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This is for students entering 1st grade.
Your schedule looks great. Now I have a good idea of the activities and materials I need to look for.


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SunShining 06-28-2013 11:37 PM

I'm also teaching summer school K for kids entering first grade - starting next week!

Not sure how helpful this will be since our focus in summer school is literacy (no math or other core subjects), but here's the schedule I'm planning on:

8:45-9:00: Welcome (put things away, meet on the rug, do quick calendar, look over our day)

9:00-9:45: Centers (I'm doing it Daily 5 style - I'll meet with each small group for 15 minutes and the other students will be at word work, work on writing, read to self, or partner reading. In the mornings I'll have an EA so she can help with monitoring the others while I focus on my groups)

9:45-10:15: Special Project (this will vary, but this when we'll do writing projects, art projects, or maybe go outside and write sight words with chalk!)

10:15-10:30: Recess

10:30-10:45: Read aloud and snack

10:45-11:15: PALS (it's a reading skills program)

11:15-11:35: Some days I'll let them have choice time (thinking Tuesdays and Thursdays), and other days we may use this time to finish projects or do an extra read aloud or have more reading time.

11:35-11:45: Pack up and dismissal!

My district's summer school program is only for qualifying Title I/LAP students, so I have the lowest K's from all schools in the district (only 3 elementaries). For this reason, I'm doing centers because I need to be able to have time with them in small groups to focus on skills). I'm also doing PALS to give extra intensive literacy skills practice. As you can see, the day goes very quick Once a week my kids will also go to the public library for story time and book check out - this takes away from teaching time but I feel library visits will be very valuable.

Good luck!! Feel free to PM me if you ever want to talk about kindergarten summer school

lily74 06-25-2013 10:53 AM

This is for students entering 1st grade.
Your schedule looks great. Now I have a good idea of the activities and materials I need to look for.


kdgstar105 06-25-2013 03:29 AM

Is this for kids that will be entering K in the fall or is this for kids that just finished kindergarten? If the kids are just entering K you will need to make the activities shorter with more movement activites. If they already finished a year in K then you will be able to plan longer lessons and have them work and sit for longer periods of time.

Regardless, 3 hours including possible breakfast/lunch and bathroom breaks is not very long. It will fly by! I would try to start off each day with some type of daily routine. Most kids that have attended PreK or K are used to a morning opening/circle time to start each day.

As far as the reading/math and writing, I would divide up the time you have. At the end of the year I was spending about 45 minutes on writing (journal and sentence writing , not handwriting), about 45 minutes on math and a little over an hour on reading.

The reading lesson, however, often included several activities within the reading block of time. Ex: you might spend 20 minutes on an alphabet activity, 15 minutes on a big book, 20 minutes on a rhyming game etc.... It was never an hour long activity on 1 topic.

You mentioned art activities. I would probably just incorporate them into the reading and math lessons.

lily74 06-24-2013 11:36 AM

I am a 3rd grade teacher but will be teaching K summer school this year.
We have 3 hours per day, possibly less for instruction as the students may be getting breakfast and/or lunch (not sure yet).

Any suggestions for a possible schedule.
eg. how long for reading practice/writing practice/math/art activities


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