What is your daily routine like?

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  1. SarahJ

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    I'm just trying to get a feel for the different schools :) I've been reading some posts and it seems like your Kinders have a very long day! I know that by the end of our school day the children are shattered and its only 12:30! I can't imagine expecting the children to stay longer and actually be able to concentrate enough to learn anything.

    At the school I work as a TA at, the Grade R (Kingergarten year) start school at 7:20. Teachers have to arrive by 7ish and children can start arriving from 7am and many do.

    7:20 - 7:45 is free play in the classroom with puzzles etc
    7:45 clean up
    7:50/8 - 9 is morning ring/greeting, classroom activity, introducing a new concept, small group work etc
    9 - 10 outside free play, open art room, open inside play(manipulatives, puzzles, books etc available in one classroom), outside sensory play area
    10 - 11:15 School readiness programme (letters, numbers etc), more small group work
    11:15 - 12 outside free play, open art room, open inside play, sensory play
    12 - 12:20 story, finish up work
    12:20 - 12:30 quiet time
    12:30 home time
    teachers stay till 2ish
     
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  3. MissMaurie

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    Here is my tentative schedule for next year:

    7:35-7:55 Breakfast/Announcements
    7:55-8:25 Morning Meeting
    8:25-9:05 1st Small Group (Letter/Word Study & Guided Reading)
    9:10-9:50 2nd Small Group (Letter/Word Study & Guided Reading)
    9:50-10:05 Calendar
    10:05-10:20 Shared Reading
    10:20-10:25 Interactive Read-Aloud
    10:25-10:55 Lunch
    11:00-11:50 PE
    11:55-12:25 Writers Workshop
    12:25-1:10 Science/SS
    1:10-1:30 Math Tubs (Math Small Group)
    1:30-1:40 Math Journals
    1:40-2:00 Math Lesson
    2:00-2:10 Snack
    2:10-2:35 Centers
    2:35-2:45 Closing Meeting
    2:45-2:50 Interactive Read-Aloud
    2:50-2:55 Dismissal
     
  4. ashleylaurenstl

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    Here is my tentative Schedule

    8:35-9:00 Morning Spirals(journals)
    9:00-9:30 Shared Reading
    9:30-10:45 Guided Reading/Centers - this will get a bit longer
    10:50-11:35 Recess/Lunch
    11:35-12:00 Story
    12:00-12:20 Calendar
    12:20-1:00 Math
    1:00-1:35 Writers Workshop
    1:35-2:15 Special
    2:15-2:55 Special
    3:00-3:35 Choice Time/Snack/Clean-up

    Our Schedule is very busy but we have a lot to get in. We do S.S. and Science during Shared Reading and 1 of our specials time. They are also built into our centers.
     
  5. SarahJ

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    wow, so much more structure and 'proper' school work. Our Kinder is still based very much around learning through play and lots of free play and activities. Not so much worksheet learning. They're just learning their letters and the sounds they make and basic counting.
     
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    Yes, I would say that my kindergarten looks like what first grade used to. By the end of the year in order to be proficient students must be reading a level D, write 3 sentences that make since, spell and read 25 sight words, do simply addition and subtract, tell time to the hour. The list goes on from there. This is pretty typical of all kindergarten in my area.
     
  7. Tasha

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    Tentative Schedule

    7:50 – 8:10 Announcements/morning work/puzzles/books
    8:10 – 8:45 Calendar
    8:45 – 9:25 Writer’s Workshop
    9:25 – 9:35 Restroom Break
    9:35 – 10:00 Recess
    10:00 – 10:55 Centers/Guided Reading
    10:55 – 11:05 Clean-up/ Prepare for lunch
    11:05 – 11:35 Lunch
    11:35 – 12:00 Chapter Book Read aloud & restroom Break
    12:00-12:55 Block/Conference Period
    1:00 -1:40 Math
    1:40 – 2:10 Language Arts/Theme
    2:10 – 2:30 MWF – Math/Science Centers
    T/Th – Theme related activities
    2:30 – 2:40 – Folders/Pack Up
    2:40 - Dismissal

    We don't really use worksheets either, we just have more structured learning activities. Lots of things are done in small groups and are play based learning with a specific concept in mind and the experiences planned around that concept.
     
  8. kinderK27

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    I am moving to kindergarten this year and I have been looking through other people's schedules and there is so much play time! I feel like most kinder classes I have observed are more like
    ashleylaurenstl's class. There are a lot more expectations for kindergarten now, at least in my state and school.
     
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    Our day is very academically focused. Students still 'play' during center time this is about 40 minutes a day BUT the play is still structured for example the ABC center, computers, writing center, games, math center, book area, read/write around the room, etc. At the end of the day students get around 20 minutes of more free play.

    I am not advocating for this much structure, this is simply what is required of me. I incorporate projects through our themes. My students get PE 3 times a week, art and music 2 times, and computer lab, science lab and library once.

    I frequently use Dr. Jean's CD's to dance and let loose with my students. I think they are great CD's because they allow students to move around and have fun but don't talk to much time.

    For those that have more play-oriented schedules. What are you end of the year requirements for students?
     
  10. SarahJ

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    BY the end of Kinder, our kids are supposed to know their letters A - Z and the sounds they make and some words associated with those words, but not how to spell them. They need to know their numbers, count forwards and backwards to a specific point. They should know their names and how to spell them and write them. They need to be able to cut, hold a pencil/crayon, koki correctly, follow directions etc. Start learning time, know left from right, position in space etc
     
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    1/2 day schedule?

    :unsure:Does anyone who teaches half-day preschool/kindergarten have an example of their daily/weekly schedule they could share? :thanks:
     
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    9:15-9:25 and 12:50-1:00 morning work/announcements/pledge
    9:25-9:40 and 1:00-1:15 Calendar
    9:40-10:10 and 1:15-1:45 Math
    10:15-10:45 and 1:50-2:20 Specials or Science or SS (depends on the day)
    10:50-11:00 and 2:25-2:35 snack/free play (on Fridays we get to take 20 minutes and go outside)
    11:00-11:40 and 2:35-3:15 Language Arts
    11:40-11:50 and 3:15-3:25 Pack up
    11:50 and 3:25 dismissals begin

    Our half day is very academic and the district does not like the few down times I have in my day as it is, but my principal supported them after I provided him with the research to back them up:eek:
     
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    SO you guys have a morning and afternoon preschool? Do any of yourstudents stay for both?
    Thank you so much for teh info it is very appreciated!:blush:
     
  14. DrivingPigeon

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    Kindergarten in my area is the same way. I don't know the specific requirements for the district I'll be teaching in, yet, though. But schools in the district where I did my student teaching and clinical are very literacy-based with high standards. I know for literacy they need to read at a D level and know 26 site words.

    It's just crazy to think of how kindergarten has changed. I remember when I went half days (21 years ago :)) we did the letter-a-week approach and didn't start actually reading until first grade. I think most children are capable of the standards we set for them now, but it is a little sad that they have such a busy day. And it's tough for the children who just aren't developmentally ready, because they're so behind so early on.
     
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    8:15-9:00 Calendar activities/ theme of the week activities
    9:00-9:45 Saxon Math Lesson/ math centers on Fridays
    9:45-10:00 Snack Recess
    10:00-10:50 Open Court Reading Lesson
    10:50-11:20 Reading/ Literacy Centers
    11:30-12:15 Lunch
    12:15-12:35 Quiet Reading Time
    12:35-1:10- Writing Workshop
    1:10-1:30 P.E.
    1:30-2:00- Social Studies/ Science (Art on Fridays)
    2:00-2:30- Developmental/ Activity Centers
     
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    This is AM and PM kindergarten. We do not have preschool in the public schools in my area. No students may stay for both. We are a public school and there is no way they would pay for that. My school (paid for by a state grant we earned from the PSSA tests) will be offering an extended or early session for at risk students this year for the first time. They will spend an hour in between my two classes working with an intervention specialist. We are the only elementary school in my district doing this and we have 13 elementary schools. My principal and I choose an intervention specialist and have created this program. We will see how it works. I am hopeful that it will prove to be beneficial.
     
  17. mandagap06

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    This is the schedule that most of the kindergarten classes at the elem. schools in our area go by:

    7:50 Literacy Notebooks, Morning Announcements, Pledge, Restroom, Buy Snacks

    8:00 Monthly Songs & Poems Large Group Reading

    9:00 Small Group Reading

    9:45 Restroom & Snack (outside if weather permits)

    9:55 P.E.

    10:40 Math

    11:30 Lunch & Restroom

    12:00 Activity Block(Varies between the schools the time and date are different)

    *Monday - Music (12:35)

    * Tuesday - Computer Lab

    * Wednesday - Library

    * Thursday - Computer Lab

    12:35 Theme

    1:15 Rest Time (Teacher Assessments)

    2:00 Journals

    2:15 Centers/Recess

    2:35 Wrap up & Review

    2:45 Prepare to Dismiss

    2:50 - car pool leaves

    3:00- bus riders leave
     
  18. princessa48

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    Here is a copy of my typical Kindergarten schedule:

    7:45-8:00 Arrival/Attendance
    8:00-8:20 Morning Meeting/Calendar
    8:20-9:30 Reading/Early Literacy Activities
    9:30-9:45 Bathroom Breaks and Snack
    9:45-10:30 Specials (Art, Drama, P.E, Music)
    10:30-11:30 Math Instruction
    11:30-12:00 Spanish
    12:00-12:30 Lunch
    12:30-1:00 Recess
    1:00-1:30 Rest Time
    1:30-2:15 Inquiry (Social Studies/Science, depending on what unit we're doing)
    2:15-2:45 Centers (all educational)
    2:45-3:00 Afternoon Meeting
    3:00-3:15 Pack Up/Dismissal

    Once a week I have to squeeze in Tech time in the computer lab. I usually try to do this on Friday during my literacy time since most of the computer activities we do are literacy related.

    I agree that more and more, kindergarten schedules are looking very similar to first grade schedules. Our children are expected to be reading at a level 4 by May of the year.
     
  19. trayums

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    You are very lucky!!! Kindergarten seems to be like first grade now for the most part. They are busy busy busy most of the day. I love that you have so much "play" time!
     
  20. SueHue

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    Half Day Kinder

    At my school, two K teachers share a classroom, and we have 2 different classes (morning or afternoon). Up until now, we were required to help our partner teacher 40 minutes. Everything will change this year with the 12% budget cut.

    Morning:
    7:00 breakfast - optional
    7:30 doors open/ELD/Workshop
    7:45 attendance, flag salute, calendar
    8:15 Open Court
    9:45 Recess
    10:00 Math
    10:40 Social Studies/Science (Mon/Wed - PE)
    10:55 Closing routines
    11:05 Lunch - Optional
    11:25 Dismissal

    PM class
    10:19 Lunch - optional
    10:45 attendance, flag salute, calendar (Tues/Thurs - PE)
    11:05 Math
    11:40 Open Court
    12:45 Recess
    1:00 Open Court, workshop, ELD
    1:30 Social Studies, Science
    1:50 Closing routines
    1:59 Dismissal

    For the 08-09 school year, we are breaking class size reduction, and we have to change our schedules so we don't overlap. It hasn't all been worked out yet.
     
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    Wow!

    I feel like my school is trying to cram academic learning into the little throats of my children. This is my schedule:


    8:00-8:10 Calendar, morning business
    8:10-8:40 ELD (English Language Development)
    8:40-9:00 OCR (Open Court Reading) (The Green Section)
    9:00-9:20 OCR (Open Court Reading) (Begin the Red Section)
    9:20-9:40 Recess
    9:40-10:00 OCR (Finish up the red section)
    10:00-10:30 Blue Section of OCR
    10:30-11:10 Writer's Workshop
    11:10-11:50 Lunch
    11:50-12:00 Read Aloud
    12:00-12:40 IWT (Independent Work Time)
    12:40-1:30 Math
    1:30-2:00 Single Subject (Health, Science, Art)
    2:00-2:10 Clean Up/ Homework Evaluation/Discuss what was learned
    2:10-2:20 Dismissal

    When they're done with work while we wait for others to finish they have quick early finisher activities. During IWT I let them use structured ABC puzzles, ABC activities, or reading activites (decodables, fluency reading, or read the room, letter hunting, etc.) We don't get the luxury of playing just for the social aspect of it. I do let them "socially play" on Fridays where I call it "free time" for 30minutes.
     
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    I apologize in advance. I am going to jump off topic right now, because I am feeling stressed after reading other people's posts. There are not enough minutes in the day to cover everything, especially in half day kinder! Whoo, ok, I got it out!

    Mudpie, I completely hear you. We rush every day to fit in all of our requirements. We barely have time for writing, let alone science and social studies. It gets to me sometimes.

    A few months ago, I observed in a half day K class at a school in a neighboring district. They are a Reading First school, so it's very rigorous. Unless it comes straight out of Open Court, Teachers are not to teach social studies. Their new social studies curriculum was still wrapped in plastic. Worst of all, they aren't supposed to go to recess! Teachers do for 10 minutes a day anyway, even though they get repremanded by the principal (who's office window is right next to the kinder yard).

    I think Dr. Jean said to put a "testing, do not disturb" sign on your door when you feel the need to break loose and have fun! I need to remember that!
     
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    I'm curious to the teachers that have posted that they follow their morning meeting or calendar time with literacy or reading. What sort of actvities do you do for this? Is it whole group instruction or guided reading with centers? I'm trying to figure out my schedule for this year and am struggling with what to follow calendar time with in the morning (because it is 25 minutes of sitting and listening).
     
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    I do my morning meeting in the am, and I do my calendar time in the PM, at the start of my math block. After morning meeting I have my literacy block. At the beginning of the year it is whole group (name game, phonemic awareness songs and activities, writing workshop, and/or reading workshop with a big book), then it becomes a center time. I start with three centers, where I signal them to rotate. Later it becomes five centers that they go through at their own pace.

    During my meeting they aren't sitting for the whole 20 mintes either, we do a greeting activity, we share, we do a song and dance activity, and then we read the message.
     
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    K 1/2 day schedule

    [F]8:40 Silent Reading
    8:50 Opening Exercises
    9:00 LANGUAGE ARTS
    9:45 P.E.
    10:15 Recess
    10:30 Snack
    10:45 Story
    10:55 MATH
    11:20 SCIENCE/S.S.
    11:40 Dismissal

    12:20 Silent Reading
    12:30 Opening Exercises
    12:35 LANGUAGE ARTS
    12:55 P.E.
    1:25 LANGUAGE ARTS
    1:50 Recess
    2:05 Snack/Show & Tell
    2:20 Story
    2:30 MATH
    2:55 SCIENCE/S.S.
    3:20 Dismissal

    The a.m. stays the same except for a different special each day (2 days of P.E.)[ The p.m. stays the same Mon.-Tues., then changes the special time from 1:40-2:10 but each subject has the same no. of minutes./FONT]
     

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