I work at a Private School that is open for 12 hours each day…6:30 in the morning to 6:30 at night! Our Kindergarten Curriculum is from 9:00 to 3:00…but a lot of my kiddos get dropped off early and stay late…therefore…they need a lot of entertainment (and singing from me) ! My kiddos eat breakfast, lunch, and snack in our classroom. We do not have special teachers for art, computer, gym, or library…it is all ME! That is why I have found it so important to have a great schedule in place. I have tweaked this schedule MANY times…and will probably again to best suit the needs of my kinders.
You can find a current copy of my schedule here: Kindergarten Schedule PDF (it is also available in my TPT store if you want to access it later). So far, this seems to work WONDERS for my students. Do I NEED to be FLEXIBLE? YES!! Yet, sticking to this schedule as best as we can has been a lifesaver!!!
Let me break down some parts of our day…
6:30-8:00: When students come into the class…we try to stay calm and quiet! Students are allowed to read, write, work on puzzles, or draw.
8:00-8:30: We eat breakfast!
8:30-9:00: After breakfast, students continue to read, write, work on puzzles, or draw.
9:00-9:30: Kindergarten begins! We start our day with our Morning Meeting! It is our FAVORITE time of day! Our Morning Meeting includes…morning greeting, morning sharing time, morning activity, and our morning message (stayed tuned for my blog post about our Morning Meeting)! We then review our Whole-Brain teaching rules (stayed tuned for my blog post about Whole-Brain Teaching), say the pledge, and sing our “Twelve Months in the Year song”! We then start our calendar time! During calendar time, we discuss the month of the year, spell the month, and say it in Spanish, we then practice the date, count the days in Spanish and then backwards. After that we start to go over “Today, is, Yesterday was, and Tomorrow will be.” We do a roller-coaster hand-movement until we get to the correct day of the week, and then we practice our days in Spanish and sign language. We then start our weather portion! We review the season, fill in our weather graph, discuss what the weather looks like, and the temperature (cold, cool, warm, or hot). We then move onto days in school. We fill in a frame on our ten frames, count to the day in tens and fives, write the number, and add a straw! Afterwards we complete morning exercises (different exercises to the number of the days in school…for instance, if it is the 70th day of school, we do 70 exercises while counting). We then take a gonoodle break and then discuss our schedule and theme.
9:30-10:30: Reading Block! We start with phonemic awareness (Michael Haggerty), sight words (Fry’s and Journey’s Curriculum) read-aloud (Journey’s Curriculum and theme books)…we focus on comprehension and vocabulary, and phonics skills (we love using Tara West’s KinderWordFamilies -Little Minds at Work). Students also get to practice their reading skills on Starfall and Teach Your Monster to Read!
10:30-11:00: My kiddos get to PLAY at centers! (art, computer, science, math, blocks, home-living, gross-motor, music, reading, writing)
11:00-11:30: Writing Block! During this time time, we practice our handwriting skills through Handwriting Without Tears and we work on writing by writing letters, stories, write the room, rainbow writing, etc. (we love using writing stations from Amber Masters -A Smiling Teacher). Students also get to practice their keyboarding skills with Keyboarding Without Tears.
11:30-12:00: We enjoy lunch!
12:00-12:30: My kiddos get to PLAY at centers! (art, computer, science, math, blocks, home-living, gross-motor, music, reading, writing)
12:30-1:00: We finally get to play outside or enjoy a gross-motor activity inside if we are unable to get outside!
1:00-1:20: We read to self or read to someone during this time! We have spent A LOT of time building our stamina, practiced finding good reading spots, and practiced getting started right away and reading the whole time (stayed tuned for my blog post about our read to self time and book bins)!
1:20-2:00: During this time, students explore different reading centers while I work with a SMALL guided reading group (stayed tuned for my blog post about our reading centers and guided reading).
2:00-2:20: Math time! We use Everyday Mathematics…and I supplement it with Tara West’s Math Intervention (Little Minds at Work). I am looking to purchase more curriculum next year!
2:20-2:45: Science/Social Studies/Music usually matching the theme of the week!
2:45-3:00: Our Afternoon Meeting time including sharing time, afternoon activity, and afternoon reflection!
3:00-3:15: Kindergarten ends at this time and we enjoy snack!
3:15-4:00: Free centers…more play time!!!
4:00-4:30: Students get to play outside or enjoy a gross-motor activity inside if we are unable to get outside!
4:30-6:30: Students enjoy table activities, reading, writing, or drawing!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our schedule! I know I enjoy seeing how other teachers’ structure their day! Thanks for reading!