Teacher home visits: building relationships to facilitate a successful transition to kindergarten





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The research presented explores the transition to kindergarten, various types of transition practices commonly used and those deemed most effective by experts in the field. The resources shared describe the benefits of establishing positive teacher-family relationships during the transition and how teachers can support this goal by conducting home visits. The action research portion included the families of half-day kindergarten students who were offered the opportunity to have their child's teacher visit their home before the first day of school. The teacher researcher conducted home visits and gained documented insight from parents about their experiences through surveys. The surveys addressed both the home visit and the overall transition to kindergarten. The results of the surveys indicated that families prefer transition practices that form an individual connection between the teacher and family prior to the start of the school year. The most preferred method among families was the home visit experience.

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