Welcome to the Transition to Kindergarten Interactive Family Case!

The Transition to Kindergarten Interactive Family Case focuses on the transition to kindergarten, a significant event for children and their families, and a time of change and challenge. Children who are leaving home for the first time face the excitement and uncertainty of experiencing their first school setting, whereas children who have participated in early childhood programs often have to adapt to a new schedule and environment, with different expectations than they may be used to. Families are also adapting to a new environment, schedule, and expectations. In the field of education, the transition to kindergarten is increasingly understood within the broader context of school readiness, which involves preparing children and families to enter the elementary school setting up through third grade.

What you will learn
The purpose of this case is to give educators an opportunity to consider the transition to kindergarten, the components of a successful transition, and ways to engage families in the transition process. You will learn:

  • What the transition to kindergarten means;
  • How different settings, including early childhood programs, elementary schools, families, and community-based organizations, can share responsibility and plan to ensure smooth transitions for children and families;
  • The nature of the transition to kindergarten as a continuous process that begins well before formal schooling starts and persists throughout the kindergarten year, or longer; and
  • How data and larger educational contexts shape the transition to school.

Directions
On the pages that follow, you will be introduced to the five people in the case.

  1. Read each person’s narrative. Start with Maya!
  2. After you read each person’s narrative, you will have a chance to reflect on her strengths and concerns. You can type your reflections right into the space provided on the webpage.
  3. A pop-up box will appear with some ideas you might have written about. You can then move on to reading about the next person in the case and reflect on her ideas.
  4. Along the way you will be provided with some supplementary data to consider. When you have completed reading all of the perspectives, you will have a chance to take a step back and think about the bigger issues presented in the case.

Let’s get started: Read Maya’s Profile

The full-length version of the Bridging Worlds case is available here. The original case is featured in the book Preparing Educators to Engage Families: Case Studies Using an Ecological Systems Framework, 3rd edition, available for purchase from Sage Publications. Explore our other interactive family cases!