This past April, the Partnership awarded Transition to Kindergarten Mini-Grants to support the planning and implementation of transition activities targeted at families with children entering kindergarten this fall. In total, nine grants were awarded to elementary schools and preschools across Durham. Read about the recipients here.
Funds from the awarded grants allowed schools to plan activities like ice cream socials, school open houses, playground picnics, and kindergarten camps; ultimately, the goal of these transition activities was to foster collaboration between elementary school and early childhood educators around transition to kindergarten.
Little River Elementary School, which partnered with Greystone Preschool to bridge the gap between kindergarten and pre-k education, offered a range of transition activities over the course of the summer that culminated in one final event, Technology Tuesday.
Technology Tuesday was one-of-a-kind in that it was structured around preparing rising kindergartners to be 21st century learners through the use of iPods, digital media and computers.
“With the transition mini-grant we were able to coordinate multiple student and family events as well as purchase three additional iPod Touches, fulfilling our technology center that stays in the classroom where it most benefits the children,” explained Kimberly Hayes, the kindergarten teacher who co-created the project and applied for the grant. “Now that we have the technology permanently in the classroom, this has truly become the grant that just keeps on giving.”
The event introduced children to the use of iPod technology, allowed them to produce an iPod video, and spend time exploring computer-based literacy activities. Parent involvement in the transition event helped to create a support system for the kindergartners that links learning from school to home environments.
The Partnership wishes to congratulate our grant recipients on implementing successful, innovative projects that engaged children and their families in the kindergarten experience.
Laura Fogle, Technology Facilitator at Little River Elementary School, welcomes parents and kindergartners at Technology Tuesday, an event hosted through a Transition Mini-Grant awarded by Durham’s Partnership for Children.
Following instruction from their teacher, two Little River Elementary students produce a video using iPod technology during Technology Tuesday. As one student reads the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” aloud, the other student records.
Kindergarten teacher Kimberly Hayes watches a video on an iPod Touch during Technology Tuesday. The video was created by the two kindergarten students during the transition event.
Two Little River Elementary kindergartners learn how to use iPod Touch technology during Technology Tuesday. Teachers instructed on how to use the equipment and how to play with educational apps.
Durham’s Partnership for Children received funding from Wells Fargo and Morgan Creek Foundation to support rising kindergarteners through Transition mini-grants and additional Transition to Kindergarten activities. To learn more about the Transition to Kindergarten Initiative, click here.