Here is the schedule for the kindergarten class for next year. If you are a parent and ever need to know where we are / what we are doing at a certain time of day take a look here:
8:50 – 9:05 – Table Activity / Morning Work – As students come into the class in the morning they will be given an activity or work to do at their table. During this time I will be giving quick assessments, and informal observations of students.
9:05 – 9:20 – Calendar / Morning Meeting – This is where we discuss the morning message, things that happened the previous day, sing songs, and play rhyming games. This is a chance for the class to come together and really create the culture for the rest of the day!
For calendar we work on key math skills such as number of the day, place value, tally marks, counting by 1’s, 10’s, 5’s, and 2’s all the way to 100, and patterns. We also talk about days of the week, months of the year, and weather. For a more detailed view of my calendar time take a look at some old videos from the 2011-2012 school here:
9:20 – 10:00 – Whole Group Reading – During our whole group reading time we work on becoming strong and independent readers. There are a few important areas in reading that we focus on during this time.
- Phonics, Spelling, and Phonological Awareness
- Reading Comprehension & Fluency
- Word Work – Vocabulary – Sight Words
- Speaking & Listening
10:00 – 10:35 – Reading Workshop & Guided Reading – This is the part of my schedule that is used in conjunction with the Cengage program. After engaging all students (both Kindergarten / 1st Grade) in the whole group portion of reading students will be split into groups based on their ability. They will engage in hands on academic learning stations meant to reinforce these skills as well as other skills taught during whole group time. Students will be set up at stations according to their grade level and ability. There will also be a place where I will be stationed at a Kidney table, guiding a small group in a leveled reading comprehension lesson. Students will rotate centers throughout 7-8 minutes with the exception of my guided reading group which I will call periodically during my workshop time. For a much more in depth look at my guided reading model, visit here.
10:40 – 11:10 – Recess
11:15 – 11:45 – Lunch
11:55 – 12:20 – Writing – This is where we work on handwriting, fine motor skills, and writing traits. I also do writing workshop at this time. In writing workshop I spend 10 minutes introducing my students to a new skill, whether it be about developing a main idea to their writing; or a mini-lesson on poetry. The next 15 minutes of writing workshop students are….writing. The atmosphere should be very relaxed, I often times will dim the lighting, and I allow my students to write anywhere that feels comfortable for them. During this time I will be conferring with each student and sometimes I will be writing as well. That way my students can see how excited about writing I am as well. During the 5 minutes or so of writing workshop we share out and discuss what went well and what didn’t.
12:25 – 1:00 – Math Explorations – This is where we cover our main math lesson for the day as a whole class and complete a project. One of the other models I plan on implementing in my classroom this year is project based learning; this is where every unit we cover includes some sort of hands on project. Some projects only take one day to complete, other projects can more days to complete. An example project for math in measurement would be; students tracing around and cutting a cutout of their right foot. Students would then use connecting cubes to measure their foot. As a class we would record the information on poster board along with organizing the feet from smallest to longest.
1:00 1:20 – Math Workshop – In my classroom I will be following the workshop model for reading, writing, and math. A true workshop model consists of a teacher led mini-lesson in a whole group, followed by student led “centers” that reinforce the skill or previous skills taught. During our Math Explorations time in the schedule, the skill has already introduced. So during our math workshop time, we are just focused on the small group centers. I will circulate around the room and conference with the groups. Students should be placed in “tiered groups” of 2-3 students in each center. Tiered groups mean that you pair a high student with a low student. That way the low students are getting extra support that they need while you are conferring with the groups. While you are conferring with students you are checking for understanding and completing running records. The centers should be hands on and requires the students to use their critical thinking skills. Students should rotate centers every 7-8 minutes. Here are examples of my math workshop from my 2012-2013 school year classroom.
2013-2014 Classroom workshop examples are here:
1:20 – 1:55 – Specials / Recess (3rd day in rotation) – In our school we have P.E., art, and music. However there are 4 kindergarten classes so we share a 4th rotating period. Our class goes to P.E. and library at this time. When it is our time to go to music we go at a different time and go out to recess at this time.
2:00 – 2:40 – Science / Social Studies – Monday / Wednesday / Friday I will be teaching social studies and Tuesday / Thursday I will be teaching Science. Science and Social Studies will focus quite a bit on the project based learning method I talked about with Math Explorations.
2:40 – 3:10 – Literacy Centers / Extensions (Recess on 3rd specials rotation) – Students are given a clothespin with their name on it and they are able to place their clothes pin at a free-choice center that is “open” for that day. There are various centers around the room that students have different self-directed activities that they can interact with on their own. Certain centers with activities can include but not limited to:
- Art Center – Painting letters
- Writing Center – Stamp a word book
- Computer Center – Starfall.com
- Listening Center – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on CD
- Block Center
- Math Center – Build Bigger Shapes using pattern blocks
- Reading Center – Drop everything and read