Daily Schedule

 
 

 

The following is a sample schedule of our Kindergarten day.

Group Time:

We begin our day with group time. Group learning usually takes place on the carpet. During this time, we get to know each other, sing songs, share ideas, learn new concepts, read stories, and discuss our center choices for the day. A central focus of our large group area is the calendar wall and literacy pocket chart. Throughout the day we also gather in our large group area for literacy and math lessons utilizing these resources. Many of the kindergarten Everyday Math concepts are introduced and reviewed during our daily calendar time.

Writer’s Workshop:

Writer’s Workshop will be the time when we do our primary writing. This is an important part of our day, as children become readers by being writers. This format for writing includes a mini-lesson, a period for independent writing, and an opportunity to share what has been written. We call this, "authors chair".

Reading in a Whole Group Setting:

We will have a daily story time when we will read to our class. During group reading we also teach many concepts about books. Many types or genres of literature will be shared along with concepts of print (left-to-right, how to ‘read’ pictures, title, author, illustrator, etc.) and of course phonics (letters/sounds).

Reading in Small Groups:

We will meet with small groups of students during our Reading Workshop while other students are participating in a variety of centers. Eventually your child will bring home a book to practice that was used during his/her small group instruction. It will be in Ziploc bag and it will be labeled. This will need to be read at home and returned to school the next day.

Literacy Centers:

As the students become more comfortable with classroom rules and routines they will be working in small groups independently. These learning centers will include, reading with the teacher, independent reading, buddy reading, writing, letter/sound activities, Math, Puzzles, themed activities, word work (working with ABC'S, sight words and word families), listening activities, and computer activities.

Zoophonics:

Zoo Phonics is a method of teaching the alphabet and its sounds to children. Each letter has an animal and a motion to go with it. The kids really enjoy these activities!!

Math Time:

Our math program is called Everyday Math. Your child will explore, learn and practice mathematics in a range of settings including whole class, small groups, partners and individually. They will learn to work cooperatively and independently as they solve problems based on real-life situations.

Science:

Science is taught throughout the school year for approximately 30 minutes, Two to three times a week. Our Science units include: Senses, Motion, My Earth, and Living and Non-living.

Social Studies:

Social Studies will be taught throughout the course of the year. We will focus on Social Studies topics in whole group lessons, center time, and small group work. The units for Kindergarten include: Solving Problems with Others, Cooperating with Others, Places People Live and Work, and The Community Around You.

Gross Motor Activity:

Each day we will engage in different types of gross motor activities. This often happens through songs, movements, Brain Gym and games.

Weekly Reader Magazine:

We use the magazine "Weekly Reader" with students. This is a weekly magazine that focuses on nonfiction reading, science, social skills and current events. Once we share them in class, they will be sent home. It is a fun magazine for you to review with your child. Your child will love to revisit the interesting information in their Weekly Readers so we encourage you to save them and add them to your child’s personal reading collection.

Center/Choice Time:

This is a busy, important, and very enjoyable part of the day for the children. During this time, children will visit a variety of learning center activities. The variety of activities will provide the children not only with opportunities for hands-on learning of the content material, but also with opportunities for making choices.