San Ramon Kindergarten Transitional Kindergarten fits somewhere between preschool and kindergarten. 20 school districts, one of which is San Ramon Valley,  have begun a pilot program to implement this soon to be required grade in 700 elementary schools in California starting 2014.

The Kindergarten Readiness Act is just that—getting children whose birthdays fall between September 2nd and December 2nd, and are just too young to begin the “standard” Kindergarten classes, ready. The previous cut-off date for Kindergarten entry was December 2nd, and many parents didn’t feel their children were quite ready for school.

San Ramon district enrolled 104 students in its pilot program this year and even had a short waiting list. The expectation is to double the enrollment next year.

The new program sounds more like Kindergarten of the past with more emphasis on developing the children’s social skills. While there will be some academics, it will be much less demanding on the little ones than traditional Kindergarten.

And isn’t Kindergarten the place we learned so much about life as  noted by Robert Fulghum in his book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” published in 1988. These statements if we as adults practiced would make for a much better world.

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.


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