating one page for each class book.  It also includes an individual book for each child to make that is completely different from the other books and provides lots of opportunities to practice name writing.
You can find my Color Books by clicking here or on the image.  
Once you get to my TPT store, download the "preview" so you can really see the pages. 

The individual book is based on the story Mary Wore Her Red Dress and I adapted it to work for either gender.  (I took out the dress and made a few other changes.)  It covers all of the colors: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, white, gray, black, and pink and describes clothing of each color, except for pink.  On that page, the text reads, "_________ drank pink lemonade all day long.  :)

Click the image.
I think you'll like this pack of Color Books. 

My next new product is "I'm Ready For TK" and it is loosely based on Mrs. Bindergarten...
In the directions, you will find an activity to complete on each page.
For example, on the page that says, "I'm ready to cut with scissors" students cut strips of colored construction paper and glue them to the frame on this page.  There are 7 pages to go with 7 activities. 
Click the image.
I like to have my students complete 1 or 2 pages each day.  Then, I place the completed books into their cubbies for Back-To-School-Night for their parents to take home.

I'll be making more products for TK, but if you don't have a TK at your school, most of the products can be used in pre-school or a regular kindergarten classroom, especially with your remedial students.

My TK Classroom, well half of it.  :)
And...  EVERYTHING in my TPT store is on sale for 20% off, plus use code BTS14 to receive and additional 10% off bringing your savings to 28% off.  The sale runs through Tuesday, Aug. 5.

So... let me know if you are teaching T.K. this year.

Have FUN shopping and keeping the FUN in the FUNdamentals!  :)

Check out my:
FaCeBoOk:  Click Here to see my Facebook. (Tons of FREE ideas.)
PiNtErEsT:  Click Here to see my Pinterest Boards.  (Oh, the ideas on these boards!)
TeAcHeRs PaY tEaChErS:  Click Here to see my TPT Store (Did you say, "15 freebies?!")

See you all tomorrow!
Palma :)


  1. This will be my third year teaching TK in Long Beach, California. LOVE it!

    1. That's awesome! This is my 2nd year. I'm loving it too! :)

  2. Our school district has August 1 as the cut off. In our state the date is what each district decides. We don't offer any kind of transition class, but I wish we did. At the last district I taught at, I did a year of transition 1st grade for those kiddos not quite ready for first grade. I liked it, but in order to save money, that class was cut.

  3. I teach a Young 5's class in a Christian preschool. Our K cut off in GA is Sept 1st so my class is for kids w/ summer birthdays or those who turn 5 by Dec 1st. It is transitional in that I'm not another 4 year old preschool class but I'm not kindergarten either. I've taught both 4 year olds & Kinder before so this class has some features of each. I feel like I'm always having to adjust the resources I find to meet the specific needs of my class but that's a challenge I enjoy and one of the reasons I love teaching this class!

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