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Old 03-05-2010, 03:41 PM
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What does a typical day in your classroom look like?

I know this post cycles through once and a while, but I'm really curious about what everyone's day looks like this time of the year in kindergarten. I'd be interested in a little more detail, as well, versus a basic outline. Here is a typical day in my classroom (if anyone cares ):

8:45-9:00-Free Choice-The kids have free play (anywhere in the room) while I empty folders, take attendance and lunch count, etc.

9:00-9:10-Calendar Time-I keep it short: Calendar, weather & graph, days left of school, days in school, patterning, morning message (I call kids to come up and circle certain things they see).

9:10-9:20-Bathroom Break

9:20-9:35-Snack/Show and Share-The leader of the day has show and share while the kids eat.

9:35-9:45-Mini-lesson on High-Frequency Words/Check-In-This time consists of adding a new word to our word wall (on Monday), and then different activities throughout the week. We may build sentences with our words in a pocket chart, make words with food or play-dough, or play a game to help review words. We also do check-in for the Daily 5 (the kids tell me where they will go work).

9:45-10:00-Daily 5 Round 1/Guided Reading-During each round of the Daily 5 the kids choose where they want to go:
-Word Work: This consists of a variety of things that the kids can do to strengthen their understanding of words (making words with Wikki Stix, sorting words by word families, etc.).
-Read to Self: independent reading at their instructional level
-Work on Writing: This is very broad-I just tell them that they have to be WRITING! They can make lists, stories, jokes, poems, cards-anything!
-Listen to Reading: They listen on this FANTASTIC website call BookFlix, as well as at our listening center.

10:00-10:10-Mini-lesson on Comprehension/Check-In-I try to focus on one comprehension skill for the entire week. We practice this skill through read-alouds and shared reading. They then tell me where they will be going for Daily 5 Round 2.

10:10-10:25-Daily 5 Round 2/Guided Reading-I have 6 guided reading groups with 2-5 students per group. I meet with each group 2-3 times per week, and spend time working on phonics skills and accuracy skills specific to the group's level of need, in addition to reading books.

10:25-10:35-Mini-lesson on Writing/Check-In-I use this time to reinforce writing skills learned during writer's workshop, to introduce new options for the writing center, and to show writing that children have done (we give compliments to one-another). They then tell me where they will go for Daily 5 Round 3.

10:35-10:50-Daily 5 Round 3

10:50-10:55-Sharing Time-5 children per day briefly share something that they worked on during the Daily 5.

10:55-11:15-Free Choice

11:15-11:20-Phonemic Awareness-Our phonemic awareness lesson is usually a quick oral activity from our basil, but occasionally we will play a game.

11:20-11:30-Handwriting-This time consists of handwriting sheets, but I'm thinking of having them copy sentences. My goal is to have them forming the letters correctly and paying attention to how the letters are placed on the lines. For some reason, they LOVE handwriting time!

11:30-12:20-Recess & Lunch


1:00-1:10-Bathroom Break

1:10-1:30-Writer's Workshop-I do a short, 5-minute mini-lesson and give the kids 15 minutes to write. They can write about whatever they want, but they have to write about themselves (we call it a journal).

1:30-1:55-Social Studies or Science-I alternate units.


2:20-3:00-Math-We use Math Expressions, so our math time starts with our Daily Routine (we eat a small snack during this time), then a whole-group lesson, and then independent workbook page work.

3:00-3:20-Getting ready to go home/dismissal
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:40 PM
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7:45 - Kids arrive, warm-up activity-math review, critical thinking or on Fridays they add their poem to poetry journal.

8:15 (or so) Reading whole group-word of the day (we've been using a Frayer Model), picture of the day (they describe a photograph-use adjectives, make a title, in the beginning it was getting them to use whole sentences) and quote of the day.

Chorally read poem of the week in pocket chart, introduce/review spelling pattern for the week, morning message, songs for inserting/deleting consonants, read-aloud.

9:00 Reading workstations-kids are making words, alphabetizing word wall words, practicing sight words, compound words, listening, etc. I work with small groups at this time they read to me chorally with kids on their level. Lately we've really been working on fluency.

10:15 Restroom break

Chapter book read-aloud, write in their reading response journals


10 minutes before ancillary-we've been working on handwriting

11:30 Ancillary-(specials-art, computer, pe, library)

12:45 Math Whole group-introduce/review new concept, counting games, buzz, number of the day, math talks

1:15-1:45 Math workstations-kids work while I pull groups to work on math concepts they are struggling with.

1:45-2:15 Science/social studies

2:15-3:00 Writing- mini-lesson, students write independently now (finally!).

3:00 Wrap-up-they write what they learned that day in their folders.

Hope that wasn't too much detail!
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:28 PM
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This is brief, because I'm still learning the system:

9:00-Circle time around a table-quick song or share time.

9:10-10-Split group. Half work on oral Spanish with a beautiful woman who works as a senior teacher at the school, and half do journals. They switch the groups each day.

10-12-Free choice. There is a building room with blocks and legos, an art room with free creative art time, and a general room with other activities in it. Students can also suggest ideas-last week we had a group watching a video of camp clips over and over, drawing pictures of the nature scenes in their journals.

12-1-Recess and lunch, outside.

1-2-Free choice, sometimes more specific art and music.

2-2:30-Storytime in the library.


3:30-4-Pack up to go home, wait outside for mom and dad, kind of an extension of recess, eat a snack of fruit if desired.

4-I go home!
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Old 03-05-2010, 06:33 PM
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Here is what my day looks like. Friday in the afternoon I do Show and Tell and have fun Friday with free center time. I didn't give much detail, but if you have any questions about something let me know.

8:05-8:15- Restroom break and put coats and book bags away. Go to the room and do attendance and lunch count. Kids turn cards around for attendance and put a lunch stick hot or cold by their names.

8:15-8:35- Morning meeting- Calendar, weather and Morning message.

8:35-8:45-Sound muncher, Popcorn word practice.

8:45-9:15- (Monday) Library (Tuesday and Thursday) computers (Wednesday and Friday) Phonemic Awareness and Shared Reading

9:15-9:30snack break

9:30-10:15Reading small groups

10:00-10:25- Music (Wed. and Fri.)

10:15-11:00 Guided Reading/Litteracy centers
11:00-11:25 Guided Writing
11:25-11:35-wash up for lunch
11:35-12:15-Recess & Lunch
12:15-12:25-Restroom break
12:25-12:40-Story time
12:40-1:00- Science or social studies or theme work
1:00-2:00- Math lesson and math centers
2:00-2:30- RTI groups
2:30-3:00- P.E.
3:00-3:15-Get ready to go home
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:15 PM
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8:00 - Kids start to arrive. They have the option of going to the cafeteria for breakfast OR if they already ate at home they stay with me in the classroom where they can play with small toys, color, puzzles, books etc... (about 1/2 the kids go to breakfast)

8:30 -School begins, morning message, calendar activities, movement songs, flashcard review of different skills

9:00 - Journal writing - mini lesson (10-15 minutes) and then independent writing at tables. When students finish writing they go to 1 of 4 centers (I call them "journal centers") They are simple centers that keep the kids busy until everyone is finished writing. When everyone is finished writing we have a 5 minute sharing time.

9:45 - Bathroom and drink break (no bathroom in the room so we take a group trip down the hall).

9:50 - Whole group reading lessons. This varies by the day, but includes work on letters/sounds, decoding, sight words, comprehension, rhyming etc...

10:30 -Guided reading and reading centers

11:00 - Lunch (also my lunch period)

11:30 - Recess (currently the playgound is covered with at least 2 feet of snow! My kids haven't been outside since before Christmas) When we don't have recess we have an extra story to clam down after lunch. I then start either science or social studies. When we do have recess I have to try to fit in science or S.S. when ever I can!

12:00 - Math - Math is usually whole group lessons.

12:40 - Kids go to specials. This is my prep period

1:10 - Bathroom break. We then have snack (M/W/F). Our school has a fresh fruits and vegetable grant that provides the whole school with healthy snacks 3 days a week.

1:15 - Rest time / Quiet time - During this time some kids are pulled out for speech, OT services, Reading tutoring, Autistic support etc.. At the beginning of the year we have an actual "rest time" with mats. Now we have the option of mats or they can color quietly at seats, look at books etc.. As long as they are quiet!

1:45 - Misc. activiites/work . On Wednesdays we have a required state anti-bullying lesson.

2:00 - Play centers

2:30 - Clean up centers, end of the day routines

2:45 - Prepare for home

3:00 - Dismissal
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:18 AM
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Oh boy, this seems daunting to type, but in an effort to be helpfu, here goes!

8:00-8:40 Arrival - kids finish unfinished work or read from book bags

8:40-9:15 Morning Meeting - includes calendar and morning message and usually 2-3 songs (Nursery Rhymes, Days of the Week, Months songs, etc.)

9:15-9:30 Word Work - The Name Game (various name activities to reinforce letters/sounds) and word wall work. We usually do various letter/sound songs/chants during this time too to warm up for...

9:30-10:00 Writing Workshop - usually a whole group story/mini-lesson and then journal writing. I do give prompts, mainly because I find having them just pick their own topic overwhelming for kids this age. We 'free-write' on Mondays (about our weekends) and sometimes on Fridays.

10:00-11:00 Reading Workshop - Whole group story focusing on a comprehension skill, then usually Literacy Centers while pull kids one on one to read. Yes, I don't pull groups, but one on one. I meet with all kids about 3-4 times a week depending on their needs. I also do assessments during this time when needed. I use Laureen Reynolds method of centers - http://www.amazon.com/Centers-Made-S...7881188&sr=1-5

11:10-12:05 Lunch and 1st Recess

12:05-12:15 Quiet Time

12:15-12:30 Storytime - I read a chapter book

12:30-1:15 Math - usually a whole group lesson and then they break up into small groups/partners to practice skill with activity/game

1:15-1:50 Special (my specials time isn't exactly the same time each afternoon, but it's around this time)

1:50-2:00 Snack and story (they snack, I read)

2:00-2:30 Choice Time - I usually pull kids for interventions or assessments during choice time since they are pretty independent

2:30-2:45 2nd Recess

2:45 Get ready to go home

That's it in a nutshell. I haven't included what feels like 300 motor breaks a day - usually during transitions. We almost always sing and/or dance because I love music and so do they. Sometimes I joke I need a DJ in my room. Any questions lemme know!
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:37 AM
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I'll try my best to type this up. Our special isn't the same time every day but we do have it at the end of the day 3 times a week. And this a really general schedule. Some times we have a longer play time, other days we don't have a play time at all. It just depends on how the kids are doing that day. If they are really focused, some of my lessons will go longer. If they are really not paying attention and moving a lot, I'll drop lesson and let them play, if I feel they need it.

8:10 to 8:35 students arrive, do morning work, or math tubs
8:35 take attendance
8:40 -9:00 Responsive classroom morning meeting: All sit in a circle on the floor. We go around the circle and pass a good morning greeting, three to four students share something (they share from their heart, no toys), activity: they can pick an activity. Usually it's dancing or elf elf. Morning messages: I don't do the morning message the responsive classroom way. I leave 16 blanks spots, either sight words or beg. ending sounds through out the message. Each student comes up and fills in part of the message. Then one volunteers to come up and read it at the end.

9:00 to 9:20 Calendar time: We sing a days of the week song, a month song and weather song.

9:30 to 10:05 Learning lab all 100 kindergartens switch rooms into small groups for lessons that traget their needs. We have 12 groups covering motor skills, recognizing letters, sounds, segmentation, blending, beg and end sounds, beg. writing, beg. reading, middle reading, higher level reading/writing, speech, rhyming.
10:05 to 10:10 share what we learned in our Learning lab. Only a few share and only if they want too.
10:10 to 10:45 Reading program: Story Town
10:50 to 11:10 lunch
11:10 to 11:20 get ready for recess
11:20 to 11:50 recess
11:50 to 12:00 quiet time reading books
12:00 to 12:30 math time
12:30 to 1:00 finish reading program
1:00 to 1:20 science
1:20 to 1:50 free play
1:50 to 2:00 snack
2:05 to 2:45 special
2:50 head home
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:49 AM
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8-8:15 Morning work (fix-it sentences and journal)

8:20-8:50 Bible

9:00 to 10:15 Language Arts

10:20-10:50 lunch & recess

10:55-11:30 Spanish

11:30- 12:15 Language art

12:20-1:00 Math

1:00-1:15 snack

1:20-1:50 Science

1:50-2:00 Clean/pack up

2:05 dismissal

That's not really accurate because their specials are different times everyday, so if there is a special (on Monday they have 3!) the content areas get pushed down to the next time slot. On Monday, all we do is Bible and Language arts because they are out of the class for 3 specials at various times of the day.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:52 AM
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Do you teach first grade or kindergarten?
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:25 PM
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simple break down..

845 - 9:15 arrival and morning work, phonics review
915 - 10 circle time, shared reading, mornign message, calendar, letters etc
10-10:45 workstations/kidwriting
1045-11:45 lunch
12- 1230 journals, sharing, reading
1230 - 12:40 story & bathroom
12:45 - 1:30 specials
1:30 - 2 math
2-2:50 snack and playtime
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