Half-day schedule - what's on it?

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  1. gr8_life

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    Nov 16, 2010

    For those of you that teach a half-day program, can you share your daily schedule.
     
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  3. MorahMe

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    Nov 17, 2010

    Keeping in mind that my class is mixed age, from 2 1/2 through 6 years old...

    12:45-1:45: Free Play at centers
    1:25-1:30: Clean up, to music
    1:30-1:50: Circle time (younger students leave in the middle to do a quiet activity with the assistant)
    1:50-3:00: Group Activities-we divide into our Pink Group (Pre-k) and our Purple Group (K) for activities connected to the lesson at circle time. After the activities are complete, each group has different play centers open
    3:00-3:15-Clean up, optional Prayer for the Sick Club (the children decide if they want to come. Those who participate get a small treat, usually 1/6th of a licorice or a jelly bean)
    3:15-3:25: Story, some children are dismissed
    3:25-3:45: Music and Movement
    3:45-4:00: Pack up and dismissal
     
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    Nov 17, 2010

    I have half-day AM's, and am adding PM's after winter break. My AM is all special needs, turning 3 and aging out of Early INtervention. My PM will be mixed 3's and 4's, with about half eligible for K next year. It's considered an "At risk" class, 3-4 kids are getting speech but no IEPs at this point beyond that.

    Here's my AM schedule:
    8:30: arrive, backpacks, table activities (coloring, manipulatives, puzzles, etc)
    8:45: music and movement
    9:00 stations (small group or inidividual work time)
    9:30 circle time (greeting, calendar, weather, story, etc)
    9:45 group activity
    10:00 snack
    10:15 or whenever snack is finished: Free choice centers
    11:00 dismissal

    My afternoon schedule is similar. My times are flexible, but the order rarely changes. I have speech, OT, and PT that come into the classroom, and we leave for gym and library... so, for instance, i don't do circle on Wednesdays because that's gym time. Sometimes we'll do a whole-group speech activity during stations, and then we may leave out the group activity later... scoot snack up and that gives us extra play time :)

    So the basic order is pretty consistent, with extra things added in as needed.
     
  5. teacherR

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    Nov 17, 2010

    I have both morning and afternoon classes but they both look the same. My schedule is fairly flexible depending on what the vibe in the classroom is like that day.

    9:00-9:30: Free choice, teacher directed table activities
    9:30-10:00: Circle time
    10:00-10:30ish: Group activities(art,writing,math)
    10:30-10:45: Bathroom break, wash hands
    10:45-11:10: Snack
    11:10-11:25: gross motor(playground or gym)
    11:25-11:30 pack up and pass out art. Recap the day while standing in line to be dismissed.
     
  6. Miller59

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    Nov 18, 2010

    I have Am only. This is my basic plan, but it changes some daily for Specials.

    8:15 - 8:30 table activity, home center, book corner
    8:30 - 9:00 Morning Meeting
    9:00 - 10:45 Shelf Time
    10:45 - 11:15 Second Circle
    11:15 - 11:30 potty, wash hands
    11:30 - 12:00 recess
    12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
    12:30 Closing cirlce

    Specials
    Mon -- Library 9:15
    Tues -- i PE 9:15
    Wed -- Art 10:15
    Thurs -- Book Buddies/Kid's Club 8:45, Spanish 10:15
    Fri - Chapel 8:45, PE 9:15
     
  7. RedVac

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    Nov 18, 2010

    I teach mornings only in a private preschool.

    9:00-10:00 free choice/centers
    10:00-10:10 clean up
    10:10-10:25 circle/group time
    10:25-10:45 wash hands/snack
    10:45-10:50 coats
    10:50-11:20 outdoor large motor
    11:20-11:25 devotions
     
  8. gr8_life

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    Nov 18, 2010

    Morahme, what a nice idea, the "sick club".

    Why the group restroom breaks? I'm guessing the restroom is NOT near or in the classroom?
     
  9. Miller59

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    Nov 19, 2010

    I have group restroom breaks because I have a few who won't go and will have an accident if I don't prompt them. The ones who don't have to pee just wash hands to get ready for lunch and/or to keep germs down. I usually have a story tape on for those who are in and out quickly. They can lie on the circle carpet and listen while the others finish up. I hope to move away from group potty times, but so far whenever I dabble with that someone has an accident.
     

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