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Transition to Kindergarten

Definition of School Readiness:

School Readiness means that children are ready for school, families are ready to support their child's learning, and schools are ready for children.

Whether a child attends a center-based preschool setting, a home-based preschool setting, a Head Start, or parent-driven teachings, early "school" experiences can provide stability and consistency between settings for children.

What makes for a successful transition?

When collaboration and connections are strong, transitions can be effective for children and families as they make the move to kindergarten. When these transitions are successful, children and families are more likely to experience better long-term school success.


For Parents

Your Child is Going to Kindergarten: Making the Move Together

Practical Tips Families Can Use to Prepare Their Child and Themselves

Transition to Kindergarten: Activity Calendar for Families

Kindergarten Readiness Resources

El comienzo del kindergarten

Kindergarten Transition Fam Jam Podcast: SD Statewide Family Engagement Center - Episode 07 (26:13)

For Educators

Early Childhood Transitions: Supporting Children and Families

Transition to Kindergarten: Activity Calendar for Educators

Leadership Practices for Successful Transitions to Kindergarten

Children's Books about Kindergarten

South Dakota Kindergarten Standards and aligned activities:

English Language Arts



Fine Arts

Social Studies

Sense of Self/Community (not a required SD content standard)

Although the state of South Dakota also includes separate content standards for Educational Technology, School Library, Health Education, Physical Education, and World Language, these standards will be found embedded in the above content standard activities.

Want it all in one place? Get your copy of the South Dakota Crosswalk between SD Early Learning Guidelines and SD Kindergarten Content Standards.

Crosswalk SD ELG and SD K Standards

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Prepare your child for kindergarten with this Kindergarten Transition Calendar. This calendar will provide for simple activities that can be done at home, in the community, and wherever there are learning opportunities.

Kindergarten Transition Calendar